BrainsWay Receives Expanded FDA Labeling to Treat Late Life Depression

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Deep TMS™ Becomes the First and Only TMS Device Indicated for Depression Treatment in Patients Between the Ages of 68 and 86

BURLINGTON, Mass. and JERUSALEM, June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BrainsWay Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE: BWAY) (“BrainsWay” or the “Company”), a global leader in advanced noninvasive neurostimulation treatments for mental health disorders, today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an expanded indication for the Company’s Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system (Deep TMS™) allowing for the treatment of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) ages 22 to 86, changing the previous upper age limit of 68.

This represents the Company’s 10th FDA clearance and makes BrainsWay Deep TMS the first and only form of TMS indicated for the treatment of patients over the age of 68 suffering from MDD, including those with comorbid anxiety symptoms.

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“Depression does not disappear at age 68, but as we get older, brain atrophy increases the distance from the scalp to the brain which can make it more challenging to reach and treat specific brain targets associated with depression,” stated Colleen A. Hanlon, Ph.D., BrainsWay’s Vice President Medical Affairs. “We believe that the deeper and broader stimulation of Deep TMS plays a meaningful role in overcoming these age-related, anatomical changes, and were able to present compelling clinical data to the FDA demonstrating the efficacy of Deep TMS on these older patients,” concluded Dr. Hanlon.

BrainsWay’s application to the FDA included study data showing, for example, that MDD patients over 68 years of age who were treated with the Company’s H1 Coil demonstrated 69% and 62% response and remission rates, respectively, using the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale-21 (HDRS-21), and 65% and 35% response and remission rates, respectively, using the self-administered Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9).

“This significant development presents an exciting business opportunity for BrainsWay,” said Hadar Levy, Chief Executive Officer of BrainsWay. “As life expectancies continue to rise, we believe there is strong, untapped interest on the part of caregivers, assisted living facilities, and families of those suffering from depression to find new, effective therapeutic solutions that can alleviate the debilitating burden imposed by this condition on our growing elderly population,” concluded Mr. Levy.

About Major Depressive Disorder
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common and debilitating form of depression characterized by physiological, emotional, and cognitive symptoms. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects approximately 264 million people worldwide, and the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 21 million adults in the United States suffer from an MDD episode within a given year. Common symptoms of MDD include loss of interest, depressed mood, reduced energy, disturbed sleep, and changes in appetite. 60-90% of depression patients also exhibit comorbid moderate to severe anxiety, a condition commonly referred to as anxious depression. These anxiety symptoms include nervousness, feelings of panic, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, insomnia, trembling, and difficulty focusing or thinking clearly. The economic burden in the United States for major depressive disorder totaled $326 billion prior to the recent COVID pandemic.

About BrainsWay
BrainsWay is a global leader in advanced noninvasive neurostimulation treatments for mental health disorders. The Company is boldly advancing neuroscience with its proprietary Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS™) platform technology to improve health and transform lives. BrainsWay is the first and only TMS company to obtain three FDA-cleared indications backed by pivotal clinical studies demonstrating clinically proven efficacy. Current indications include major depressive disorder (including reduction of anxiety symptoms, commonly referred to as anxious depression), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and smoking addiction. The Company is dedicated to leading through superior science and building on its unparalleled body of clinical evidence. Additional clinical trials of Deep TMS in various psychiatric, neurological, and addiction disorders are underway. Founded in 2003, with offices in Burlington, MA and Jerusalem, Israel, BrainsWay is committed to increasing global awareness of and broad access to Deep TMS. For the latest news and information about BrainsWay, please visit www.brainsway.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
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Contacts:
BrainsWay: 
Ido Marom 
Chief Financial Officer 
[email protected] 

Investors: 
Brian Ritchie
LifeSci Advisors
[email protected]

Media Contact:
Ross Mitchell
Vice President of Global Marketing
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