Anika Wins CE Mark Approval For ORTHOVISC®-T To Relieve Pain and Restore Function of Tendons Damaged by Chronic Injury

December 19, 2016

BEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anika Therapeutics, Inc., (NASDAQ: ANIK), a global, integrated orthopedic medicines company specializing in therapeutics based on its proprietary hyaluronic acid “HA” technology, today announced that it received CE Mark approval for ORTHOVISC-T (sodium hyaluronate for peritendinous injection), a treatment indicated to relieve pain and restore function in tendons affected by chronic lateral epicondylosis. ORTHOVISC-T is designed to provide lubrication to the site of the damaged tendons to promote tendon gliding and to provide an environment to support tendon repair. ORTHOVISC-T is the latest addition to Anika’s product portfolio, which includes, among other products, HYALOFAST®, a biodegradable, hyaluronic acid-based scaffold for hyaline-like cartilage regeneration to treat cartilage injuries and defects. Both HYALOFAST and ORTHOVISC-T are CE Marked and pending regulatory submission in the United States.

“We’re excited to announce the timely European approval of ORTHOVISC-T for the treatment of pain associated with one of the most common overuse injuries to connective tissues, the condition commonly described as tennis elbow,” said Charles H. Sherwood, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer. “The availability of ORTHOVISC-T not only promises to help millions of people in Europe find relief from this painful condition, it also expands our global foothold in orthopedic medicine and provides real-world clinical experience to inform our path towards regulatory submission in the U.S.”

ORTHOVISC-T is administered via injection into the site of injury to relieve pain and restore function of tendons damaged by chronic injury and overuse, as often seen in tennis elbow. ORTHOVISC-T consists of a biocompatible, non-animal-derived and non-inflammatory formulation of hyaluronic acid similar to those found in the company’s best-selling viscosupplements, ORTHOVISC and MONOVISC®.

“Degenerative overuse injuries to tendons are a leading cause of pain and restricted activity, and, until now, treatments were limited to oral medications, physical and/or occupational therapy, and corticosteroid injections,” said Peter M. Prokopis, M.D., Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist at Sports Medicine North, a Massachusetts-based sports medicine clinic. “ORTHOVISC-T is a natural and effective solution that not only relieves pain, but also addresses the source of pain and discomfort and promotes natural resolution of the symptoms and ultimate recovery.”

About Anika Therapeutics, Inc.

Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK) is a global, integrated orthopedic medicines company based in Bedford, Massachusetts. Anika is committed to improving the lives of patients with degenerative orthopedic diseases and traumatic conditions with clinically meaningful therapies along the continuum of care, from palliative pain management to regenerative cartilage repair. The Company has over two decades of global expertise developing, manufacturing, and commercializing more than 20 products based on its proprietary hyaluronic acid (HA) technology. Anika’s orthopedic medicine portfolio includes ORTHOVISC®, MONOVISC®, and CINGAL®, which alleviate pain and restore joint function by replenishing depleted HA, and HYALOFAST®, a solid HA-based scaffold to aid cartilage repair and regeneration. For more information about Anika, please visit

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