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CytoSorbents And Aferetica Introduce CytoSorb® to Italy

Friday January 30, 2015

MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 30, 2015 - CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ CM: CTSO), a critical care immunotherapy company commercializing its CytoSorb® extracorporeal cytokine adsorber to treat critically-ill patients and cardiac surgery patients in multiple countries worldwide, announced its exclusive distribution agreement with Aferetica SRL to distribute CytoSorb® in Italy for critical care applications. This multi-year agreement is subject to annual minimum guaranteed orders of CytoSorb® to maintain exclusivity.

Mr. Mauro Atti, Chief Executive Officer of Aferetica SRL, stated, "Extracorporeal blood purification to treat disease is common in Italy, particularly for complex conditions such as sepsis. My colleagues and I have been directly involved with the development and commercialization of many of these novel therapies in the critical care community. Because of this, we clearly recognize the innovation that CytoSorb® brings to this pre-existing market. The treatment opportunities with CytoSorb® in critical care are enormous. I am amazed with the initial results we have seen with this easy-to-use therapy inside Italian hospitals and truly believe, with CytoSorb®, that we are introducing a therapy that gives real hope to critically-ill patients, their families, and medical professionals facing terrible odds. "

Dr. Phillip Chan, Chief Executive Officer of CytoSorbents, commented, "We are extremely pleased to be working with Aferetica to introduce CytoSorb® to Italy, one of Europe's largest medical device markets and a country where physicians have embraced the value of blood purification. Mauro Atti and his colleagues have helped pioneer the use of extracorporeal therapies to treat life-threatening illnesses such as sepsis in the past at major international corporations, and have established strong relationships with key medical opinion leaders throughout Italy and the rest of the world. In addition, this highly experienced veteran team understands the nuances and specifics of the Italian medical device market, making them ideal partners going forward."

With 60 million people, Italy is the fourth largest country in Europe. It spends approximately 9% of its gross domestic product, or approximately $150 billion, on healthcare annually, and has an excellent standard of medical care, administered through a mixed public and private payer system. In 2007, there were 1,271 hospitals in Italy, split approximately evenly between public and private hospitals. CytoSorb® is now marketed in 29 countries worldwide.

About Aferetica SRL

Founded by Mauro Atti and Stefano Rimondi, leaders with decades of experience in dialysis, intensive care, cardiology and medical devices in general, Aferetica is an Italian-based innovative start-up specializing in blood purification to provide the Health care system with systems for therapeutic apheresis to support special procedures like Organ Transplant and to treat critical illnesses such as sepsis, autoimmune diseases, and other illnesses caused by undesirable mediators. For more information, visit: http://www.aferetica.com

About CytoSorbents Corporation

CytoSorbents Corporation is a critical care focused immunotherapy company using blood purification to control severe inflammation -- with the goal of preventing or treating multiple organ failure in life-threatening illnesses. Organ failure is the cause of nearly half of all deaths in the intensive care unit, with little to improve clinical outcome. CytoSorb®, the Company's flagship product, is approved in the European Union and marketed in 29 countries around the world, as a safe and effective extracorporeal cytokine adsorber, designed to reduce the "cytokine storm" that could otherwise cause massive inflammation, organ failure and death in common critical illnesses such as sepsis, burn injury, trauma, lung injury, and pancreatitis. These are conditions where the risk of death is extremely high, yet no effective treatments exist. CytoSorb® is also being used during and after cardiac surgery to remove inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines and free hemoglobin, which can lead to post-operative complications, including multiple organ failure.

CytoSorbents' purification technologies are based on biocompatible, highly porous polymer beads that can actively remove toxic substances from blood and other bodily fluids by pore capture and surface adsorption. CytoSorbents has numerous products under development based upon this unique blood purification technology, protected by 32 issued US patents and multiple applications pending, including HemoDefend™, ContrastSorb, DrugSorb, and others. Additional information is available for download on the Company's website: http://www.cytosorbents.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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