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FluoroPharma Appoints Dr. H. William Strauss, Internationally Recognized Expert in the Field of Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine, to Chair the Scientific Advisory Board
|By Marketwired .
|April 14, 2014 07:27 AM EDT
MONTCLAIR, NJ--(Marketwired - April 14, 2014) - FluoroPharma Medical, Inc. (OTCQB: FPMI), a company specializing in the development of novel diagnostic imaging products that utilize positron emission tomography (PET) technology for the detection and assessment of disease before clinical manifestation, today announced that Dr. H. William Strauss has been appointed to chair the company's scientific advisory board.
Dr. Strauss currently serves as an Attending Physician Emeritus of the Molecular Imaging and Therapy Nuclear Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Memorial Hospital in New York City. He joined the Memorial Sloan Kettering/Cornell faculty and staff in 2001, following 30 years of faculty, clinical and research appointments in radiology at the medical schools and teaching hospitals of Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Stanford and Cornell University medical centers. For two years in the early 1990s, he also served as Vice President-Diagnostics Drug Discovery for Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Dr. Strauss is one of the pioneers in the field of cardiovascular nuclear medicine and is internationally recognized for his work in that area. He is a prolific researcher, a teacher, clinician and an author who has published eight books, including the Atlas of Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine and Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine (lst & 2nd Editions). He has more than 500 published original and invited articles and book chapters. He is a past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, former editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and sits on the editorial boards of that journal and six other publications. Dr. Strauss is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, fellow of the American College of Nuclear Physicians and the American College of Nuclear Medicine, and a life member of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.
"I'm very pleased that we were able to enlist Dr. Strauss, a renowned expert in cardiovascular nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, to chair our scientific advisory board," said Thijs Spoor, Chairman and CEO of FluoroPharma. "The background and experience of our scientific advisory board members is invaluable as we advance our lead product candidates into late stage clinical development. Today's announcement that Dr. Strauss will be lending his expertise to us by chairing our scientific advisory board underscores our commitment to providing better diagnostic tools that we believe will enable the global medical community to more accurately diagnose and treat disease at the earliest stage."
About FluoroPharma Medical
FluoroPharma is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of proprietary PET imaging products to evaluate cardiac disease at the cellular and molecular levels. The company has licensed technology from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The company's goal is to enable personalized medicine through precision diagnostics that will help the medical community diagnose disease more accurately at the earliest stages, leading to more effective treatment, management and better patient outcomes.
FluoroPharma's initial focus is the development of breakthrough PET imaging agents and is advancing two products in clinical trials for assessment of acute and chronic forms of coronary artery disease. These first in class agents have been designed to rapidly target myocardial cells. Other products in development include agents for detection of inflamed atherosclerotic plaque in peripheral arteries, agents with the potential to image brain tissue affected by Alzheimer's disease and agents that could potentially be used for imaging specific cancers.
In addition to the United States, Europe and China, patents related to FluoroPharma's portfolio of imaging compounds have been issued in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland, Portugal, Ireland and Mexico.
For more information on the company, please visit: www.fluoropharma.com
EDITOR'S NOTES: Two lead products in the FluoroPharma Pipeline
18F-FCPHA (CardioPET) is a modified fatty acid (MFA) that closely resembles naturally-occurring free fatty acids (FFAs) in the human body. FFAs are the major source of energy for healthy myocardium, where they are transported into the mitochondria and are then metabolized via beta-oxidation. CardioPET has completed Phase I studies where it was well tolerated and did not induce any adverse events or clinically significant deviations in laboratory values. The total radiation exposure was minimal and well within safety limits.
18F-FTTP (BFPET), a Fluorine-18 labeled tracer, has been designed to enter the myocardial cells in direct proportion to blood flow and cell membrane potential. These are two of the most important physiological indicators upon which adequate blood supply to the heart depends. BFPET has been designed to differentiate among those cells of the myocardium that may be ischemic or infarcted, and those that are healthy. Ischemic and infarcted cells should take up less BFPET than healthy myocardial cells. The signal emitted by BFPET should be inversely proportional to the extent of myocardial injury. Therefore, FluoroPharma believes that ischemic heart tissue can be reliably detected by using BFPET.
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are inherently unreliable and actual results may differ materially. Examples of forward looking statements in this news release include statements regarding FluoroPharma's research and development activities and anticipated operating results. Factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include such factors as significant fluctuations in expenses associated with clinical trials, failure to secure additional financing, the inability to complete regulatory filings with the Food and Drug Administration, the introduction of competing products, or management's ability to attract and maintain qualified personnel necessary for the development and commercialization of its planned products, and other information that may be detailed from time to time in FluoroPharma's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. FluoroPharma undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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