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Em seu quarto ano, o Prêmio para o Desenvolvimento da Aférese da Terumo BCT é parte do compromisso de longo prazo de apoiar aqueles que aprimoram os cuidados ao paciente no uso da aférese terapêutica e coleções de células.  A cada ano, o ganhador é escolhido por uma comissão externa global composta de importantes líderes de opinião. Sua decisão baseou-se nas considerações dos planos do AUH para o uso do prêmio, sua história de demonstração de liderança educacional e seu impacto para a comunidade. A comissão do subsídio da Terumo BCT 2016 foi composta por: A cada ano, o Prêmio para o Desenvolvimento da Aférese apresenta um foco diferente. Em 2016, concentrou-se na solução das dificuldades do acesso venoso. "Selecionar e garantir a abordagem apropriada ao acesso vascular é um desafio; aprimorar o acesso periférico pode levar à melhoria da experiência clínica e do paciente. É um privilégio homenagear as iniciativas de médicos, profissionais da saúde e operadores que continuam a aprimorar a experiência e os resultados de pacientes ao redor do mundo", disse Monte Smith, vice-presidente, sistemas terapêuticos globais da Terumo BCT. Pela primeira vez na história do Prêmio para o Desenvolvimento da Aférese, a Terumo BCT incluiu um defensor dos pacientes na comissão de avaliação. Ed Harris atua como diretor executivo e fellow de pesquisas no departamento de Imunologia e Microbiologia Médica da University of Wisconsin–Madison. Harris foi um paciente em mais de 365 procedimentos de aférese terapêutica, todos executados com acesso venoso periférico. Sobre a Terumo BCT A Terumo BCT, líder global em tecnologias celulares, aférese terapêutica e componentes sanguíneos, é a única empresa com a combinação exclusiva de coleções por aférese, processamento de sangue total manual e automatizado, e tecnologias de redução patogênica. Acreditamos que o sangue pode fazer ainda mais do que faz atualmente para pacientes. A convicção desse potencial nos inspira à inovação e fortalece nossa colaboração com os clientes.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Terumo BCTs Spectra Optia® Apheresis System, ein FDA-zugelassenes und CE-gekennzeichnetes Gerät für die therapeutische Apherese und für Verfahren zur Zellenentnahme, wird aktuell in Krankenhäusern und Apherese-Zentren auf der ganzen Welt eingesetzt. Spectra Optia wird in die Forschungsbemühungen von CANCER-ID einbezogen, die diagnostische Leukapherese (DLA) bezüglich ihrer Tauglichkeit zum Erfassen und zur Gewinnung größerer Mengen von ZTZs zu bewerten1. Durch diese Forschung kann dem Spectra Optia-System womöglich in zukünftigen Diagnoseprozessen eine Rolle zugeschrieben werden. Informationen zur Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)            Dieses CANCER-ID-Projekt hat Fördermittel von der Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking unter der Fördernummer No 115749 erhalten. Dieses gemeinsame Unterfangen erhält Unterstützung vom Horizon 2020 Forschungs- und Innovationsprogramm der Europäischen Union sowie von der EFPIA. IMI arbeitet an einer Verbesserung der Gesundheit durch die beschleunigte Entwicklung von und Patientenzugang zu innovativen Medikamenten, insbesondere in Gebieten, wo ein ungedeckter medizinischer oder sozialer Bedarf besteht. Dies wird durch eine Kollaboration mit den Hauptakteuren ermöglicht, die in Gesundheitsforschung involviert sind, einschließlich Universitäten und anderen Branchen, Klein- und mittelständischen Unternehmen (KMUs), Patientenorganisationen und Regulierungsbehörden für Medikamente.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) announces the appointment of Scott Larson as its new chairman of the board of directors. Larson, Senior Vice President of Legal and General Counsel for the global medical device innovator, Lakewood-based Terumo BCT, will lead CBSA for a two-year term. Larson replaces outgoing chair Mark Spiecker, who will continue to serve on the CBSA board and executive committee through 2017. Joining Larson and Spiecker in executive committee positions are: Scott Larson, Chairman of the Board for CBSA, said: “The Colorado BioScience Association supports our fast-growing sector by focusing efforts on the themes that matter most to our members, including increasing access to capital, highlighting their success stories, and connecting talent within Colorado biosciences. I’m proud to work with our board to directly contribute to the vitality of our bioscience sector.” The 30-person CBSA board of directors is comprised of representatives from the state’s biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, ag bio, digital health, healthcare and research organizations. April Giles, President and CEO of CBSA said: “Our newest board members, all from commercial companies, represent a shift in our state’s bioscience sector. While Colorado is known for a thriving start-up community, several of our companies are moving from the emerging or mid-stage into the manufacturing stage. We’re pleased to welcome leaders from Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Bio2Medical, AstraZeneca and Allosource to the Colorado Bioscience Association Board of Directors.” Board members commit to a three-year term and work in partnership with CBSA staff to support the growth of Colorado’s more than 720 bioscience companies. Names and biographies of the full board of directors are available on the CBSA website. Colorado BioScience Association champions life science. We serve as the hub of Colorado’s thriving bioscience sector by connecting innovators to funding, infrastructure, research and talent. From promising young companies to established corporations and institutions, we provide opportunities for networking, education and professional development. We grow the bioscience workforce and lead business expansion policies to advance the industry in our state. CBSA represents more than 350 member organizations, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, ag bio and mobile digital health companies, research and academic institutions and service providers. Learn more about us at http://www.cobioscience.com.


