Cytori Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:CYTX) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Idis Managed Access, part of the Clinigen Group plc, to establish a Managed Access Program (MAP) in select countries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for patients with impaired hand function due to scleroderma. A MAP will allow Cytori, upon completion of the statutory legal and regulatory requirements, to offer patients and their healthcare providers access to Cytori Cell TherapyTM, known as ECCS-50, in advance of the product’s full marketing authorization in their respective countries.

Dr. Marc H. Hedrick, Cytori President and CEO said, “European regulations allow patients access to innovative therapies under development in certain situations, and given the safety profile and promising data thus far for ECCS-50, we think granting limited access is clearly in the best interest of patients with scleroderma of the hand.”

ECCS-50 is an autologous, adipose-derived cell therapy produced at the patient’s bedside and administered via a series of hand injections, in a single same-day procedure. ECCS-50 is an investigational product currently in Phase III clinical trials in the U.S. and France.

“Patients with this rare and debilitating condition have limited treatment options as there are currently no approved products available for impaired hand function due to scleroderma. By partnering with the global leader in the design and implementation of Managed Access Programs, we believe we can offer a new choice of treatment for these patients,” said Russ Havranek, Director of Marketing at Cytori Therapeutics. “We also plan to collect real-world data to better understand how ECCS-50 is best used in clinical practice.”

Managed Access Programs provide biopharmaceutical companies with a way to allow ethical access to their pre-license/unlicensed medicines to help patients with unmet medical needs. Access is provided in response to physician requests in a fully compliant manner, where no alternative treatment options are available. The source of medicine funding varies and may include the hospital’s budget or country’s sickness fund or social security system.

“Idis has significant experience and expertise in the rare and orphan disease space, having managed early access to over 70 investigational rare disease drugs, across 130 countries, worldwide. Further, our involvement with the EURORDIS Round Table of Companies, CheckOrphan, and the Global Genes Project ensures Idis MA is well known to key stakeholders and provides a strong platform to provide appropriate access to this important product,” said Simon Estcourt, Managing Director at Idis Managed Access. (Original Source)

Shares of Cytori Therapeutics closed yesterday at $0.169 . CYTX has a 1-year high of $1.47 and a 1-year low of $0.16. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $0.26 and its 200-day moving average is $0.37.

On the ratings front, Cytori has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on December 18, Maxim Group analyst Jason Kolbert reiterated a Buy rating on CYTX, with a price target of $5, which represents a potential upside of 2858.6% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on November 9, Roth Capital’s Joseph Pantginis maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $2.50.

According to, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Jason Kolbert and Joseph Pantginis have a total average return of -20.6% and -11.6% respectively. Kolbert has a success rate of 23.7% and is ranked #3592 out of 3594 analysts, while Pantginis has a success rate of 31.7% and is ranked #3578.

Cytori Therapeutics Inc is engaged in the development of novel treatments for cardiovascular disease and soft tissue injuries and burns.