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Use of Fish Skin Extracellular Matrix (ECM) to Facilitate Chronic Wound Healing

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kerecis Ltd. Identifier:
First received: May 4, 2011
Last updated: February 28, 2017
Last verified: May 2011

The clinical study is designed to assess the effectiveness, safety and non-immunogenicity of fish skin wound dressing extracellular matrix (ECM) in treating chronic wounds.

The wound dressing is indicated for the management of difficult to heal and chronic wounds. The matrix is cut to fit the wound and is applied to the wound bed. An absorptive secondary dressing is put on top. Further dressing of the wound depends on the etiology.

The indications for use are:

  • partial and full-thickness wounds
  • pressure ulcers
  • venous ulcers
  • diabetic ulcers
  • chronic vascular ulcers
  • tunneled/undermined wounds
  • trauma wounds (abrasions, lacerations, second-degree burns, and skin tears)

Condition Intervention
Pressure Ulcers Venous Ulcers Diabetic Ulcers Chronic Ulcer of Foot Trauma-related Wound Device: Marigen Wound Dressing

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Chronic Wound Treatment With Extracellular Matrix (ECM) Scaffold Made From Fish Proteins

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Further study details as provided by Kerecis Ltd.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Wound healing [ Time Frame: one year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Wound granulation [ Time Frame: one year ]

Enrollment: 37
Study Start Date: November 2010
Study Completion Date: January 1, 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Marigen Wound Dressing Device: Marigen Wound Dressing
The dressing is changed at least twice a week, with no more than five days between dressing changes. It is extremely important that the dressings are changed sufficiently often. On highly exuding ulcers the three or four dressing changes per week may be necessary. Duration is four weeks.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Venous leg ulcer
  • Arterial leg ulcer
  • Rheumatic leg ulcer
  • Hydrostatic leg ulcer
  • Ulcer where healing is delayed because of drug therapy
  • Non-healing ulcer due to known or unknown causes

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Active infection
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01348581

National University Hospital
Reykjavik, Iceland, 108
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kerecis Ltd.
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kerecis Ltd. Identifier: NCT01348581     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KERECIS-10-106-S1
Study First Received: May 4, 2011
Last Updated: February 28, 2017

Keywords provided by Kerecis Ltd.:
Aged, 80 and over
Biological Dressings
Chronic Disease
Extracellular Matrix
Granulation Tissue
Leg Ulcer
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Soft Tissue Injuries
Treatment Outcome
Varicose Ulcer
Wound Healing
Wounds and Injuries

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Pressure Ulcer
Varicose Ulcer
Foot Ulcer
Pathologic Processes
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases
Varicose Veins
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Leg Ulcer
Foot Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017