PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- CardioDx, a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company, announced today the appointment of Louis G. Lange, M.D., Ph.D., as Chairman of the company's Board of Directors. CardioDx recently launched Corus(TM) CAD, the first and only gene expression test to quantify the likelihood of obstructive(1) coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with stable chest pain.
"Dr. Lange brings an ideal perspective to CardioDx as both a cardiologist and businessman who co-founded and cultivated a successful cardiovascular business," said David Levison, chief executive officer of CardioDx. "His clinical cardiology expertise, commercialization experience and firsthand understanding of diagnostics will serve as a great resource for the company as more physicians integrate Corus CAD into their daily practice."
Dr. Lange has over 20 years' experience in medicine at Harvard University and Washington University, where he served as Chief of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine at Jewish Hospital and was one of the first academicians in molecular cardiology. Most recently, Dr. Lange founded CV Therapeutics, Inc., where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1992 to 2009, overseeing the successful commercialization of a product portfolio solely focused on cardiovascular health. Dr. Lange led the company's success through its sale in 2009 to Gilead for $1.4B. Dr. Lange also sits on the boards of Maxygen, Metabolex and Synecor.
"I'm excited to join the Board of Directors of CardioDx as Chairman to help broaden adoption of Corus CAD, a groundbreaking blood-based test that helps office-based physicians more effectively assess obstructive CAD before more invasive testing may be necessary," said Dr. Lange. "I believe that Corus CAD signals the emergence of a new era in convenient and safe cardiovascular genomic diagnostics and will be of great use to all physicians who see chest pain patients on a daily basis."
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