PRINCETON, N.J., April 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO), a leader in the treatment of life-threatening conditions in the intensive care unit and cardiac surgery using blood purification via its proprietary polymer adsorption technology, announces that its pivotal STAR-T (Safe and Timely Antithrombotic Removal – Ticagrelor) randomized, controlled trial has enrolled 80 patients, achieving the second of three key enrollment milestones, and triggering a pre-specified Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) safety review.
Dr. Efthymios N. Deliargyris, Chief Medical Officer of CytoSorbents stated, “We are pleased with the solid enrollment pace of the STAR-T trial, now two-thirds enrolled, and believe it reflects a) the positive enthusiasm and commitment of participating U.S. and Canadian study centers, b) the large unmet medical need and numbers of patients on ticagrelor undergoing cardiothoracic surgery, and c) the laser focus of our clinical team. We expect completion of the second DSMB safety review over the next several months.”
Dr. Deliargyris continued, “Because of the brisk enrollment of the trial, we continue to project that STAR-T will be fully enrolled this summer. Because of this, as we discussed in our last earnings call in March, we have elected to forego an interim analysis at this stage which would have otherwise taken several months to conclude, and instead race to complete trial enrollment on schedule and initiate the final study analysis, while preserving the full statistical power of the study. This would put us in the position of having top-line data later this year, with the goal of filing for U.S. FDA and Health Canada regulatory approval thereafter.”
The STAR-T trial intends to enroll approximately 120 patients at 30 centers in the U.S. and Canada to evaluate whether intraoperative use of DrugSorb®-ATR can reduce the high perioperative risk of bleeding in patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery who have recently received the blood thinning agent, ticagrelor. This pivotal study is intended to support U.S. FDA and Health Canada marketing approval for DrugSorb-ATR in this application, for which CytoSorbents received FDA Breakthrough Device Designation in April 2020, recognizing it as a major unmet medical need for which there are no FDA-approved or cleared therapies.
About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is a leader in the treatment of life-threatening conditions in the intensive care unit and in cardiac surgery through blood purification. Its lead product, CytoSorb®, is approved in the European Union and distributed in 75 countries worldwide. It is an extracorporeal cytokine adsorber that reduces "cytokine storm" or "cytokine release syndrome" in common critical illnesses that can lead to massive inflammation, organ failure and patient death. In these diseases, the risk of death can be extremely high, and there are few, if any, effective treatments. CytoSorb is also used during and after cardiothoracic surgery to remove antithrombotic drugs and inflammatory mediators that can lead to postoperative complications, including severe bleeding and multiple organ failure. At the end of 2022, more than 195,000 CytoSorb devices have been used cumulatively. CytoSorb was originally launched in the European Union under CE mark as the first cytokine adsorber. Additional CE mark extensions were granted for bilirubin and myoglobin removal in clinical conditions such as liver disease and trauma, respectively, and for ticagrelor and rivaroxaban removal in cardiothoracic surgery procedures. CytoSorb has also received FDA Emergency Use Authorization in the United States for use in adult critically ill COVID-19 patients with impending or confirmed respiratory failure. The DrugSorb™-ATR antithrombotic removal system, based on the same polymer technology as CytoSorb, also received two FDA Breakthrough Device Designations, one for the removal of ticagrelor and another for the removal of the direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) apixaban and rivaroxaban in a cardiopulmonary bypass circuit during urgent cardiothoracic procedures. The Company is currently conducting the FDA-approved, randomized, controlled STAR-T (Safe and Timely Antithrombotic Removal-Ticagrelor) study of 120 patients at approximately 30 centers in U.S. and Canada to evaluate whether intraoperative use of DrugSorb-ATR can reduce the perioperative risk of bleeding in patients receiving ticagrelor and undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. This pivotal study is intended to support U.S. FDA and Health Canada marketing approval for DrugSorb-ATR in this application.
CytoSorbents’ purification technologies are based on biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that can actively remove toxic substances from blood and other bodily fluids by pore capture and surface adsorption. Its technologies have received non-dilutive grant, contract, and other funding of approximately $48 million from DARPA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Air Force Material Command (USAF/AFMC), and others. The Company has numerous marketed products and products under development based upon this unique blood purification technology protected by many issued U.S. and international patents and registered trademarks, and multiple patent applications pending, including ECOS-300CY®, CytoSorb-XL™, HemoDefend-RBC™, HemoDefend-BGA™, VetResQ®, K+ontrol™, DrugSorb™, DrugSorb™-ATR, ContrastSorb, and others. For more information, please visit the Company’s websites at www.cytosorbents.com and www.cytosorb.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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