Company Says Its Technology Could Treat Coronavirus

A Deer Park Drive-based biotech company, CytoSorbents, says its technology is potentially useful in treating patients with coronavirus.

Cytosorbents officers noted that a recent paper in The Lancet, titled “Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China,” found that a condition known as “cyotkine storm” was correlated with especially ill patients. CytoSorb, which is used in 58 countries around the world, is a blood filtering machine that treats cytokine storm that occurs in patients with different conditions such as viral and bacterial sepsis.

“CytoSorb has been used to control deadly inflammation in tens of thousands of treatments in patients with either bacterial or viral sepsis,” said CytoSorbents CEO Phillip Chan. “Although CytoSorb has not yet been specifically used to treat patients infected with this newly emergent coronavirus, we believe it can play an important role, with or without anti-viral therapies, in the treatment of this highly inflammatory illness.”

The Wuhan coronavirus has a relatively asymptomatic incubation period for up to 14 days, often marked only by dry cough and fatigue, when the afflicted can transmit the virus to others, followed by fever and the development of viral pneumonia. The spread of the coronavirus has also been facilitated by international travel.

As of January 28, the new strain of coronavirus had infected approximately 4,500 people and killed 106, arousing fears that the respiratory disease could spread to other countries. The virus is not yet as deadly as the flu, but there is no vaccine for it.

CytoSorbents’ purification technologies are based on polymer beads that can actively remove toxic substances from blood and other bodily fluids.

CytoSorbents Inc. (CTSO), 7 Deer Park Drive, Suite K, Monmouth Junction 08852. 732-329-8885. Phillip Chan, CEO. www.cytosorbents.com.

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Robert G. Gregory, 57, on January 23. He was director of emergency safety and services for the municipality of Princeton and fire marshal for Princeton University. He was previously president of Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad and a former fire chief with North Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company 3.

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Arthur Miles Steinman, 89, on January 20. He was an educational psychology professor at Trenton State College (now TCNJ) for more than 30 years.

John R. Janick, 91, on January 14. He opened Craft Cleaners in Princeton Junction in 1956, later expanding to Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Hightstown. He was also involved in the construction of Maurice Hawk Elementary School as a member of the West Windsor school board.

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