News Article | May 25, 2017
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Throughout this webinar, participants will learn from a number of Terumo BCT case studies, describing how process development and economic goals were achieved in both industry and academic settings. Attendees will learn from new results of T-cell expansion using a hollow-fiber bioreactor system, along with techniques for scaling production of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and new approach to viral vector production. Results include up to a 500-fold expansion of T-cells in 12 days, 40 percent reduction in cost of goods (COGs) of growing cells for an allogeneic therapy, and automated viral vector production with titers similar to flask-based processes. Particular attention will be directed toward the process changes often needed to meet these goals. The speaker for this event will be Dr. Jim Beltzer, senior cell Processing specialist at Terumo BCT. Beltzer earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the Purdue University. Prior to joining Terumo BCT, Beltzer was the lead scientist for the research and development of Corning® Synthemax®, a synthetic growth surface for the culture of human embryonic stem cells at Corning Life Sciences. He was a co-founder of RETT Corporation and was a key player in the industrialization of several technology platforms. LabRoots will host this even May 31, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. PDT, 9:00 a.m. SGT, 12:00 p.m. AEDT. To read more about this event, learn of the continuing education credits offered, or to register for free, click here. ABOUT TERUMO BCT Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing, and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers. ABOUT LABROOTS LabRoots is the leading scientific social networking website, which provides daily scientific trending news and science-themed apparel, as well as produces educational virtual events and webinars, on the latest discoveries and advancements in science. Contributing to the advancement of science through content sharing capabilities, LabRoots is a powerful advocate in amplifying global networks and communities. Founded in 2008, LabRoots emphasizes digital innovation in scientific collaboration and learning, and is a primary source for current scientific news, webinars, virtual conferences, and more. LabRoots has grown into the world’s largest series of virtual events within the Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostics community.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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La asociación público-privada tiene el objetivo de estandarizar y validar clínicamente los biomarcadores sanguíneos LAKEWOOD, Colorado, 24 de mayo de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Terumo BCT, una de las empresas más importantes de hemoderivados, aféresis terapéutica y tecnologías celulares, ha...


