Cerus (CERS) Says Hemolife Now Offering INTERCEPT-Treated pathogen Reduced Platelet Units

October 10, 2016 8:32 AM EDT

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Cerus Corporation (Nasdaq: CERS) announced that Hemolife Fundación Banco Nacional de Sangre (Hemolife) is now offering INTERCEPT-treated pathogen reduced platelet units to its hospitals. Hemolife, the first blood center to enter into routine use with INTERCEPT in Colombia, distributes approximately 12,000 platelet units to hospitals annually.

“Transmission of pathogens via blood transfusion is a significant threat throughout Latin America, with serious outbreaks of viruses such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya becoming more prevalent,” commented William “Obi” Greenman, Cerus’ president and chief executive officer. “Hemolife is an organization at the forefront of transfusion medicine in Colombia. Adding INTERCEPT allows them to offer their hospitals a product that is proactively protected against these types of pathogens that have the potential to harm patients.”

The INTERCEPT Blood System leverages the fact that platelets and plasma do not require functional DNA or RNA, as opposed to pathogens and donor white blood cells. Pathogen reduction via the INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to block the replication process so that harmful viruses, bacteria, and parasites can no longer replicate and cause disease.

“This technology represents a leap forward in safeguarding the blood supply against harmful pathogens, which fits with our mission to take advantage of the latest technological advances in transfusion medicine,” commented Dr. Miguel German Rueda, president of the board of Hemolife foundation. “We are proud to provide INTERCEPT-treated platelets to hospitals in Colombia.”

In November 2015, the INTERCEPT Blood System for platelets and plasma received approval from the Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (INVIMA) for commercial use in Colombia. Cerus is partnered with Laboratories Dai de Colombia S.A. for the sales, deployment, and support of the INTERCEPT Blood System in Colombia.

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