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Allied Minds and The George Washington University partner to form LuxCath LLC
Date:11/12/2012

This medical innovation, based on collaborative research by Drs. Marco Mercader, M.D., a cardiologist; Matthew Kay, D.Sc., a biomedical engineer; and Narine Sarvazyan, Ph.D., a physiologist, at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), has immediate groundbreaking potential in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (AF), the most common irregular heartbeat affliction in the U.S.

BOSTON/WASHINGTON The George Washington University (GW) and Allied Minds, Inc., a premier U.S. investment firm, are pleased to announce the formation of LuxCath LLC, a medical technology company that is developing real-time lesion visualization technology based on breakthrough research from the university.

LuxCath's technology for directly visualizing tissue and lesions in real time has initial application in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (AF). AF is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, in the U.S., affecting more than 2 million people, or about 1 in every 150 individuals. The relatively new but minimally invasive procedure used to restore the heartbeat to a normal pace, known as Radio Frequency Catheter Ablation (RFCA), optimally requires a real-time, lesion-identifying, direct visualization tool in order to be performed consistently, effectively, quickly and safely.

"We formed LuxCath to ensure that electrophysiologists are treating the right parts of the heart in atrial fibrillation patients quickly and effectively," said Dr. Omar Amirana, M.D., Managing Director for Life Sciences at Boston-based Allied Minds. "LuxCath's technology should significantly improve procedural outcomes for patients, speed up procedures, as well as minimize costly and burdensome follow-up re-treatments."

This medical innovation is based on collaborative research by Drs. Marco Mercader, M.D., a cardiologist at the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) and SMHS professor; Ma
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Contact: Anne Banner
abanner@gwu.edu
202-994-2261
George Washington University
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