Following CytoSorbents Corp.’s (NASDAQ: CTSO) appointment of a new chief medical officer (CMO), Aegis Capital reiterated its ‘Buy’ rating and price target of $9 on shares of the company’s stock. The company recently named Dr. Eric G. Mortensen, M.D., Ph.D., as its new CMO, starting full-time tomorrow. Dr. Mortensen holds an M.D. from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Former CMO Dr. Robert H. Bartlett, M.D. will retire after nine years with the company, but will remain as a consultant and as co-chair of Cardiac Surgery Advisory Board through the REFRESH 2 cardiac surgery trial.
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About CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO)
CytoSorbents Corporation is engaged in critical care immunotherapy, specializing in blood purification. Its flagship product, CytoSorb® is approved in the European Union with distribution in 43 countries around the world, as a safe and effective extracorporeal cytokine adsorber, designed to reduce the “cytokine storm” or “cytokine release syndrome” that could otherwise cause massive inflammation, organ failure and death in common critical illnesses such as sepsis, burn injury, trauma, lung injury and pancreatitis, as well as in cancer immunotherapy. These are conditions where the risk of death is extremely high, yet no effective treatments exist. CytoSorb® is also being used during and after cardiac surgery to remove inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines and free hemoglobin, which can lead to post-operative complications, including multiple organ failure. CytoSorbents has completed its REFRESH (REduction in FREe Hemoglobin) 1 trial – a multi-center, randomized controlled study that has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of free hemoglobin reduction with intra-operative CytoSorb® use in a heart-lung machine during complex cardiac surgery. In 2017, the company plans to initiate a pivotal REFRESH 2 trial intended to support U.S. FDA approval. CytoSorb® has been used safely in more than 23,000 human treatments to date. 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 in excess of $18 million from DARPA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and others. The company has numerous products under development based upon this unique blood purification technology, protected by 32 issued U.S. patents and multiple applications pending, including CytoSorb-XL, HemoDefend™, VetResQ™, ContrastSorb, DrugSorb, and others.
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