Friedman Kaplan Client PAVmed and Case Western Reserve University Finalize Licensing Agreement for EsoCheck Technology
Friedman Kaplan client PAVmed Inc., a multi-product medical device company, announced it has finalized a definitive licensing agreement with Case Western Reserve University to develop and commercialize its EsoCheck technology.
EsoCheck is a rapid office-based alternative to diagnostic endoscopy that combines a non-invasive cell sampling device with a DNA biomarker test. Together, these have been shown to be highly accurate in detecting Barrett’s Esophagus, the primary precursor to the most common and lethal form of esophageal cancer caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), commonly known as heart burn or acid reflux.
Pursuant to the licensing agreement, newly-formed PAVmed subsidiary Lucid Diagnostics Inc. now owns the exclusive worldwide right to develop and commercialize both the EsoCheck cell sampling device and the DNA biomarker test, as well as additional related intellectual property.
“EsoCheck is a revolutionary technology that we believe will save many lives through the early detection of pre-cancerous conditions of the esophagus including Barrett’s Esophagus,” said PAVmed Chairman and CEO Lishan Aklog, M.D. “We are proud to have been selected to be the exclusive commercial partner of Case Western Reserve University in this important endeavor. Based on the dramatic results of the recently published multicenter clinical study, we believe widespread EsoCheck screening has the potential to have as great an impact on esophageal cancer as widespread Pap screening has had in preventing cervical cancer, targeting an estimated immediately addressable domestic market of several billion dollars.”
Friedman Kaplan partner Michael Gordon and associate Elliot Choi assisted PAVmed in finalizing the agreement.