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Georgia Bio honors biotech company that enables stroke care
Date:1/27/2012

Augusta, Ga. It was a "common sense" decision to start the company in a large, mostly rural state in the middle of the stroke belt.

"We wanted to give better stroke care," said Dr. David Hess, stroke specialist and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University. It was the year 2000 and Hess and his colleagues were frustrated that nearly five years after the first stroke medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration, patients were arriving at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center too late to get the clot-busting drug that could reduce their stroke damage.

"We had customers before we had a company," said Hess, a founder and Chairman of the Board of REACH Health, Inc., the six-year-old company that packaged the need for rapid stroke care with the emerging capabilities of the Internet to provide that care remotely.

The company received a 2012 Georgia Bio Community Award Jan. 26 for its significant contributions to Georgia's life sciences industry. Georgia Bio is a private, non-profit representing universities, medical centers, companies and others involved in developing products that improve the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment.

The first iteration of the system was assembled at MCG: a security camera on an intravenous pole that rolled alongside a computer on a cart. In late 2011, REACH rolled out its fourth iteration: a professionally assembled, sleek system that enables immediate access to a wider range of care, such as critical or cardiac care.

"Anywhere we have time-critical situations or a severe shortage of specialists, the REACH system can perform," said Richard E. Otto, the company's Chief Executive Officer. REACH has offices in Alpharetta, Ga., a center for health care information technology, as well as the Georgia Medical Center Authority in Augusta, a statewide authority to advance the life scien
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Contact: Toni Baker
tbaker@georgiahealth.edu
706-721-4421
Georgia Health Sciences University
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