The U.S. Department of Defense Awards $1.1 Million to CytoSorbents to Optimize Development of HemoDefend-BGA™ for Life-saving Universal Plasma
MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO), a critical care immunotherapy leader specializing in blood purification, announced today that the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA), has awarded the Company a two-year SBIR Sequential Phase II contract valued at $1,098,588 to optimize development of the HemoDefend-BGA™ adsorber. The HemoDefend-BGA adsorber can rapidly remove >99% of anti-A and anti-B antibodies from plasma to create a "universal plasma" that could be administered to anyone, irrespective of blood type, while maintaining critical coagulation activity. Plasma is the liquid portion of blood, used to resuscitate critically-ill patients such as those with massive blood loss from trauma, and contains important proteins and other substances responsible for vital functions such as blood clotting, protecting the body against infections, and communicating biochemical messages throughout the body.
Dr. Maryann Gruda, PhD, Principal Investigator and Director of Biology for CytoSorbents stated, "We are grateful for the U.S. Army's ongoing support and funding of our blood group antibody (BGA) adsorber technology. Widespread availability of universal plasma is expected to help save lives through faster emergency treatment that does not require blood typing, while providing substantial cost savings with simpler storage and distribution logistics. This award is focused on optimizing materials and manufacturing methods to rapidly achieve a commercially desirable product."
Dr. Phillip Chan, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of CytoSorbents stated, "We thank the U.S. Army and Department of Defense for their continued support of our HemoDefend-BGA program. These funds are expected to help us accelerate development of this product to make universal plasma a reality."
The HemoDefend-BGA Adsorber is not yet approved in the U.S. or elsewhere. This award is in support of the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC)/Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)/Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP/JPC-6) under Contract No. W81XWH20C0087. This follows the successful completion of Phase I and II STTR contracts of approximately $1.15 million with researchers at Penn State University, previously funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC). This award is in addition to two recently awarded contracts to develop HemoDefend-BGA for universal plasma and whole blood transfusions announced earlier this year, including a $4.4 million contract from U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), and a $2.9 million contract from the Defense Health Agency STTR Program/U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) and CDMRP.
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About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is a leader in critical care immunotherapy, specializing in blood purification. Its flagship product, CytoSorb® is approved in the European Union with distribution in 65 countries around the world, as an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber designed to reduce the "cytokine storm" or "cytokine release syndrome" that could otherwise cause massive inflammation, organ failure and death in common critical illnesses. These are conditions where the risk of death is extremely high, yet no effective treatments exist. CytoSorb® has been used in more than 100,000 human treatments to date. CytoSorb has received CE-Mark label expansions for the removal of bilirubin (liver disease), myoglobin (trauma) and both ticagrelor and rivaroxaban during cardiothoracic surgery. CytoSorb has also received FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the United States for use in critically-ill COVID-19 patients with imminent or confirmed respiratory failure, in defined circumstances. CytoSorb has also been granted U.S. FDA Breakthrough Designation for the removal of ticagrelor in a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit during emergent and urgent cardiothoracic surgery.
CytoSorbents' purification technologies are based on biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that can actively remove toxic substances from blood and other bodily fluids by pore capture and surface adsorption. Its technologies have received non-dilutive grant, contract, and other funding of more than $38 million from DARPA, the Defense Health Agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Material Command (USAF/AFMC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and others. The Company has numerous products under development based upon this unique blood purification technology protected by many issued U.S. and international patents and multiple applications pending, including CytoSorb-XL™, HemoDefend™, VetResQ™, K+ontrol™, ContrastSorb, DrugSorb, and others. For more information, please visit the Company's websites at www.cytosorbents.com and www.cytosorb.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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