News Article | May 23, 2017
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CONCORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cerus Corporation (NASDAQ: CERS) announced today that it received notification last week of a pending U.S. supply shortage of a platelet additive solution (PAS) manufactured and sold by Fresenius Kabi. The pending shortage is due to an unanticipated delay in FDA approval of a plastic component used in the manufacture of the PAS container following discontinuation of the original component by Fresenius Kabi's supplier. The shortage is expected to temporarily impact certain U.S. blood centers that utilize PAS to produce INTERCEPT platelets. Fresenius Kabi has stated that it is working with its suppliers and the FDA to resolve this delay and minimize any long-term disruption in supply. Cerus is committed to supporting all blood centers, hospitals and patients who rely upon the INTERCEPT system to safeguard their platelet supply. "We believe that access to pathogen reduced platelets is critical for all patients, and are doing everything we can to support impacted blood centers and also their hospital customers who are using or wish to use INTERCEPT platelets," said William 'Obi' Greenman, Cerus' president and CEO. “For our customers who produce INTERCEPT platelets on the Amicus collection platform, availability of this Fresenius Kabi PAS product is essential to their continued production of pathogen reduced platelets. We understand that Fresenius Kabi anticipates the supply shortage will be temporary, and we believe the shortage could adversely affect INTERCEPT platelet production by impacted blood centers through year end," Mr. Greenman continued. As a result of the expected impact of the PAS supply disruption on INTERCEPT platelet production, the Company is updating its 2017 product revenue guidance to a range of $38 million to $46 million compared to the prior range of $43 million to $48 million. In the U.S., INTERCEPT platelets may be produced in a mixture of PAS and plasma (65% PAS and 35% plasma) on platelets collected on the Amicus apheresis platform, or in 100% plasma on platelets collected on the Trima Accel apheresis platform. An individual blood center may have both collection platforms available, or may standardize their production on one platform. Cerus Corporation is a biomedical products company focused in the field of blood transfusion safety. The INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections by inactivating a broad range of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and parasites that may be present in donated blood. The nucleic acid targeting mechanism of action of the INTERCEPT treatment is designed to inactivate established transfusion threats, such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV, West Nile Virus and bacteria, as well as emerging pathogens such as chikungunya, malaria and dengue. Cerus currently markets and sells the INTERCEPT Blood System for both platelets and plasma in the United States, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East and selected countries in other regions around the world. The INTERCEPT red blood cell system is in clinical development. See www.cerus.com for information about Cerus. INTERCEPT and INTERCEPT Blood System are trademarks of Cerus Corporation. Amicus is a trademark of Fresenius Kabi. Trima Accel is a trademark of Terumo BCT, Incorporated. Except for the historical statements contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Cerus’ products, prospects and expected results, including statements concerning Cerus’ 2017 annual product revenue guidance and its expectations for U.S. revenue contribution in 2017 and the timing thereof; and Cerus’ expectations regarding Fresenius Kabi’s ability to remedy the supply shortage of PAS. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including, without limitation: risks associated with the commercialization and market acceptance of, and customer demand for, the INTERCEPT Blood System, including the risks that Cerus may not meet its adjusted revenue guidance for 2017 and/or realize meaningful revenue contributions from U.S. customers in 2017 or otherwise, particularly since Cerus cannot guarantee the volume or timing of commercial purchases, if any, that its U.S. customers may make under Cerus’ commercial agreements with these customers; risks associated with Cerus’ lack of commercialization experience in the United States and its ability to develop and maintain an effective and qualified U.S.-based commercial organization, as well as the resulting uncertainty of its ability to achieve market acceptance of and otherwise successfully commercialize the INTERCEPT Blood System for platelets and plasma in the United States, including as a result of licensure requirements that must be satisfied by U.S. customers prior to their engaging in interstate transport of blood components processed using the INTERCEPT Blood System; risks related to Fresenius Kabi’s efforts to remedy the supply shortage of PAS in a meaningful and timely manner; risks related to how the supply shortage could affect INTERCEPT’s acceptance in the marketplace; risks related to how the supply shortage may effect current commercial contracts; risks related to Cerus’ ability to commercialize the INTERCEPT Blood System in the United States without infringing on the intellectual property rights of others; risks related to Cerus’ ability to demonstrate to the transfusion medicine community and other health care constituencies that pathogen reduction and the INTERCEPT Blood System is safe, effective and economical; the uncertain and time-consuming development and regulatory process, including the risks (a) that Cerus may be unable to comply with the FDA’s post-approval requirements for the INTERCEPT platelet and plasma systems, including by successfully completing required post-approval studies, which could result in a loss of U.S. marketing