GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cytomedix, Inc. (OTCBB:CMXI) (the "Company" or "Cytomedix"), a leading developer of biologically active regenerative therapies for wound care and tissue repair, today announced that it has received the Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its patent application for the newly-designed AutoloGel™ Separation System. The original provisional patent application was filed as a result of a product development collaboration between Cytomedix and biomechanical engineers in Israel intended to fundamentally redesign the AutoloGel System. The redesign includes proprietary elements that enable a safer and significantly more rapid point-of-care procedure for the physical separation of platelets and plasma from whole blood.
"The Notice of Allowance for the patent covering our new separation device is an important step in the development of our proposed new AutoloGel System, as the proprietary new system provides competitive advantages that will now have intellectual property protection. The new separation device provides the added convenience and effectiveness that treating clinicians are looking for at the point of care. Importantly, the new device will allow the whole blood collection and the separation of the platelet rich plasma to be accomplished with a single specially-designed syringe system which maintains a closed environment, thus improving the safety and the ease of use," commented Martin P. Rosendale, Cytomedix's Chief Executive Officer.
"We remain on track for the filing of a 510(k) application with the U.S. FDA within the next few months. Today, we are completing the process and sterility validation studies, as well as the final biocompatibility studies necessary to complete the 510(k) application. We look forward to bringing this significant advancement to our customers later this year with an expectation that the newly-designed system can meaningfully impact increased interest and adoption of AutoloGel," continued Mr. Rosendale.
About Cytomedix, Inc.
Cytomedix develops, sells and licenses regenerative biological therapies primarily for wound care, inflammation and angiogenesis. The Company markets the AutoloGel™ System, a device for the production of platelet rich plasma (PRP) gel derived from the patient's own blood for use on a variety of exuding wounds; the Angel® Whole Blood Separation System, a blood processing device and disposable products used for the separation of whole blood into red cells, platelet poor plasma (PPP) and PRP in surgical settings; and the activAT® Autologous Thrombin Processing Kit, which produces autologous thrombin serum from PPP. The activAT® kit is sold exclusively in Europe and Canada, where it provides a completely autologous, safe alternative to bovine-derived products. The Company is pursuing a multi-faceted strategy to penetrate the chronic wound market with its products, as well as opportunities for the application of AutoloGel™ and PRP technology into other markets such as hair transplantation and orthopedics while actively seeking complementary products for the wound care market. Cytomedix also seeks to monetize other product candidates in its pipeline through strategic partnerships, out-licensing or sale. Most notably is its anti-inflammatory peptide (designated CT-112) that has shown promise in preclinical testing. Additional information regarding Cytomedix is available at .
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