GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cytomedix, Inc. (OTCBB:CMXI) (the "Company"), a leading developer of biologically active regenerative therapies for wound care, inflammation and angiogenesis, announced today the execution of a letter agreement granting an undisclosed global pharmaceutical company an exclusivity period until December 31, 2011 to conduct further due diligence regarding the AutoloGel™ System. In exchange, Cytomedix will receive a $2 million non-refundable option fee within 15 days.
The parties are negotiating an exclusive license and supply agreement whereby the AutoloGel System would be distributed through a dedicated, hospital-based sales force. Any final agreement, which remains subject to the successful conclusion of due diligence and negotiation between the parties, is expected to incorporate an upfront license payment, a product development milestone payment covering the second generation AutoloGel device, and a negotiated profit sharing arrangement on future U.S. based sales of the AutoloGel System in the chronic wound care market.
"We are very pleased to be approaching a key milestone in the broad commercialization of the AutoloGel System. Over the next several weeks, we will be focused on pursuing a robust agreement that delivers value to our shareholders while advancing our long standing commitment to have this therapy appropriately positioned and more widely marketed in the underserved chronic wound care market. We will have no further comment on the specifics of this potential transaction until a definitive agreement is reached," said Martin P. Rosendale, Chief Executive Officer of Cytomedix.
About Cytomedix, Inc.
Cytomedix develops, sells and licenses regenerative biological therapies primarily for wound care, inflammation and angiogenesis. The Company markets the AutoloGel™ System, a device for the production of autologous platelet rich plasma ("PRP") gel for use on a variety of exuding wounds; the Angel® Whole Blood Separation System, a blood processing device and disposable products used for the separation of whole blood into red cells, platelet poor plasma ("PPP") and PRP in surgical settings; and the activAT® Autologous Thrombin Processing Kit, which produces autologous thrombin serum from PPP. The activAT® kit is sold exclusively in Europe and Canada, where it provides a completely autologous, safe alternative to bovine-derived products. The Company is pursuing a multi-faceted strategy to penetrate the chronic wound market with its products, as well as opportunities for the application of AutoloGel™ and PRP technology into other markets such as hair transplantation and orthopedics while actively seeking complementary products for the wound care market. Additional information regarding Cytomedix is available at www.cytomedix.com.
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