approval for the INTERCEPT platelet and/or plasma systems, (b) related to Cerus’ ability to expand the label claims and product configurations for the INTERCEPT platelet and plasma systems in the United States, which will require additional regulatory approvals and (c) that Cerus may be unable to file for CE Mark approval of the red blood cell system in Europe in the anticipated timeframe or at all, and even if filed, Cerus may be unable to obtain CE Mark approval, or any other regulatory approvals, of the red blood cell system in a timely manner or at all; risks related to adverse market and economic conditions, including continued or more severe adverse fluctuations in foreign exchange rates and/or weakening economic conditions in the markets where Cerus sells its products; Cerus’ reliance on third parties to market, sell, distribute and maintain its products; Cerus’ ability to maintain an effective manufacturing supply chain, including the ability of its manufacturers to comply with extensive FDA and foreign regulatory agency requirements; the impact of legislative or regulatory healthcare reforms that may make it more difficult and costly for Cerus to produce, market and distribute its products; risks related to future opportunities and plans, including the uncertainty of future revenues and other financial performance and results, as well as other risks detailed in Cerus’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Cerus’ Annual Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on May 4, 2017. Cerus disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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CTCs are promising biomarkers for detection and diagnosis of systemic cancers. CTCs could potentially help physicians and scientists plot the molecular signature of an individual's tumor over time, monitor tumor responsiveness to therapy, and identify targets for the development of personalized therapies. To date, the infrequent detection of CTCs has hindered clinical implementation and potential use in liquid biopsies for cancer diagnosis and therapy.1 Terumo BCT's Spectra Optia® Apheresis System, an FDA-cleared and CE marked device for use in therapeutic apheresis and cell collection procedures, is currently used in hospitals and apheresis centers around the world. Spectra Optia will be incorporated into CANCER-ID research efforts that will evaluate diagnostic leukapheresis (DLA) as a means to capture and harvest larger numbers of CTCs1. This research may identify a role for the Spectra Optia system in future diagnostic processes. Terumo BCT is pleased to partner with CANCER-ID, furthering the consortium's mission of developing standards and conducting clinical validation to enable broad adoption of reliable molecular analyses from liquid biopsies. "We are delighted to be included in CANCER-ID as an industry partner and to provide the Spectra Optia system as a potential new tool for physicians as they seek to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease. As a partner to the consortium, we further our commitment to research and innovation that advances personalized medicine with a specific focus on immuno-oncology," says Monte Smith, Vice President, Global Therapeutic Systems, Terumo BCT. According to Dr. Thomas Schlange, Senior Biomarker Scientist, Global Biomarker Research, Bayer Pharma AG, "CANCER-ID is an excellent example of a public-private partnership enabling collaborative research to develop modern cancer therapy. This consortium brings together an international team of global biomarker experts that extends far beyond the scope of traditional 'one-on-one' industry-academia collaborations." CANCER-ID's initial evaluation phase will be followed by a clinical phase, running until 2020, with a goal to establish the use of liquid biopsies in evaluating the progress of lung and breast cancer treatments. Disclaimer: This press release reflects the author's view and that neither IMI nor the European Union, EFPIA, or any Associated Partners are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. About Terumo BCT Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers. About the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)            This CANCER-ID project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 115749. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA. IMI is working to improve health by accelerating the development of, and patient access to, innovative medicines, particularly in areas where there is an unmet medical or social need. It does this by facilitating collaboration between the key players involved in healthcare research, including universities, the pharmaceutical and other industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), patient organizations and medicines regulators. IMI is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). Through the IMI 2 programme, IMI has a budget of €3.3 billion for the period 2014-2024. Half of this comes from the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The other half comes from large companies, mostly from the pharmaceutical sector; these do not receive any EU funding, but contribute to the projects 'in kind', for example by donating their researchers' time or providing access to research facilities or resources. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/terumo-bct-joins-cancer-id-consortium-300462885.