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Femasys’ FemaSeed FDA Clearance Brings Timely Access to a First-Line Infertility Treatment Option as an Alternative to IVF

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Femasys prepares to launch FemaSeed® in the U.S. amidst legal uncertainty after Alabama Supreme Court ruling. The company plans to release top-line data from a pivotal clinical trial in Q1 2024. FemaSeed offers a cost-effective and safe alternative to traditional assisted reproductive methods, aiming to revolutionize fertilization.
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  • Femasys secured substantial funding in Q4 2023, ensuring financial stability until H2 2025.
  • FemaSeed's intratubal insemination method provides a safer and more affordable option compared to IVF or ICSI.
  • The product aims to deliver sperm directly into the fallopian tube, enhancing the chances of conception.
  • CEO Kathy Lee-Sepsick emphasizes the company's commitment to offering accessible and affordable solutions for women's reproductive health.
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The announcement by Femasys Inc. regarding the commercial launch of FemaSeed represents a significant milestone for the company, potentially altering its financial trajectory. The provision of a cost-effective alternative to IVF and ICSI could lead to a substantial market share gain in the fertility industry, given the high costs and complexity associated with traditional fertility treatments. The company's funding into the second half of 2025 suggests a stable financial runway, minimizing the need for immediate additional capital and providing investors with a degree of confidence in the company's near-term operations.

However, the market's response to this news will likely hinge on the top-line data from the pivotal clinical trial expected in the first quarter of 2024. Positive results could serve as a catalyst for the stock, whereas any negative outcomes may have an adverse effect. Investors should monitor the company's burn rate and the clinical trial results closely, as these will be critical in determining Femasys' future financial health and stock performance.

FemaSeed's innovative approach to fertility treatment could disrupt the current fertility market by offering a less invasive and more affordable option. The technology's ability to deliver sperm directly into the fallopian tube, where natural conception occurs, may appeal to patients seeking a more physiological method compared to conventional IVF or ICSI. This could lead to increased adoption rates, particularly among those deterred by the high costs and physical burden of existing treatments.

From a research perspective, the clinical trial data due in the first quarter of 2024 will be pivotal in validating the safety and efficacy of FemaSeed. The medical community will be looking for evidence that supports the company's claims, particularly regarding the product's risk profile compared to existing treatments. Should the data be favorable, Femasys could secure a competitive edge in the fertility treatment space.

The mention of the Alabama Supreme Court ruling introduces a legal dimension to the commercialization of FemaSeed. The ruling's implications on the handling of embryos could influence patient and provider preferences for fertility treatments that avoid ethical and legal complexities. FemaSeed's mechanism, which does not involve handling embryos, may become more attractive in jurisdictions with restrictive embryo-related legislation. It is important for stakeholders to understand the evolving legal landscape as it could have a direct impact on the adoption rates of new fertility technologies like FemaSeed.

Furthermore, the legal environment surrounding fertility treatments is subject to change and companies operating in this space must remain agile and compliant with regulatory shifts. This adaptability can be a competitive advantage or a risk factor, depending on how well Femasys navigates the legal intricacies associated with its product offerings.

-- Femasys readies for the commercial launch of FemaSeed® in the U.S. amidst the uncertainty following the Alabama Supreme Court Ruling on how to handle embryos used for in vitro fertilization (IVF) --

-- Femasys to announce top-line data from recently completed pivotal clinical trial for FemaSeed in first quarter 2024 --

ATLANTA, Feb. 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Femasys Inc. (NASDAQ: FEMY), a biomedical company focused on meeting the significant unmet needs for women worldwide with a broad portfolio of in-office, accessible solutions, including a lead, late-clinical stage product candidate and innovative therapeutic and diagnostic products, today highlighted that its FemaSeed intratubal insemination product, a revolutionary approach to enhancing fertilization, is expected to serve as a first-line therapeutic option that is substantially lower cost with significantly less risk than assisted reproductive methods, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). FemaSeed has been designed to deliver sperm reliably and safely, directly into the fallopian tube where conception occurs.

“Femasys remains committed to providing accessible and affordable options and the timing of FemaSeed’s launch is particularly relevant given the uncertainty following the Alabama Supreme Court ruling on February 16th. Following our substantial cash infusion in the fourth quarter 2023, we are now funded into the second half of 2025 and on track to make FemaSeed, available later this year to women and their doctors, as a first-line treatment option that does not involve handling of embryos,” said Femasys’ CEO Kathy Lee-Sepsick.

About FemaSeed

FemaSeed® is an innovative infertility treatment designed to deliver sperm to the fallopian tube where conception occurs. It is intended to enhance natural fertilization and provide a first-line treatment option for those seeking pregnancy. FemaSeed is less invasive and more affordable than assisted reproduction procedures, such as IVF or ICSI. In 2023, FemaSeed achieved U.S. FDA clearance (September) and regulatory approval in Canada (April) for patients seeking insemination. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2023, Femasys completed a pivotal clinical trial (“LOCAL” trial) for those seeking intratubal insemination with a specific focus on male factor infertility, a contributing factor in approximately 40-50% of infertility cases. Top line data from this study is planned for release first quarter 2024 and will support the commercial launch targeted for the first half of 2024.

About Femasys

Femasys is a biomedical company focused on meeting significant unmet needs for women worldwide with a broad portfolio of in-office, accessible solutions, including a lead revolutionary product candidate and FDA-cleared, innovative therapeutic and diagnostic products. Femasys’ FemBloc® permanent birth control in late-stage clinical development is the first and only non-surgical, in-office, permanent birth control method intended to be a safer option for women at substantially less cost than the long-standing surgical alternative. Femasys’ FemaSeed® Intratubal Insemination, an innovative infertility treatment designed to deliver sperm directly where conception occurs, is FDA-cleared and has received regulatory approval in Canada. The Company has developed diagnostic products that are complementary for which it has achieved regulatory approvals to market in the U.S., Canada, and other ex-U.S. territories, and which are commercial-ready due to its in-house manufacturing capabilities. The Company’s diagnostic products include FemVue® for fallopian tube assessment by ultrasound, which can be used in conjunction with FemCath®, an intrauterine catheter for selective fallopian tube evaluation, and FemCerv®, an endocervical tissue sampler for cervical cancer diagnosis. Learn more at www.femasys.com, or follow us on X, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Contacts: 

Investors 
Chuck Padala 
LifeSci Advisors, LLC 
917-741-7792 
chuck@lifesciadvisors.com

Femasys Inc. 
Investor Contact: 
IR@femasys.com

Media Contact: 
Media@femasys.com


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