Fresenius Medical Care expands critical care offering with ExThera Medical’s Seraph 100 adsorber
Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s leading provider of products and services for people with chronic kidney failure, will offer the Seraph 100 Microbind Affinity Blood Filter from ExThera Medical Corporation in several European countries as of now. Both companies have signed a co-marketing and distribution agreement, effective in January 2021 and covering Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
ExThera Medical’s Seraph 100 adsorber is used in critical care for the extracorporeal removal of pathogens from the bloodstream and can be operated with Fresenius Medical Care acute dialysis machines. Similar to the dialysis process, the blood is purified by pumping it through the filter. The Seraph 100 has been CE-certified since 2019 for the reduction of pathogens during bloodstream infections, in addition to therapy with antiinfectives.
“With the innovative adsorber technology from ExThera Medical, we are strengthening our offering in the field of critical care solutions, which is one of the key areas of company’s strategy 2025,” said Dr Katarzyna Mazur-Hofsäß, Fresenius Medical Care’s CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Bloodstream infections often lead to kidney, lung or multiorgan failure. A treatment with the Seraph 100 can eliminate more than 90 percent of the pathogens in the patient’s blood for every pass through the filter. And the first treatment results of its use with COVID-19 patients are very promising.”
“We are very excited to partner with Fresenius Medical Care to broaden European availability of the Seraph 100,” said Bob Ward, Founder and CEO of ExThera Medical. “This distribution agreement ensures as many patients as possible will have access to a therapy that can help critically ill patients suffering from pathogen-oriented bloodstream infection.”
Fresenius Medical Care Ventures, the venture capital unit of Fresenius Medical Care, has a financial stake in ExThera Medical since 2016.
Fresenius Medical Care is the world's leading provider of products and services for individuals with renal diseases of which around 3.5 million patients worldwide regularly undergo dialysis treatment. Through its network of 4,073 dialysis clinics, Fresenius Medical Care provides dialysis treatments for 349,167 patients around the globe. Fresenius Medical Care is also the leading provider of dialysis products such as dialysis machines or dialyzers. Along with the core business, the company focuses on expanding the range of related medical services in the field of Care Coordination. Fresenius Medical Care is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FME) and on the New York Stock Exchange (FMS).