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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Cancer treatment is often hampered by late diagnosis, lack of prognostic indicators, and limited ability to monitor and personalize treatment. The goal of the consortium is to establish the clinical utility of liquid biopsies which are non-invasive blood tests that detect circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and fragments of tumor DNA that are shed into the blood from the primary tumor or metastatic sites. CTCs are promising biomarkers for detection and diagnosis of systemic cancers. CTCs could potentially help physicians and scientists plot the molecular signature of an individual's tumor over time, monitor tumor responsiveness to therapy, and identify targets for the development of personalized therapies. To date, the infrequent detection of CTCs has hindered clinical implementation and potential use in liquid biopsies for cancer diagnosis and therapy.1 Terumo BCT's Spectra Optia® Apheresis System, an FDA-cleared and CE marked device for use in therapeutic apheresis and cell collection procedures, is currently used in hospitals and apheresis centers around the world. Spectra Optia will be incorporated into CANCER-ID research efforts that will evaluate diagnostic leukapheresis (DLA) as a means to capture and harvest larger numbers of CTCs1. This research may identify a role for the Spectra Optia system in future diagnostic processes. Terumo BCT is pleased to partner with CANCER-ID, furthering the consortium's mission of developing standards and conducting clinical validation to enable broad adoption of reliable molecular analyses from liquid biopsies. "We are delighted to be included in CANCER-ID as an industry partner and to provide the Spectra Optia system as a potential new tool for physicians as they seek to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease. As a partner to the consortium, we further our commitment to research and innovation that advances personalized medicine with a specific focus on immuno-oncology," says Monte Smith, Vice President, Global Therapeutic Systems, Terumo BCT. According to Dr. Thomas Schlange, Senior Biomarker Scientist, Global Biomarker Research, Bayer Pharma AG, "CANCER-ID is an excellent example of a public-private partnership enabling collaborative research to develop modern cancer therapy. This consortium brings together an international team of global biomarker experts that extends far beyond the scope of traditional 'one-on-one' industry-academia collaborations." CANCER-ID's initial evaluation phase will be followed by a clinical phase, running until 2020, with a goal to establish the use of liquid biopsies in evaluating the progress of lung and breast cancer treatments. Disclaimer: This press release reflects the author's view and that neither IMI nor the European Union, EFPIA, or any Associated Partners are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. About Terumo BCT Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers. About the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)            This CANCER-ID project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 115749. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA. IMI is working to improve health by accelerating the development of, and patient access to, innovative medicines, particularly in areas where there is an unmet medical or social need. It does this by facilitating collaboration between the key players involved in healthcare research, including universities, the pharmaceutical and other industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), patient organizations and medicines regulators. IMI is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). Through the IMI 2 programme, IMI has a budget of €3.3 billion for the period 2014-2024. Half of this comes from the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The other half comes from large companies, mostly from the pharmaceutical sector; these do not receive any EU funding, but contribute to the projects 'in kind', for example by donating their researchers' time or providing access to research facilities or resources.


News Article | May 24, 2017
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LAKEWOOD, Colo., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, today announced it has joined CANCER-ID, a public-private European consortium working to establish standard protocols and clinical validation for blood-based biomarkers of cancer. CANCER-ID is funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), bringing together 38 partners from 13 countries. Cancer treatment is often hampered by late diagnosis, lack of prognostic indicators, and limited ability to monitor and personalize treatment. The goal of the consortium is to establish the clinical utility of liquid biopsies which are non-invasive blood tests that detect circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and fragments of tumor DNA that are shed into the blood from the primary tumor or metastatic sites. CTCs are promising biomarkers for detection and diagnosis of systemic cancers. CTCs could potentially help physicians and scientists plot the molecular signature of an individual's tumor over time, monitor tumor responsiveness to therapy, and identify targets for the development of personalized therapies. To date, the infrequent detection of CTCs has hindered clinical implementation and potential use in liquid biopsies for cancer diagnosis and therapy.1 Terumo BCT's Spectra Optia® Apheresis System, an FDA-cleared and CE marked device for use in therapeutic apheresis and cell collection procedures, is currently used in hospitals and apheresis centers around the world. Spectra Optia will be incorporated into CANCER-ID research efforts that will evaluate diagnostic leukapheresis (DLA) as a means to capture and harvest larger numbers of CTCs1. This research may identify a role for the Spectra Optia system in future diagnostic processes. Terumo BCT is pleased to partner with CANCER-ID, furthering the consortium's mission of developing standards and conducting clinical validation to enable broad adoption of reliable molecular analyses from liquid biopsies. "We are delighted to be included in CANCER-ID as an industry partner and to provide the Spectra Optia system as a potential new tool for physicians as they seek to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease. As a partner to the consortium, we further our commitment to