Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a medical technology company that makes products that collect, process and separate blood and cells. Platelets are a component of human blood that form clots and stop bleeding. They are used to treat many different patients, such as those undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplants and bone marrow transplants. In 2021, more than 2.5 million units of platelets were transfused in the U.S., up from 2.3 million in 2019, according to the National Blood Collection and Utilization Survey (NBCUS).
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies' latest innovation aims to increase the availability of platelets for transfusion. IMUGARD enables extended shelf life of platelets from the standard five days to seven days.1 This can help blood centers better manage supply to meet patient needs and reduce waste.2,3
Most of the platelets in the United States are currently collected by apheresis. IMUGARD now gives blood centers another product choice to help them recoup platelets from whole blood donations.
"We continue to invest in innovations that help blood centers to positively impact patients. IMUGARD opens the possibility for U.S. blood centers to use the platelets from their whole blood donations to increase the number of platelets available for transfusion. We are the first company to provide seven-day shelf life of both apheresis and whole blood-derived platelets in the U.S., adding flexibility to the platelet supply. This is especially important now with the increased demand for platelets and the challenges blood centers face with recruiting new apheresis platelet donors."
-Chetan Makam, General Manager, Global Blood Solutions, Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies.
About Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a medical technology company. Our products, software and services enable customers to collect and prepare blood and cells to help treat challenging diseases and conditions. Our employees worldwide believe in the potential of blood and cells to do even more for patients than they do today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers.
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies' customers include blood centers, hospitals, therapeutic apheresis clinics, cell collection and processing organizations, researchers and private medical practices. Our customers are based in over 130 countries across the globe. We have 750+ granted patents, with more than 150 additionally pending.
We have global headquarters in Lakewood, Colorado, U.S.A., along with five regional headquarters, seven manufacturing sites and six innovation and development centers across the globe. Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies is a subsidiary of Terumo Corporation (TSE: 4543), a global leader in medical technology.
Terumo (TSE: 4543) is a global leader in medical technology and has been committed to “Contributing to Society through Healthcare” for 100 years. Based in Tokyo and operating globally, Terumo employs more than 30,000 associates worldwide to provide innovative medical solutions in more than 160 countries and regions. The company started as a Japanese thermometer manufacturer, and has been supporting healthcare ever since. Now, its extensive business portfolio ranges from vascular intervention and cardio-surgical solutions, blood transfusion and cell therapy technology, to medical products essential for daily clinical practice such as transfusion systems, diabetes care, and peritoneal dialysis treatments. Terumo will further strive to be of value to patients, medical professionals, and society at large.