CryoLife purchases patent involving formulation, use of recombinant human serum albumin and gluteraldehyde

CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), an implantable biological medical device and cardiovascular tissue processing company whose products include BioGlue Surgical Adhesive, announced today that it has completed the purchase of U.S. patent # 6,329,337.  The patent involves the formulation and use of recombinant human serum albumin and gluteraldehyde, and now becomes part of CryoLife's protein hydrogel patent portfolio, which includes BioGlue.

"CryoLife will continue to invest in emerging and adjacent intellectual property and tools that will complement our portfolio of surgical adhesives and glues for surgeons," said CryoLife president and CEO Steven G. Anderson.  "With our acquisition of this technology, we have an additional opportunity to expand and strengthen our surgical adhesive portfolio," Anderson added.

CryoLife's BioGlue Surgical Adhesive is the leading surgical adhesive used in cardiovascular surgery around the world and is used in a wide range of reconstruction procedures.  Composed of purified bovine serum albumin (BSA) and gluteraldehyde, BioGlue has been used in more than 550,000 surgical procedures and has been published in more than 250 preclinical and clinical papers discussing safety, efficacy, and application techniques since its launch in 1998.

"The strength of BioGlue assures the surgeon that delicate tissues are well reinforced and assists in controlling bleeding in complex surgery.  We believe that these and other properties of BioGlue Surgical Adhesive make it a leading sealant used in complex cardiac and vascular surgery," Anderson said.

SOURCE CryoLife, Inc.

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