LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Terumo BCT has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a controlled evaluation of the polymorphonuclear (PMN) cell collection protocol on its next-generation apheresis platform, the Spectra Optia system. Donor PMN cells (specifically neutrophils), given to patients via transfusion, may help prevent infection in those patients who have limited infection-fighting white cells due to disease or chemotherapy treatment. In patients who have already developed severe infections and are at a higher risk of mortality, transfused PMN cells may help fight the infection until the patient's immune system is restored.
Bob Sullivan, Vice President, Therapeutic Systems
“This study of the PMN cell collection protocol on the Spectra Optia system will garner another critical patient treatment option on a device built for choice and adaptability. Taking the steps necessary to advance additional procedures on our next-generation platform is critical in helping our customers touch the lives of very sick patients in need.”
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 coupled with leading technologies in therapeutic apheresis and cell processing. 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.