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Merck Serono Announces FDA Clearance for Auxogyn's Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva®) System

Darmstadt, Germany (ots/PRNewswire) -

- FDA clearance validates Eeva System, which enables in-vitro fertilization
  (IVF) clinicians to offer the proprietary Eeva Test and further demonstrates
  commitment by Merck Serono and Auxogyn to bring innovative technologies to the IVF
  community
- Eeva Test first-of-a-kind prognostic, non-invasive test that provides IVF
  clinicians objective information regarding embryo development to help optimize
  treatment plans for their patients
 

Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, today announced that the proprietary Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva(R)) System of Merck Serono's strategic partner Auxogyn received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its de novo classification process, a regulatory pathway for select novel, low-to-moderate risk medical devices that are first-of-a-kind. Merck Serono is the exclusive commercial partner of Auxogyn, Inc., for the Eeva System in Europe and Canada.

The Eeva Test, used adjunctively to traditional morphology, is the first and only prognostic, non-invasive embryo test to receive clearance from the FDA. The Eeva Test utilizes proprietary software that automatically analyzes embryo development against scientifically derived cell-division timing parameters captured through continual video imaging. This objective information provided to reproductive endocrinologists and embryologists helps to optimize treatment plans for their patients.

"The FDA clearance of the Eeva System reinforces the value of the applicability of the Eeva Test in the IVF lab and may improve IVF outcomes. It marks another significant and exciting milestone in our continued collaboration with Auxogyn to further support the clinical development and commercialization of their Eeva Test," said Meeta Gulyani, Head of Strategy and Global Franchises at Merck Serono. "We, therefore, welcome this further validation for the potential of the Eeva Test to objectively identify the embryos with the highest implantation potential, which may ultimately improve patient outcomes."

The Eeva System received the CE Mark in 2012 and has been commercially available in the European Union ever since, and more recently in Canada since 2013. The potential of the Eeva System led to an expansion of the original partnership agreement to include a licensing agreement between Merck and Auxogyn, announced in April 2014 for the exclusive rights to commercialize the Eeva Test in Europe and Canada. Auxogyn plans to commercialize the Eeva Test in the United States later this year.

"We're excited to receive the de novo FDA clearance for the Eeva System and believe this marks a significant milestone in the field of IVF," said Lissa Goldenstein, president and CEO of Auxogyn. "We have followed a rigorous, years-long clinical validation process and regulatory pathway to bring the Eeva Test to market. Our clearance provides a new level of confidence to IVF clinicians who, for the first time, have quantitative information that can be used in addition to traditional morphology to aid in deciding which embryo or embryos to transfer."

According to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), approximately five million additional babies have been born worldwide since 1978 as a result of assisted reproduction technologies (ART), like IVF.[1] This trend may increase due to advancements in ART and IVF technologies such as the Eeva Test.

References

1) European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. (2012). The
  world's number of IVF and ICSI babies has now reached a calculated total of 5 million
  [Press release]. Retrieved from
  http://www.eshre.eu/Press-Room/Press-releases/Press-releases-ESHRE-2012/5-million-babies.aspx
 

About Auxogyn

Auxogyn is revolutionizing the field of reproductive medicine by translating scientific discoveries in early embryo development into clinical tools. The company's flagship product, the Eeva Test, delivers consistent, objective and quantitative information regarding embryo viability that IVF clinicians and infertility patients can use to make important treatment decisions. Auxogyn is privately held and funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, MS Ventures, SR One and TPG Biotech.

For more information regarding Auxogyn, please visit http://www.auxogyn.com.

About Eeva

Auxogyn's non-invasive early embryo viability assessment (Eeva) Test when used adjunctively to traditional morphology may improve IVF outcomes by providing IVF clinicians and patients with objective information on embryo viability. The Eeva System utilizes proprietary software that automatically analyzes embryo development against scientifically and clinically validated cell-division timing parameters. With Eeva's quantitative data on each embryo's potential development, IVF clinicians can optimize the treatment path for their patients undergoing IVF procedures.

Auxogyn received CE mark for Eeva in July 2012, and it is currently available for use in selected countries in the EU.

For more information regarding Eeva, please visit http://www.eevaivf.com.

About Merck Serono

Merck Serono is the biopharmaceutical division of Merck. With headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, Merck Serono offers leading brands in 150 countries to help patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, infertility, endocrine and metabolic disorders as well as cardiovascular diseases. In the United States and Canada, EMD Serono operates as a separately incorporated subsidiary of Merck Serono.

Merck Serono discovers, develops, manufactures and markets prescription medicines of both chemical and biological origin in specialist indications. We have an enduring commitment to deliver novel therapies in our core focus areas of neurology, oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology.

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