research and innovation that advances personalized medicine with a specific focus on immuno-oncology," says Monte Smith, Vice President, Global Therapeutic Systems, Terumo BCT. According to Dr. Thomas Schlange, Senior Biomarker Scientist, Global Biomarker Research, Bayer Pharma AG, "CANCER-ID is an excellent example of a public-private partnership enabling collaborative research to develop modern cancer therapy. This consortium brings together an international team of global biomarker experts that extends far beyond the scope of traditional 'one-on-one' industry-academia collaborations." CANCER-ID's initial evaluation phase will be followed by a clinical phase, running until 2020, with a goal to establish the use of liquid biopsies in evaluating the progress of lung and breast cancer treatments. Disclaimer: This press release reflects the author's view and that neither IMI nor the European Union, EFPIA, or any Associated Partners are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. About Terumo BCT Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers. About the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)            This CANCER-ID project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 115749. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA. IMI is working to improve health by accelerating the development of, and patient access to, innovative medicines, particularly in areas where there is an unmet medical or social need. It does this by facilitating collaboration between the key players involved in healthcare research, including universities, the pharmaceutical and other industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), patient organizations and medicines regulators. IMI is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). Through the IMI 2 programme, IMI has a budget of €3.3 billion for the period 2014-2024. Half of this comes from the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The other half comes from large companies, mostly from the pharmaceutical sector; these do not receive any EU funding, but contribute to the projects 'in kind', for example by donating their researchers' time or providing access to research facilities or resources.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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"Both the Mirasol PRT system for WB and a hemovigilance program are important components of the collaboration for our continued drive towards improving blood safety in Ghana," said Justina Ansah, MD, CEO of the National Blood Service of Ghana (NBSG). "I'm excited to see the direct results of this collaboration, which we hope will help to further reduce the risk associated with blood transfusions in Ghana." Terumo BCT, a Terumo Corporation company, worked closely with the NBSG on initiatives for blood safety to complete the African Investigation of the Mirasol System (AIMS) clinical study at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. The study demonstrated a significant reduction in malaria transmissions through blood transfusion using whole blood treated with the Mirasol PRT system. As a result, the Mirasol PRT system for WB was CE marked in September 2015 and was approved for use by the Ghana FDA in August 2016. JICA and Terumo Corporation also have a history of success. "In 2013, JICA and Terumo successfully collaborated to broaden transradial intervention (TRI) in Latin America," said Takashi Baba, director of the Private Sector Partnership Division, JICA. "We believe this transfusion program, based on Japanese technology, will help Ghana address some key transfusion challenges such as malaria, which we do not face in Japan." The Mirasol PRT system for WB uses a combination of riboflavin (vitamin B2) and ultraviolet light to reduce the risk of exposure to pathogens and to inactivate white blood cells in whole blood for transfusion. "We're proud of this collaborative global effort to directly address the safety of the blood supply in Ghana," said David Perez, president and CEO of Terumo BCT. "We look forward to working with the blood center staff to implement Mirasol PRT as part of their daily efforts to help ensure patients in need have access to safer transfusions." Healthcare professionals in more than 70 centers across 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Central America and Asia are currently using the Mirasol PRT system. As part of an effort to seek U.S. FDA approval for Mirasol-treated blood products, Terumo BCT is initiating clinical trials identified as MIPLATE and PRAISE to support these submissions. Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing, and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers. JICA, an independent administrative corporation established under the International Cooperation Organization Act, is dedicated to enhancing the economy and society. JICA partners with companies and organizations throughout the world to advance understanding through research and address health issues with equipment, goods and emergency aid. Those working with JICA to support this initiative include the Ghana Ministry of Health, NBSG, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Terumo Corporation and Terumo BCT. 1Adjei AA, Kuma GK, Tettey Y, et al. Bacterial contamination of blood components in three major blood transfusion centers, Accra, Ghana. Jpn J Infect Dis. 2009;62(4):265-269. 2Freimanis G, Sedegah M, Owusu-Ofori S, Kumar S, Allain J-P. Investigating the prevalence of transfusion transmission of Plasmodium within a hyperendemic blood donation system. Transfusion. 2013;53(7):1429-1441. 3Nkruma B, Owusu M, Frempong HO, Averu P. Hepatitis B and C viral infections among blood donors from rural Ghana. Ghana Med J;2011:45(3):97-100. 4Ampofo W, Nii-Trebi N, Ansah J, et al. Prevalence of blood-borne infectious diseases in blood donors in Ghana. J Clin Microbiol. 2002;40(9):3523-3525.

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