DOD chooses ExThera blood filter for COVID-19 trial

ExThera Medical announced today that the U.S. Defense Dept. selected its Seraph 100 Microbind affinity blood filter for a U.S.-based clinical trial.

The randomized, controlled, multi-center trial will be funded by the DoD and run by investigators at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md. It comes on the back of encouraging preliminary results in the treatment of critically-ill COVID-19 patients at a military hospital in the U.S., as well as 14 other hospitals in Europe, according to a news release.

Initial reports show that Seraph 100 stabilizes blood pressure and inflammatory biomarkers that correlate with poor patient outcomes, as IL-6, Ferritin, D-dimers, LDH and Nt-proBNP all decreased during Seraph 100 treatments of COVID-19 patients.

The blood filter, which won CE Mark approval in August 2019, could improve patient outcomes by providing additional time for care while reducing sources of inflammation and possibly preventing further damag…

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