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MTF Biologics® Receives First Investigational Device Exemption Approval for Human Acellular Dermal Matrix in Breast Reconstruction

Non-profit organization to begin clinical study for FlexHD® Pliable in 2024


Edison, NJ (October 24, 2023) MTF Biologics, a global nonprofit organization that saves and heals lives by honoring donated gifts, serving patients, and advancing the science of tissue transplantation, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) to begin a clinical study confirming the safety and effectiveness of FlexHD® Pliable for implant-based breast reconstruction. This marks the first IDE approval for a human acellular dermal matrix (ADM) for breast reconstruction granted by FDA and is an important milestone in MTF Biologics pursuing Pre-Market Approval (PMA) for FlexHD® Pliable.

“We are excited to embark on a PMA study for FlexHD® Pliable in breast reconstruction,” said Marc Long, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Research and Development, Clinical and Medical Affairs at MTF Biologics. “This landmark IDE approval demonstrates MTF Biologics’ commitment to meeting evolving regulatory standards and will ensure that FlexHD® Pliable continues to meet the highest quality and safety benchmarks.”

Developed in partnership with plastic and reconstructive surgeons a decade ago, FlexHD® Pliable is a tissue form cut from a deeper layer of dermis and processed using an aseptic technique. FlexHD® Pliable was designed to offer surgeons improved handling and clinical efficacy.

To support its PMA, MTF Biologics developed a clinical study in collaboration with the FDA to achieve an indication for use in breast reconstruction. The study, which will launch in late 2024, will enroll patients undergoing mastectomy and implant-based breast reconstruction at U.S. institutions.

"MTF Biologics is committed to ensuring the safety and efficacy of our tissues and dedicated to supporting plastic and reconstructive surgeons and the patients they care for each day," said Joe Yaccarino, Chief Executive Officer of MTF Biologics. "We look forward to beginning this important clinical study and advancing efforts to ensure that surgeons and patients have access to FlexHD® Pliable."

About MTF Biologics

MTF Biologics is a global nonprofit organization that saves and heals lives by honoring donated gifts, serving patients and advancing science. They provide unmatched service, resources, and expertise to donors and their loved ones who give the gift of donation, people who depend on tissue and organ transplants, healthcare providers, and clinicians and scientists.

The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM), a Division of MTF Biologics, honors donors of non-transplantable organs by providing their gifts to the medical research community to combat and cure diseases. Statline, also a Division of MTF Biologics, provides specialized communications and technology expertise to organ, tissue, and eye procurement organizations, as well as the hospitals and patients that they serve. Its sister organization, Deutsches Institute for Zell-und Gewebeersatz – DIZG (The German Institute for Cell and Tissue Transplantation) expands its reach to patients across the globe. For more information, visit