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MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., May 2, 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, announced that the Company has been awarded a new preferred supplier agreement for CytoSorb® with the Asklepios Group (Asklepios), one of the largest private hospital operators in Germany, following the majority acquisition of RHÖN‑KLINIKUM AG in 2020.
CytoSorbents has entered into a 3-year preferred supplier agreement with Asklepios, making CytoSorb available without restrictions to all of the approximate 170 healthcare facilities across 14 states throughout Germany that Asklepios operates. This includes Asklepios Klinik St. Georg in Hamburg, Germany, which pioneered the use of CytoSorb to remove antithrombotic drugs during cardiothoracic surgery, and is well-known for their seminal publication on CytoSorb use for this application during emergency cardiac surgery in patients at high risk of bleeding.
Dr. Christian Steiner, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing of CytoSorbents stated, "We are excited to announce this agreement with Asklepios, as we are now their preferred supplier of hemoadsorption technology. With this new agreement, CytoSorbents now has preferred supplier agreements with the three largest hospital chains in Germany, providing an opportunity to further grow our business. These privately owned hospital chains are always seeking value-added therapies that provide both clinical and economic benefit to ensure the highest quality medical care for their patients while supporting profitable operations. I am convinced CytoSorb is helping these hospital chains achieve both objectives."
About Asklepios Group
Asklepios was established in 1985 and is now a leading private operator of hospitals in Germany. Asklepios' business activities have always been aimed at providing future-oriented medicine for patients based on the highest quality standards. Asklepios aspires to shape the future of medicine. One key to this lies also in digitalization. The Asklepios vision of a completely integrated digital healthcare group is summed up with the term "Digital HealthyNear". The Group currently has around 170 healthcare facilities throughout Germany represented in 14 German federal states functioning as a nationwide network for holistic healthcare provision. These include acute care hospitals of all different care levels, university hospitals, specialist hospitals, prevention and aftercare, rehabilitation clinics and medical centers. In the 2021 financial year over 3.5 million patients were treated at the Asklepios Group's facilities. The company has more than 67,000 employees. For more information consult www.asklepios.com.
About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is a leader in the treatment of life-threatening conditions in intensive care and cardiac surgery using blood purification. Its flagship product, CytoSorb®, is approved in the European Union with distribution in more than 70 countries around the world as an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber designed to reduce the "cytokine storm" or "cytokine release syndrome" seen in common critical illnesses that may result in massive inflammation, organ failure and patient death. These are conditions where the risk of death can be extremely high, yet few to no effective treatments exist. CytoSorb is also being used during and after cardiothoracic surgery to remove inflammatory mediators that can lead to post-operative complications, including multiple organ failure. More than 162,000 cumulative CytoSorb devices have been utilized as of December 31, 2021. CytoSorb was originally introduced into the European Union under CE-Mark as a first-in-kind cytokine adsorber. Additional CE-Mark label expansions were received for the removal of bilirubin and myoglobin in clinical conditions such as liver disease and trauma, respectively, and both ticagrelor and rivaroxaban during cardiothoracic surgery. CytoSorb has also received FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the United States for use in adult critically ill COVID-19 patients with imminent or confirmed respiratory failure. The DrugSorb™-ATR Antithrombotic Removal System, which is based on the same polymer technology as CytoSorb, has also been granted FDA Breakthrough Designation for the removal of ticagrelor, as well as FDA Breakthrough Designation for the removal of the direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) drugs, apixaban and rivaroxaban, in a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit during urgent cardiothoracic surgery. The Company has initiated two FDA approved pivotal trials designed to support U.S. marketing approval of DrugSorb-ATR. The first is the 120-patient, 30 center STAR-T (Safe and Timely Antithrombotic Removal-Ticagrelor) randomized, controlled trial evaluating the ability of intraoperative DrugSorb-ATR use to reduce perioperative bleeding risk in patients on ticagrelor undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. The second is the 120-patient, 30 center STAR‑D (Safe and Timely Antithrombotic Removal-Direct Oral Anticoagulants) randomized, controlled trial, evaluating the intraoperative use of DrugSorb–ATR to reduce perioperative bleeding risk in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery on 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 bodily fluids by pore capture and surface adsorption. Its technologies have received non-dilutive grant, contract, and other funding of more than $39.5 million from DARPA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 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 products and products under development based upon this unique blood purification technology protected by many issued U.S. and international patents and registered trademarks, and multiple patent applications pending, 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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