Spray-applied cell therapy with human allogeneic fibroblasts and keratinocytes for the treatment of chronic venous leg ulcers: a phase 2, multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial

Lancet. 2012 Sep 15;380(9846):977-85. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60644-8. Epub 2012 Aug 3.


Background: Many patients with venous leg ulcers do not heal with standard care. HP802-247 is a novel spray-applied cell therapy containing growth-arrested allogeneic neonatal keratinocytes and fibroblasts. We compared different cell concentrations and dosing frequencies of HP802-247 for benefit and harm when applied to chronic venous leg ulcers.

Methods: We enrolled adult outpatients from 28 centres in the USA and Canada with up to three ulcers, venous reflux confirmed by doppler ultrasonography, and adequate arterial flow in this phase 2, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial if at least one ulcer measured 2-12 cm(2) in area and had persisted for 6-104 weeks. Patients were randomly assigned by computer-generated block randomisation in a 1:1:1:1:1 ratio to 5·0×10(6) cells per mL every 7 days or every 14 days, or 0·5×10(6) cells per mL every 7 days or every 14 days, or to vehicle alone every 7 days. All five groups received four-layer compression bandages. The trial sponsor, trial monitors, statisticians, investigators, centre personnel, and patients were masked to treatment allocation. The primary endpoint was mean percentage change in wound area at the end of 12 weeks. Analyses were by intention to treat, excluding one patient who died of unrelated causes before first treatment. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00852995.

Findings: 45 patients were assigned to 5·0×10(6) cells per mL every 7 days, 44 to 5·0×10(6) cells per mL every 14 days, 43 to 0·5 ×10(6) cells per mL every 7 days, 46 to 0·5 ×10(6) cells per mL every 14 days, and 50 to vehicle alone. All required visits were completed by 205 patients. The primary outcome analysis showed significantly greater mean reduction in wound area associated with active treatment compared with vehicle (p=0·0446), with the dose of 0·5 ×10(6) cells/mL every 14 days showing the largest improvement compared with vehicle (15·98%, 95% CI 5·56-26·41, p=0·0028). Adverse events were much the same across all groups, with only new skin ulcers and cellulitis occurring in more than 5% of patients.

Interpretation: Venous leg ulcers can be healed with a spray formulation of allogeneic neonatal keratinocytes and fibroblasts without the need for tissue engineering, at an optimum dose of 0·5×10(6) cells per mL every 14 days.

Funding: Healthpoint Biotherapeutics.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Fibroblasts / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Keratinocytes / transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Varicose Ulcer / pathology
  • Varicose Ulcer / physiopathology
  • Varicose Ulcer / therapy*
  • Wound Healing

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT00852995