May 20, 2014
LAKEWOOD, Colo., USA--May 20, 2014--Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, has entered into a business relationship with Kaneka, a global leader in life science products, to gain market authorization in the United States for the use of the Terumo BCT Spectra Optia® Apheresis System with the Kaneka Liposorber® LA-40S LDL Adsorption Column for cardiologists treating patients with high cholesterol.
Through this new agreement, Terumo BCT and Kaneka will collaborate to seek the required approvals for the use of the Spectra Optia system and the Liposorber column to treat patients with coronary heart disease and severe hyper cholesterolemia, thereby expanding clinical treatment options for clinicians in the U.S.
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Bob Sullivan, Vice President, Therapeutic Systems, Terumo BCT
"This unique opportunity to collaborate with Kaneka enables Terumo BCT to advance apheresis on behalf of patients who need more support in managing LDL cholesterol levels. Because of the current broad geographic distribution of the Spectra Optia system in the U.S. today, we anticipate that this collaboration will enable access to this LDL reduction therapy for many more patients. With this agreement in place, Terumo BCT adds to the versatility of the Spectra Optia system, becomes a full system provider for columns, and truly unlocks the potential of blood."
Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing, and pathogen reduction. We believe in the potential of blood to do even more for patients than it does today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers.
Kaneka Corporation was established in 1949 as a spin-off from Kanegafuchi Spinning Co., Ltd. Initially, Kaneka's main products included caustic soda, soap, cosmetics, edible oils and fats, and electrical wires. The Company later diversified into polymers, fermentation, biotechnology and electronics, as well as other fields. Business activities now span a broad spectrum of markets ranging from chemicals, functional plastics, expandable plastics and products, foodstuffs products, life science products, electronic products, synthetic fibers and others. The Company has been a leader among Japanese chemical companies in establishing overseas operations, beginning in 1970 with a subsidiary in Belgium. Kaneka now has overseas subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia.
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