Friday, September 10, 2010

Department of Defense awards Entegrion $8.2M to develop dried plasma

Life sciences company Entegrion has won a two-year, $8.2 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue development of a dried human plasma product that can be used for transfusions.
The Research Triangle Park-based company will deploy the funds to “scale-up” production and to develop efficient manufacturing processes for the production of the dried plasma, which has a longer shelf life than liquid plasma and does not have to be refrigerated, making it much easier to transport.
“This technology will help improve the safety and availability of blood and blood products for transfusion in domestic and global health applications, and we are pleased to see the military’s continued confidence and investment commitment to the technology,” said Joseph A. DaCorta, vice president and chief technology officer of Entegrion.
Entegrion develops products that help to control bleeding. Human blood contains proteins and clotting factors, is often used in situations in which patients suffer severe bleeding. Entegrion’s dried plasma product is designed to be quickly rehydrated, offering a time advantage of fresh frozen plasma, which can take time to thaw.

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