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Cerus Corporation (CERS), the University Hospitals of Geneva, and the Transfusion Service of the Swiss Red Cross Intend to Collaborate on Whole Blood Pathogen Inactivation for Africa


4/30/2012 10:28:49 AM

CONCORD, Calif. & BERN, Switzerland & GENEVA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ:CERS), the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and their Blood Transfusion Center (CTS), and the Transfusion Service of the Swiss Red Cross (Transfusion CRS Suisse or Blutspende SRK Schwietz) announced today their intent to collaborate on adapting the Cerus INTERCEPT Blood System for red cells to enable inactivation of pathogens in whole blood, specifically for the African region. While patients in developed countries receive platelet, plasma or red cell transfusions, in many African countries whole blood transfusions remain common, and require development of pathogen inactivation methods optimized for use in local blood bank facilities.

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