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In the field of blood safety, the company is developing and commercializing the INTERCEPT Blood System, which is based on the company's proprietary Helinx technology and is designed to enhance the safety of donated blood components by inactivating viruses, bacteria, parasites and other pathogens, as well as potentially harmful white blood cells.
New methods of inactivating pathogens would be especially advantageous for reducing bacterial contamination of platelets, which are particularly vulnerable because they must be stored at room temperature, says Roger Dodd, president of the American Association of Blood Banks in Bethesda, Md.
Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ:CERS) announced today the initiation of its Phase I clinical trial of the INTERCEPT red blood cell system, a proprietary system designed to improve blood safety by inactivating blood-borne pathogens in donated red blood cells for transfusion.
Experiments on cultured nerve cells showed then that the antibodies enhanced nerve growth by inactivating the inhibiting substances.
Talecris is a recognized leader in plasma screening and testing, as well as in the integration of processes capable of removing or inactivating known and emerging pathogens including HIV, hepatitis, West Nile Virus, vaccinia, avian flu, and the pathogenic prions associated with vCJD.
The chemicals work by inactivating a fungal enzyme called P-450.
Nanobac's BioAnalytical Services works with biopharmaceutical partners to develop and apply methods for avoiding, detecting, and inactivating or eliminating CNPs from raw materials.
This technology is rapid, inactivating more than 6 logs (one million virions per milliliter) of most viruses in less than 20 seconds.