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Hancock Jaffe Laboratories, Inc.(NASDAQ:HJLI) intends to raise $10.51 million from the sale of ADSs representing Class A shares in a U.S. IPO, according to an amended registration statement. Hancock Jaffe Laboratories will be landing NASDAQ, and IPO price range is $6.00-8.00.
We are a development stage medical device company developing biologic-based solutions that are designed to be life-enhancing for patients with cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial and venous disease, and end stage renal disease, or ESRD. Each product candidate we are developing is designed to allow vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons to achieve effectiveness while improving current procedures and healthcare for a variety of patients. We are in the process of developing and obtaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, approval for the following three product candidates: the Bioprosthetic Heart Valve, which we refer to as BHV, the Bioprosthetic Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, which we refer to as CoreoGraft, and the Bioprosthetic Venous Valve, which we refer to as the VenoValve. We have previously manufactured, developed and obtained FDA pre-market approval for the ProCol Vascular Bioprosthesis, a product for hemodialysis vascular access in patients with ESRD, which we sold to LeMaitre Vascular, Inc., or LMAT, in March 2016.
Each of our product candidates will be required to successfully complete significant clinical trials to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the product candidate before it will be able to be approved by the FDA. The completion of these clinical trials will require a significant amount of capital and the hiring of additional personnel.
We are in the process of developing the following bioprosthetic implantable devices for cardiovascular disease:
- The Bioprosthetic Heart Valve: the BHV is a bioprosthetic, porcine, or pig, heart valve designed to function like a native heart valve, and designed to provide a patient greater functional performance than currently available devices. Early pre-clinical testing has demonstrated improved function over existing surgically implanted devices and, due to these study results, we believe BHV may be suitable for the pediatric population, as it accommodates its performance concomitant with the growth of the patient. Most of the data and studies have been performed to support our submission to the FDA for either a first-in-human study or for an investigational device exemption, or IDE, which we plan to submit in 2019. If we receive approval for an IDE, we plan to proceed with a clinical trial through the FDA standard ISO 5840, which is the international standard for bioprosthetic heart valve testing.
- The CoreoGraft: the CoreoGraft is an “off the shelf” bioprosthetic, bovine, or cow, derived coronary artery bypass graft with a 3 millimeter, or mm, diameter for use as a coronary vascular conduit in coronary artery bypass procedures. The CoreoGraft is designed to eliminate the need for harvesting the patient’s saphenous vein and/or radial artery and to facilitate a more complete revascularization of the injured heart muscle. The CoreoGraft is intended to allow for effective coronary bypass procedures for a significant number of patients who have no adequate vessels for grafting, especially patients undergoing redo procedures. We believe we will need to proceed with both pre-clinical and human studies in order to obtain FDA approval. Once we complete the pre-clinical studies, we plan to proceed with a human trial to evaluate this graft in patients in need of cardiac revascularization without any autologous tissue. The human study would likely be a one-year study to evaluate the graft being open by coronary angiography. We intended to start the pre-clinical studies in the United States in 2018 and, depending on the testing results, file our IDE with the FDA for clinical trial in 2019.
- The Venous Valve: the VenoValve is a bioprosthetic, porcine venous valve for patients with lower limb chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, which occurs because of damage to the valves of the veins in the legs after patients develop blood clots in the deep venous system. An estimated 4.5 million people experience lower limb CVI in the United States and we believe the VenoValve, which is surgically implanted, will result in improvement in venous valve function in the legs of these patients. The VenoValve would replace dysfunctional valves in the deep venous system in individuals suffering from lower limb CVI. The VenoValve could allow for surgical insertion into the femoral vein or popliteal vein, thereby re-establishing competence and antegrade venous flow back to the heart and improvement in symptoms. Preclinical prototype testing, including in vivo animal studies by us, and in vitro hemodynamic studies, have demonstrated that the VenoValve mimics the function of a normal functioning venous valve. In preclinical studies, the VenoValve has passed the following areas: hemolysis, complement activation, platelet/leukocyte, thrombogenicity, cytotoxicity, and corrosion resistance. Moreover, the VenoValve has functioned normally in acute pre-clinical implementations as shown by venograms, and has also functioned normally under various conditions in hydrodynamic testing. Ascending and descending venography of the VenoValve in pre-clinical study has demonstrated competency of the valve as well as being open in appropriate flow patterns. Results of eight pre-clinical tests were submitted to the FDA in the third quarter of 2017 in order to commence first-in-human trials in the United States. In the fourth quarter of 2017, we and the FDA discussed the pre-clinical tests submitted by us in the third quarter of 2017 and the FDA recommended we perform an additional 90-day pre-clinical study before commencing a first-in-human testing. We are preparing to commence the additional pre-clinical trial and once completed, we expect to begin first-in-human testing and file our IDE with the FDA in 2019. Once we commence the first-in-human testing, we may seek to obtain reimbursement approval for this product candidate.
In addition, we previously manufactured, developed and obtained FDA pre-market approval, or PMA, for the ProCol Vascular Bioprosthesis, a Class III product for hemodialysis vascular access in patients with ESRD. It is a biological graft derived from a bovine mesenteric vein. The ProCol Vascular Bioprosthesis received a PMA for commercial sale in the United States for use as a vascular access bridge graft in patients who require graft placement or repair subsequent to at least one failed prosthetic graft implant.
In March 2016, LMAT, a provider of peripheral vascular devices and implants, acquired our ProCol Vascular Bioprosthesis for its dialysis access line of products for an upfront payment and a three-year royalty of up to $5 million. We continue to provide manufacturing transition services to LMAT from our facility in Irvine, California, and are obligated to do so under an agreement with LMAT until 2019. Our ongoing revenue stream is derived from the sub-contract manufacturing services and royalties earned on LMAT sales pursuant to our agreement with LMAT.