GAITHERSBURG, MD--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2012) - Cytomedix, Inc. (OTCQX: CMXI) (the "Company"), a leading developer of biologically active regenerative therapies, announced today that the FDA has cleared the use of its Angel® Concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma (cPRP) System for processing a small sample of blood or a mixture of blood and bone marrow aspirate. PRP produced from either blood or a mixture of bone marrow aspirate may be combined with bone graft material and used in appropriate orthopedic procedures as deemed necessary by a clinician, such as spinal fusion, healing of non-union bone fractures and other bone grafting applications.
"We are pleased to reach this important regulatory milestone that will broaden utilization of the Angel cPRP System in a range of orthopedic procedures," said Martin Rosendale, Chief Executive Officer of Cytomedix. "This is a significant market opportunity for Cytomedix as Angel cPRP will be positioned as a 'best in class' device that offers important competitive advantages including high platelet concentration capacity, efficient reduction of inflammatory cells, and an automated, closed system for all surgical settings."
The Angel cPRP System is intended to be used in the clinic or intraoperatively at the point-of care for the safe and rapid preparation of platelet rich plasma (PRP) from a small sample of whole blood or a small mixture of blood and bone marrow. The system is designed to produce consistently high platelet yields using a fully automated process and represents a significant engineering advance in autologous whole blood and bone marrow separation. Angel's advantages compared with other commercially available systems include: 1) high platelet yields, 2) significant reduction in pro-inflammatory cells, 3) rapid processing time, 4) adjustable hematocrit from 0%-25%, and 5) flexible final cPRP volumes. Proprietary software automatically adjusts the separation parameters to deliver a consistent, high-quality product.
Expanded Market Opportunity
Expanded use of the Angel cPRP System for the production of PRP from blood and bone marrow increases Cytomedix's ability to support and advance markets within personalized regenerative medicine. Samples of bone marrow aspirate are routinely collected using a needle to obtain a small amount of the soft sponge like fluid found inside of bones. Aspirated bone marrow is frequently used with bone grafting procedures and bone grafts are widely used to treat problems associated with bone loss and delayed union and nonunion fractures. In the U.S., approximately 400,000 spinal fusion procedures are performed each year and the application of bone marrow or bone marrow concentrates has been the historical gold standard. Concentrated PRP produced from blood and bone marrow may be used in up to 90% of spinal fusion procedures. The biologics market associated with spinal fusion procedures is approximately $700 million annually.
About Cytomedix, Inc.
Cytomedix, Inc. is a fully integrated regenerative medicine company commercializing and developing innovative platelet and adult stem cell separation products that enhance the body's natural healing processes. The Company's advanced autologous technologies offer clinicians a new treatment paradigm for wound and tissue repair. The Company's patient-derived PRP systems are marketed by Cytomedix in the U.S. and distributed internationally. Our commercial products include the AutoloGel System, cleared by the FDA for wound care and the Angel® Concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma System. The Company is developing novel regenerative therapies using our proprietary ALDH Bright Cell ("ALDHbr") technology to isolate a unique, biologically active population of a patient's own stem cells. A Phase 2 trial evaluating the use of ALDHbr for the treatment of ischemic stroke is underway. For additional information please visit www.cytomedix.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements contained in this press release not relating to historical facts are forward-looking statements that are intended to fall within the safe harbor rule for such statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The information contained in the forward-looking statements is inherently uncertain, and Cytomedix' actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, many of which are beyond Cytomedix' ability to predict or control, including among many others, risks and uncertainties related to the Company's ability to successfully integrate the Aldagen acquisition, to successfully manage contemplated clinical trials, to manage and address the capital needs, human resource, management, compliance and other challenges of a larger, more complex and integrated business enterprise, viability and effectiveness of the Company's sales approach and overall marketing strategies, commercial success or acceptance by the medical community, competitive responses, the Company's ability to raise additional capital and to continue as a going concern, and Cytomedix's ability to execute on its strategy to market the AutoloGel™ System as contemplated. To the extent that any statements made here are not historical, these statements are essentially forward-looking. The Company uses words and phrases such as "believes," "forecasted," "projects," "is expected," "remain confident," "will" and/or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements in this press release. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ from the forward-looking statements. More information about some of these risks and uncertainties may be found in the reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Cytomedix, Inc. Cytomedix operates in a highly competitive and rapidly changing business and regulatory environment, thus new or unforeseen risks may arise. Accordingly, investors should not place any reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Except as is expressly required by the federal securities laws, Cytomedix undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, changed circumstances or future events or for any other reason. Additional risks that could affect our future operating results are more fully described in our U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other subsequent filings. These filings are available at www.sec.gov.