DEVICE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE POINT-OF-CARE BONE MARROW PROCESSING
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ThermoGenesis Corp. (Nasdaq: KOOL), a leading supplier of innovative products and services that process and store adult stem cells, today announced that it has submitted a 510(k) pre-market notification application to the FDA requesting regulatory clearance for its MarrowXpress(TM) (MXP(TM)), a device designed for the processing of bone marrow in a laboratory setting.
The device is a derivative of the Company's approved AutoXpress(TM) (AXP(TM)) Platform that is used to volume reduce and collect stem cells from umbilical cord blood.
"This is an important milestone in the Company's product diversification and growth strategy. We are hopeful that the regulatory process will be facilitated because the MXP is based on a currently approved device," said Dr. William Osgood, Chief Executive Officer.
Osgood said the Company expects to receive a CE Mark for the MXP this month, which would enable the Company to begin commercial marketing of the device in Europe.
"The use of adult stem cells to treat a variety of diseases and injuries is very promising. There are a number of clinical trials already underway, and in several countries it is a practice of medicine for indications such as critical limb ischemia, coronary artery disease and orthopedic conditions. We have had very encouraging discussions with leading research centers in both the U.S. and Europe regarding the potential use of the MXP in ongoing clinical trials and look forward to getting this device into the clinical setting. We believe this could ultimately represent a multi-billion dollar market opportunity for the Company," he added.
About ThermoGenesis Corp.
ThermoGenesis Corp. (http://www.thermogenesis.com) is a leader in
developing and manufacturing automated blood processing systems and
disposable products that enable the manufacture, preservation and delivery
of cell and tissue therapy products. These products include:
-- The BioArchive(R) System, an automated cryogenic device, is used by
cord blood stem cell banks in more than 25 countries for
cryopreserving and archiving cord blood stem cell units for
transplant. GE Healthcare is the non-exclusive global distribution
partner for the BioArchive System.
-- AXP(TM) AutoXpress Platform (AXP(TM)) is a proprietary family of
automated devices that includes the AXP and the MarrowXpress(TM) and
companion sterile blood processing disposable for harvesting stem
cells in a closed system. The AXP device is used for the processing of
cord blood. GE Healthcare is the exclusive global distribution
partner for the AXP cord blood product. The MarrowXpress is used for
isolating stem cells from bone marrow. ThermoGenesis sells the
MarrowXpress directly to global customers.
-- The CryoSeal(R) FS System, an automated device and companion sterile
blood processing disposable, is used to prepare fibrin sealants from
plasma in about an hour. We received FDA approval to market the
CryoSeal FS System in liver resection surgeries in July 2007. The
CryoSeal FS System has received the CE-Mark. From a marketing
perspective, the CE Mark is the European equivalent to an FDA
approval, in that it allows sales of the product throughout the
European community. Asahi Medical is the exclusive distributor for the
CryoSeal System in Japan and the Company markets through independent
distributors in Europe and South America.
-- The Thrombin Processing Device(TM) (TPD(TM)) is a sterile blood
processing disposable that prepares activated thrombin from a small
aliquot of plasma in less than 30 minutes. The CE-Marked TPD is
currently being marketed in Europe by Biomet, Inc., subsidiary Biomet
Biologics, Medtronic, Inc. and independent distributors.
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Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially
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shortages, production delays, changes in the markets for customers'
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