RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Dec. 7 ThermoGenesis Corp. (Nasdaq: KOOL), a leading supplier of innovative products for processing and storing adult stem cells, said today it has entered into a material transfer agreement with the GID Group which has been working with ThermoGenesis to use ThermoGenesis' MarrowXpress(TM), or MXP(TM), based technology for the processing of adipose, or fatty, tissue - a rich source of adult stem cells.
The GID Group's principals include leading scientists and researchers recognized for their discovery and study of adipose tissue as a rich source of adult mesenchymal stem cells for the regeneration and repairing of body tissues. The GID principals are also among the founders of the International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS). GID has opened its first STEM Center(TM) clinic in Mallorca, Spain where it will be working with ThermoGenesis to adapt the MXP technology for use with adipose.
"We are delighted to be partnering with GID in this effort as we believe the MXP has the ability to process a large volume of adipose tissue. This program is emblematic of our strategy to broaden the presence of our offerings in the practice of regenerative medicine," said J. Melville Engle, Chief Executive Officer of ThermoGenesis Corp.
"The recovery of stem cells from adipose tissue offers an important opportunity for advancing patient care, particularly in the fields of plastic and orthopedic surgery. The scalability of the MXP technology for processing large amounts of adipose tissue provides the flexibility that we are seeking in a fast and easy-to-use procedure. We look forward to applying the technology to advance the practice of regenerative medicine," said William Cimino Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of GID.
ThermoGenesis also said it is continuing its discussions with GE Healthcare regarding an extension of its distribution agreement for the Company's AXP® AutoXpress(TM) (AXP) Platform, which expires at the end of calendar 2010. "While our contractual deadline for determining whether to renew our agreement with GE at January 1, 2011 was due by the end of this month, both we and GE have agreed to extend the decision date 30 days. At the same time, we continue to evaluate other distribution options, including going direct or using another partner. Either way, our strategy is to secure the most profitable distribution alternative," Engle noted.
Engle also said ThermoGenesis continues to realize milestones in its initiative to broaden the regenerative medicine applications of its Res-Q(TM)60 BMC (Res-Q) System, which is currently used for the processing of stem cells from bone marrow for orthopedic procedures. "We are particularly excited about the potential of the Res-Q for the processing of stems cells from platelet rich plasma (PRP) and expect to file a 510(k) for this indication in early 2010," he said.
The Company also announced the completion of its outsourcing of manufacturing of the ThermoLine products to Trivirix, a contract manufacture, located Milaca, MN. "We believe this initiative will streamline our supply chain and lower the cost of production for this non-core product line and allow us to focus on our larger, core product opportunities," noted Matthew Plavan, Chief Operating and Financial Officer.
About ThermoGenesis Corp.
ThermoGenesis Corp. (www.thermogenesis.com) is a leader in developing and manufacturing automated blood processing systems and disposable products that enable the manufacture, preservation and delivery of cell and tissue therapy products. These products include:
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-- The BioArchive® System, an automated cryogenic device, is used by cord blood stem cell banks in more than 25 countries for cryopreserving and archiving cord blood stem cell units for transplant. -- AXP® AutoXpress(TM) Platform (AXP), a proprietary family of automated devices that includes the AXP and the MXP(TM) MarrowXpress and companion sterile blood processing disposables for harvesting stem cells in closed systems. The AXP device is used for the processing of cord blood. GE Healthcare is the exclusive global distribution partner for the AXP cord blood product except for Central and South America, China (except Hong Kong), Russia/CIS and Japan, where ThermoGenesis markets through independent distributors. The MXP is used for isolating stem cells from bone marrow. -- The Res-Q(TM) 60 BMC (Res-Q), a point of care system that is designed for bone marrow stem cell processing. This product was launched in July 2009. -- The CryoSeal® FS System, an automated device and companion sterile blood processing disposable, is used to prepare fibrin sealants from plasma in about an hour. The CryoSeal FS System is approved in the U.S. for liver resection surgeries. The CryoSeal FS System has received the CE-Mark which allows sales of the product throughout the European community. Asahi Medical is the exclusive distributor for the CryoSeal System in Japan and the Company markets through independent distributors in Europe and South America.
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