CytoSorb®, DrugSorb®-ATR, and ECOS-300CY® now cleared for manufacturing from this site
PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO), a leader in the treatment of life-threatening conditions in the intensive care unit and cardiac surgery using blood purification via its proprietary polymer adsorption technology, announced today that it has received ISO 13485 Certification of its new manufacturing facility in Princeton, New Jersey from its European Union (E.U.) notified body, clearing the way for full manufacturing of CytoSorb®, DrugSorb®-ATR, and ECOS-300CY® from this site, with capacity to add additional product lines as they are developed.
Mr. Vincent Capponi, President and Chief Operating Officer of CytoSorbents stated, “We are very excited to receive this certification, which represents another key milestone in our company development and commercialization story. Our manufacturing, engineering, quality, and regulatory teams deserve the credit for this significant accomplishment. This state-of-the-art facility expands our manufacturing capacity to support up to $350-400 million in sales of our commercialized products, and will be a key component in the regulatory application and expected commercial launch of DrugSorb-ATR in the United States.”
CytoSorb is an advanced blood purification cartridge approved in the E.U. and distributed in 75 countries worldwide to remove cytokines (inflammation), bilirubin (liver failure), and myoglobin (trauma), from blood. CytoSorb is also E.U. approved to remove the antithrombotic “blood thinning” drugs, Brilinta® (ticagrelor, Astra Zeneca) and Xarelto® (rivaroxaban, Janssen, Bayer) during cardiothoracic surgery to reduce the risk of perioperative bleeding.
DrugSorb-ATR is an investigational blood purification cartridge that uses an equivalent polymer technology to CytoSorb, and is in two pivotal U.S. randomized, controlled clinical trials under dual FDA Breakthrough Device Designations, to remove Brilinta® (STAR-T; Safe and Timely Antithrombotic Removal – Ticagrelor) and the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), Eliquis® (apixaban, Pfizer, BMS) and Xarelto® (STAR-D, – DOAC), intraoperatively during cardiothoracic surgery to reduce the risk of perioperative bleeding with the goal of achieving FDA marketing approval. The STAR-T trial is enrolling well and is expected to reach the first milestone with 40 patients enrolled within the next couple of months that will trigger the first Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) meeting.
ECOS-300CY® is approved in the E.U. as a cytokine adsorber for ex vivo organ perfusion machines used in solid organ transplant to reduce circulating cytokines and other inflammatory mediators. The goal of the therapy is to improve the functioning of substandard organs, potentially increasing the pool of donated organs and reduce the waiting list for transplant.
ISO 13485 was written to support medical device manufacturers in designing a quality management system (QMS) that establishes and maintains the effectiveness of their processes. It ensures the consistent design, development, production, installation, and delivery through to disposal of medical devices that are safe for their intended purpose.
About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is a leader in the treatment of life-threatening conditions in the intensive care unit and in cardiac surgery through blood purification. Its lead product, CytoSorb®, is approved in the European Union and distributed in more than 70 countries worldwide. It is an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber that reduces “cytokine storm” or “cytokine release syndrome” in common critical illnesses that can lead to massive inflammation, organ failure and patient death. In these diseases, the risk of death can be extremely high, and there are few, if any, effective treatments. CytoSorb is also used during and after cardiothoracic surgery to remove inflammatory mediators that can lead to postoperative complications, including multiple organ failure. As of June 30, 2022, more than 179,000 CytoSorb devices have been used cumulatively. CytoSorb was originally launched in the European Union under CE mark as the first cytokine adsorber. Additional CE mark extensions were granted for bilirubin and myoglobin removal in clinical conditions such as liver disease and trauma, respectively, and for ticagrelor and rivaroxaban removal in cardiothoracic surgery procedures. CytoSorb has also received FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the United States for use in adult critically ill COVID-19 patients with impending or confirmed respiratory failure. The DrugSorb™-ATR antithrombotic removal system, based on the same polymer technology as CytoSorb, also received two FDA Breakthrough Device Designations, one for the removal of ticagrelor and another for the removal of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) apixaban and rivaroxaban in a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit during urgent cardiothoracic procedures. The company has initiated two FDA-approved pivotal studies to support FDA marketing approval of DrugSorb-ATR in the United States. The first is the randomized, controlled STAR-T (Safe and Timely Antithrombotic Removal-Ticagrelor) study of 120 patients at 30 centers to evaluate whether intraoperative use of DrugSorb-ATR can reduce the perioperative risk of bleeding in patients receiving ticagrelor and undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. The second study is the STAR‑D (Safe and Timely Antithrombotic Removal-Direct Oral Anticoagulants) randomized, controlled trial of 120 patients at 30 centers evaluating the intraoperative use of DrugSorb-ATR to reduce perioperative bleeding risk in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery and taking direct oral anticoagulants, including apixaban and rivaroxaban.
CytoSorbents’ purification technologies are based on biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that can actively remove toxic substances from blood and other body fluids through pore entrapment and surface adsorption. The company’s technologies have received more than $41.5 million in non-dilutive grants, contracts and other non-dilutive funding from DARPA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Air Force Material Command (USAF/AFMC) and others. The company has numerous marketed and in-development products based on this unique blood purification technology protected by numerous issued U.S. and international patents and registered trademarks, as well as several pending patent applications, including ECOS-300CY®, CytoSorb-XL™, HemoDefend-RBC™, HemoDefend-BGA™, VetResQ®, K+ontrol™, DrugSorb™, DrugSorb™-ATR, ContrastSorb 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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