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Clinical Trial to Evaluate Blister Graft Utilizing a Novel Harvesting Device for Treatment of Venous Leg Ulcers (Cellutome)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02148302
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Stopped by sponsor. No interest in continuing trial due to business changes.)
First Posted : May 28, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 10, 2018
Kinetic Concepts, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
SerenaGroup, Inc.

Brief Summary:

Epidermal grafts are believed to promote healing by two mechanisms: graft take and the promotion of wound healing through the delivery of growth factors and the essential elements of tissue repair and wound healing.28 This study is intended to establish the superior effectiveness of epidermal grafting and multi-layer compression over that of multi-layer compression alone, in the treatment of venous leg ulcers.

Millions of Americans are afflicted with painful, open, draining sores on their lower extremities. These sores are referred to as venous leg ulcerations (VLUs). Under the best of circumstances these ulcers require weeks or months to heal. Not uncommonly wound care specialists see patients who have suffered for years or faced amputation of the limb as their only option to alleviate the pain.

Standard of care will result in healing in 50% of venous leg ulcers in 12 weeks. However, roughly half of patients suffering from venous ulcers will require advanced therapy. Epidermal grafting has been a reconstructive option for decades; however, to date there has not been a reliable and reproducible system to harvest epidermis. The CelluTome® Harvesting System permits the harvesting of epidermal blister grafts at the patient's bedside without the need for anesthesia. The grafts can be easily transferred to the wound bed. In case studies, epidermal grafting appeared to be effective in reducing wound size and accelerating closure of venous leg ulcers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Impaired Wound Healing Venous Insufficiency of Leg Diabetic Ulcers Device: Harvesting Device (CelluTome©) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

This study is a multi-center, randomized, controlled open-label study designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of epidermal grafting using the CelluTome® system plus multi-layer compression therapy versus multi-layer compression (SOC) in the treatment of venous leg ulcers.

The study will have two phases: Screening and Treatment. The Screening Phase (1 -14 days) is designed to determine whether subjects are eligible to proceed to the Treatment Phase of the study and consists of a series of screening assessments designed to determine eligibility.

At or up to 14 days before the first Screening Phase Visit (S1), written informed consent from the subject will be obtained by the Investigator or suitably qualified designee before the performance of any other protocol-specific procedure.

At the first Screening Phase Visit (S1), the Investigator will select the study (target) ulcer. Each subject will have only one VLU selected as the study (target) ulcer. In the situation where a subject has more than one VLU at the S1 visit, the Investigator will select the largest VLU that meets the eligibility criteria of the protocol as the study (target) ulcer.

Patients whose target ulcer has been treated with compression therapy for the previous two weeks are eligible to enter the treatment phase once all of the inclusion and exclusion criteria are met. If the ulcer has not received compression, the patient should be placed in compression and enrolled in the study after 14 days of compression therapy. Ulcers that have decreased in size by more than 40% during the screening period will be excluded as "rapid healer." Subjects that meet the inclusion/exclusion criteria at the end of screening will be randomized to either the Cellutome graft plus Standard of Care group or just the Standard of Care group. At Treatment Visit 7, subjects in the Standard of Care group that have healed <40% will be allowed to cross over to the Cellutome graft group.

The study will consist of up to 30 centers in the United States each contributing about 10 subjects per center in order to obtain 194 evaluable subjects. The investigators anticipate a 10% drop out rate during the trial therefore a total of 213 subjects will be recruited. This trial employs an adaptive design therefore the enrollment numbers may be reduced or increased based on planned interim analysis.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 123 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Multi-center Randomized Open-Label Controlled Clinical Trial Evaluating Suction Blister Grafting Utilizing a Novel Harvesting Device (CelluTome©) and Standard of Care vs. Standard of Care Alone in the Treatment of Venous Leg Ulcers
Study Start Date : May 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2017

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Harvesting Device (CelluTome©)

open-label trial designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Epidermal grafting plus multi-layer compression therapy versus multi-layer compression alone in the healing of venous leg ulcers.

Epidermal grafting will be applied up to three times in the treatment arm: at day zero, week 4 and week 8.

A run-in period of two weeks followed by twelve weeks of active treatment

Device: Harvesting Device (CelluTome©)
Subjects who continue to meet eligibility criteria will be randomized to one of two groups: (1) Up to 3 applications of Epidermal grafting harvested utilizing the CelluTome® system at day zero, week 4 and week 8, visits plus standard of care (multi-layer compression) (2) Multilayer compression alone.

No Intervention: Control: SOC alone
The Standard of Care therapy in this study is multi-layer compression therapy. A number of compression bandaging systems are commercially available. The trial will utilize Coban-2 (3M, Minneapolis, MN).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Time to healing in patients treated with epidermal grafting and standard of care vs. standard of care alone. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Percentage of venous leg ulcers that have healed each week. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  2. Cost effectiveness of epidermal grafting versus standard of care. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  3. Incidence of adverse events with epidermal grafting versus standard of care. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  4. Correlation between protease level and healing rate. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Swabs will be collected on the ulcer to determine the protease level. This level will be correlated with the healing process as indicated by wound characteristics and wound size.

