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CytoVas And BD Biosciences Ink Alliance To Co-Develop Personalized Diagnostic For Vascular Health
Date:4/25/2013

tor Program, an initiative designed to speed the investigation and development of products to help people with cardiovascular disease.

"In the current landscape, it's not easy for research discoveries to forge a rapid path toward patient benefit," said Dr. Moore, a world-renowned expert in flow cytometry, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Director of Clinical and Research Flow Cytometry at the Perelman School of Medicine. "The partnership with BD is a promising step in bridging the gap from research to patients for this potentially life-saving diagnostic."  

The partnership enables CytoVas to investigate the Vascular Health Profile's capacity to assess cardiovascular disease progression, as well as the cardiovascular-related efficacy and side effect profiles of existing and experimental medicines.  The Company already has studies underway with several therapies to that end.

"I believe the VHP will become instrumental in guiding treatment decisions by helping us understand what is happening – in real time – at the actual site of a patient's atherosclerotic plaque, the endothelium," said Noel Warner , PhD, Worldwide Vice President, Scientific Affairs, BD Biosciences.  "This could be instrumental in guiding clinical treatment as well as aiding industry as a biomarker or companion diagnostic for therapeutic innovation." 

"For the American healthcare system, the Vascular Health Profile is a potential game-changer," said Ross Tonkens , a cardiologist and head of the American Heart Association's Science & Technology Accelerator Fund.  "This test not only offers the promise of identifying symptom-free individuals at high risk, but could also assess the effectiveness of new therapies to prevent heart attack and stroke."

Cytovas and BD expect their current strategic alliance to run for at least two years, at the end of which
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