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NOVOCART®3D for Treatment of Articular Cartilage of the Knee (N3D)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01957722
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : October 8, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 25, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Aesculap Biologics, LLC

Brief Summary:
This study is to NOVOCART 3D relative to Microfracture for the treatment of knee cartilage defects. Efficacy will be evaluated by both pain and function. Safety will also be evaluated.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Articular Cartilage of the Femoral Condyle Between 2-6cm2 Procedure: microfracture Biological: NOVOCART 3D Phase 3

Detailed Description:
Subjects with articular knee defects will be randomized to receive either Microfracture or NOVOCART 3D. Subjects will be followed for five years in total and will be evaluated for safety and efficacy.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 233 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase 3, Prospective, Randomized, Partially Blinded Multi-Center Study to Measure the Safety and Efficacy of NOVOCART 3D Compared ot Microfracture in the Treatment of Articular Cartilage Defects
Study Start Date : January 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : August 2021

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: NOVOCART 3D
Scaffold assisted autologous chondrocyte Implant
Biological: NOVOCART 3D
combination product- biologic (autologous chondrocytes) /device (scaffold) implant
Active Comparator: Microfracture
considered a typical treatment for articular cartilage repair
Procedure: microfracture
Surgical procedure which creates a marrow clot in the prepare cartilage defect.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain [ Time Frame: 24 months post treatment ]
    As measured by change in score from Baseline in KOOS score

  2. Function [ Time Frame: 24 months post treatment ]
    As measured by change in score from Baseline in KOOS score

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Greater than 18 years old
  • Isolated articular cartilage lesions on the femoral condyle 2-6 cm2
  • Minimum score on the KOOS questionnaire

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Instability of the knee joint
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Immune suppression
  • Prior surgical treatment using mosaicplasty, autologous chondrocyte implantation and/or microfracture (debridement and lavage are acceptable beyond three months from baseline)
  • Bone disease
  • Any degenerative muscular, connective tissue or neurological condition or other disease process that would interfere with healing or the evaluation of outcome measures.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01957722

Contact: Cathy Dawson 610-894-9440 cathy.dawson@aesculap.com

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Aesculap Biologics, LLC

Responsible Party: Aesculap Biologics, LLC
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01957722     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAG-G-H-1220
First Posted: October 8, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 25, 2016
Last Verified: November 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No