  5. Pain scores as reported by subjects. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. At least 18 years old.
  2. Adequate arterial flow (Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABI) > 0.75. (Calculations will be made using measurements from both posterior tibial and dorsalis pedis arteries as well as both arms), OR Skin Perfusion Pressure (SPP) >30, OR biphasic PVR OR TBI > 0.60 OR TCPO2 > 30mmHg OR adequate perfusion as demonstrated on florescent angiography, LUNA®).
  3. Presence of a venous leg ulcer through full skin thickness but not down to muscle, tendon or bone. The largest ulcer will be the index ulcer and the only one included in the study. If other ulcerations are present on the same leg they have to be more than 2 cm apart from the index ulcer.
  4. Study ulcer has been present for at least one month prior to the initial screening visit, and is excluded if it has undergone 12 months of continuous high strength compression therapy over its duration.
  5. Study ulcer is a minimum of 2.0 cm2 / maximum of 25 cm2 at the randomization visit.
  6. The target ulcer has been treated with compression therapy for at least 14 days prior to randomization.
  7. Ulcer has a clean, granulating base with minimal adherent slough at the randomization visit.
  8. Patient understands / is willing to participate in the clinical study and can comply with weekly visits and follow-up regimen.
  9. Patient has read and signed the IRB/IEC approved Informed Consent Form before screening procedures are undertaken.

Exclusion Criteria:

Potential subjects meeting any of the following criteria will be excluded from enrollment and subsequent randomization.

  1. Study ulcer(s) deemed by the investigator to be caused by a medical condition other than venous insufficiency. These may include, but are not limited to: fungal ulcerations, malignant ulcerations, and ulcerations due to arterial insufficiency.
  2. Study ulcer exhibits clinical signs and symptoms of infection at the SV (screening visit) or TV1 (Treatment Visit 1).
  3. Known allergy to the components of the multi-layer compression bandaging, or who cannot tolerate multi-layer compression therapy.
  4. Study ulcer is suspicious for cancer should undergo an ulcer biopsy to rule out a carcinoma of the ulcer. The patient may be enrolled after a negative biopsy.
  5. Patients with a history of more than two weeks treatment with immunosuppressants (including systemic corticosteroids), cytotoxic chemotherapy, or application of topical steroids to the ulcer surface within one month prior to initial screening, or who receive such medications during the screening period, or who are anticipated to require such medications during the course of the study.
  6. Study ulcer has been previously treated with tissue engineered materials (e.g. Apligraf® or Dermagraft®) or other scaffold materials (e.g. Oasis, meristem) within the last 30 days
  7. Study ulcer requiring negative pressure wound therapy or hyperbaric oxygen during the course of the trial.
  8. Ulcers on the dorsum of the foot or with more than 50% of the ulcer below the malleolus are excluded.
  9. Pregnant or breast feeding.
  10. Known history of having Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or with a history of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
  11. Known uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus, as measured by an HbA1c > 10%.
  12. Ulcers that have healed more than 40% during the screening phase are excluded.
  13. Patients on any investigational drug(s) or therapeutic device(s) within 30 days preceding screening (i.e. S1); or patient or physician anticipates use of any of these therapies by the subject during the course of the study.
  14. History of radiation at ulcer site.
  15. Presence of one or more medical conditions, including renal, hepatic, hematologic, active auto-immune or immune diseases that, would make the subject an inappropriate candidate for this ulcer healing study.
  16. Patients who are unable to understand the aims and objectives of the trial.
  17. Presence of any condition(s) which seriously compromises the subject's ability to complete this study, or has a known history of poor adherence with medical treatment.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02148302

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United States, Florida
Eric Lullove, Dpm
Boca Raton, Florida, United States, 33433
Advanced Research Institute of Miami
Homestead, Florida, United States, 33030
Largo Medical Center
Largo, Florida, United States, 33770
GF Professional Research
Miami Lakes, Florida, United States, 33016
United States, Georgia
St Marys Health Care System
Athens, Georgia, United States, 30606
United States, Indiana
Michael Miller, Do
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 46234
United States, Massachusetts
Berkshire Medical Center
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States, 01201
United States, New Jersey
Inspira Health Network
Elmer, New Jersey, United States, 08318
Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, 07601
United States, Ohio
Akron General Medical Center
Akron, Ohio, United States, 44307
University of Toledo Medical Center
Toledo, Ohio, United States, 43614
United States, Oklahoma
St John Medical Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, 74135
United States, Oregon
Bay Area Hospital
Coos Bay, Oregon, United States, 97420
United States, Pennsylvania
Summit Health Hospital
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, United States, 17201
Saint Vincent Health Center
Erie, Pennsylvania, United States, 16544
Armstrong County Memorial Hospital
Kittanning, Pennsylvania, United States, 16201
United States, South Carolina
Regional Medical Center
Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States, 29118
United States, Virginia
Pharmakon Medical Research
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States, 22801
Sponsors and Collaborators
SerenaGroup, Inc.
Kinetic Concepts, Inc.
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Principal Investigator: Thomas Serena, MD SerenaGroup, Inc.

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Responsible Party: SerenaGroup, Inc. Identifier: NCT02148302     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CELLUTOME-VLU-013
First Posted: May 28, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2018
Last Verified: September 2018
Keywords provided by SerenaGroup, Inc.:
Venous Leg Ulcerations
Epidermal Grafts
Chronic wounds
Clinical trial
Protease levels in chronic wounds
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Varicose Ulcer
Venous Insufficiency
Leg Ulcer
Pathologic Processes
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases
Varicose Veins
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Skin Diseases, Vesiculobullous
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical