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MIMEDX Announces Commercial Launch of EPIFIX® in Japan with Exclusive Distribution Agreement with GUNZE MEDICAL LIMITED

Thursday, January 05, 2023

MiMedx Group, Inc., a pioneer and leader in placental biologics, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with GUNZE MEDICAL LIMITED, a subsidiary of Gunze Limited, for sales of EPIFIX in Japan. Gunze Medical is a leading distributor of products used in a wide range of wound and surgical settings, including bioabsorbable devices and materials, such as sutures and sheet products. The company has a team of over 90 sales representatives and clinical support staff nationwide, as well as strong existing clinician relationships. MIMEDX and the Gunze Medical team will collaborate to continue physician education activities and drive further key opinion leader (“KOL”) engagement in the country.

“We are delighted to join forces with the Gunze Medical team to bring EPIFIX to Japan,” stated Todd Newton, MIMEDX interim Chief Executive Officer. “Following the receipt of regulatory approval in 2021 and a favorable reimbursement rate decision just back in September 2022, we believe this partnership with Gunze will position EPIFIX for long-term success in this important market.”

Since receiving regulatory approval, the Company has collaborated with local physician societies, including the Japanese Society for Foot Care and Podiatric Medicine, and approximately 20 national KOLs to drive initial awareness of EPIFIX in the market. In that time, over 250 physicians have been trained, several of whom have also treated their first patients with EPIFIX.

“We have been working to create commercial momentum in Japan for over a year, and Gunze Medical provides us with a strong, local commercial presence that shares our market vision and patient commitment,” continued Mr. Newton. “We are mutually committed to delivering the sales and clinical support necessary to demonstrate the value of EPIFIX for patients in Japan suffering from hard-to-heal wounds each year.”

“EPIFIX offers a proven treatment option for patients dealing with chronic wounds, and we are proud to partner with MIMEDX to make this product widely available to healthcare professionals in Japan,” stated Shojiro Matsuda, General Manager, Medical Division, Gunze Limited. “With our dedicated commercial team and complementary sales call point for this product, we believe we are well-positioned to capitalize on the first-mover advantage EPIFIX has in Japan as the first and only amniotic tissue product approved for use in the country.”

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