Cerus Corporation is a biomedical products company engaged in developing and commercializing the INTERCEPT Blood System for blood safety. The Company's INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to target and inactivate blood-borne pathogens, such as viruses, including HIV, West Nile, SARS, hepatitis B and C; bacteria and parasites, as well as potentially harmful white blood cells, while preserving the therapeutic properties of platelet, plasma and red blood cell transfusion products. The Company has commercial rights for its INTERCEPT Blood System for three blood components: platelets, plasma and red blood cells. The INTERCEPT Blood System for platelets or platelet system and the INTERCEPT Blood System for plasma or plasma system are being marketed and sold in a number of countries, including the United States, certain countries in Europe, The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Middle East. The INTERCEPT Blood System for red blood cells is in development-stage.