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Tepha Inc. Subsidiary, Galatea Surgical, Announces Presentation of GalaFLEX™ Surgical Scaffold Clinical Data at London Breast Meeting

Galatea Also Announces First Outside the United States Clinical Use of GalaFLEX for Breast Surgery


LEXINGTON, MA, November 15th,  2016 – Galatea Surgical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tepha, Inc. focused on the Plastic and Aesthetic surgery market, announced today that clinical data supporting the use of its GalaFLEX™ Surgical Scaffold for mastopexy (i.e. breast lift) was presented at the London Breast Meeting by William P. Adams, MD of Dallas Texas.  Galatea also announced that the first surgical procedure utilizing GalaFLEX for an aesthetic breast surgical procedure outside the United States was performed by Patrick Mallucci, MD, FRCS, a leading London-based Plastic Surgeon.  The GalaFLEX Surgical Scaffold is made from a resorbable polymer called P4HB™, developed by Galatea’s parent company, Tepha, Inc.


Dr. Adams commented, “Mastopexy, or breast lift, is a good choice for the many women seeking a rejuvenated, perkier appearance, but without a breast implant; however, maintaining the surgical correction of ptosis (drooping) is often a challenge due to the weakened condition of the underlying breast tissue.  Our preliminary one year experience with GalaFlex utilized to support the weakened tissue suggests that it can help to sustain our surgical correction with minimal risk to the patient.”


Mr. Mallucci added, “I am very excited about the opportunity to utilize the GalaFlex Surgical Scaffold in a variety of my aesthetic breast procedures.  My first case went very smoothly and I was impressed with the ease of use and handling properties of the GalaFLEX mesh.”


The GalaFLEX Surgical Scaffold is based on Tepha’s P4HB™, resorbable polymer technology. P4HB (poly-4-hydroxybutyrate) is a proprietary polymer with a unique biomechanical and biocompatibility profile that is ideal for soft tissue repair and support procedures. GalaFLEX Surgical Scaffold has a CE Mark (for European marketing) and is intended for use in breast surgery procedures for which soft tissue support may be needed to obtain the desired surgical result.


About Tepha: Tepha Inc, founded in 1998 and headquartered in Lexington, MA, is a supplier of medical devices focused on the BioMaterials market.  Tepha’s products are designed and developed to elevate, support and reinforce areas of soft tissue weakness as well as to promote improved healing responses. To date Tepha and its partners have received 23 510(k) clearances for devices marketed in the US as well as five CE Marks for products sold in Europe. Commercial products based on Tepha’s resorbable P4HB polymer technology include:  high tensile strength sutures for orthopedic soft tissue repair; mesh constructs for ventral and inguinal hernia repair; monofilament sutures for abdominal wall closure and plastic surgery; patches for tendon and ligament repairs; and mesh constructs for face and breast lifts. To date, products made from P4HB have been successfully used in more than 1,000,000 surgical procedures worldwide, and have been the subject of over 30 published clinical and scientific papers.


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Contact:          Lois Lombardi                                     Andy Joiner

Vice President, Galatea                         President and CEO, Tepha Inc.

781-357-1752                                     781-357-1770