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InfraReDx's LipiScan(TM) Coronary Imaging System for Identification of Lipid Core Plaque to be Highlighted at 59th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology
Date:3/10/2010

BURLINGTON, Mass., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- InfraReDx, Inc., an innovative medical device company focused on developing novel diagnostic imaging technologies to accurately identify and characterize diseased intracoronary tissues, today announced that the Company's LipiScan™ Coronary Imaging System will be highlighted in multiple sessions during the 59th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The meeting, named ACC.10 and i2 Summit, is being held from March 14 – 16, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  In addition to several oral presentations featuring LipiScan, InfraReDx has organized a "Meet the Experts" series of discussions at the Company's booth (#254) in which leading cardiologists will highlight LipiScan's capabilities in identifying and characterizing lipid core (fatty) plaque.

InfraReDx's LipiScan near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy catheter is the only FDA-cleared product to detect and assess the intracoronary composition of lipid core plaque, which cannot be detected by commonly used diagnostic tests such as treadmill exams and coronary angiograms. Lipid core-containing plaque (LCP) is believed to be "vulnerable plaque" that can rupture and form dangerous blood clots leading to coronary thrombosis. LCP is widely considered to be responsible for a significant number of stenting procedure complications and is believed to be the primary cause of acute coronary events, the leading cause of death in the developed world.

"One of the biggest challenges facing interventional cardiologists today is the ability to detect vulnerable coronary and fatty plaques," said Brijeshwar S. Maini, M.D., F.A.C.C, co-chair cardiovascular research, Pinnacle Health at Harrisburg Hospital. "As a result of improved imaging and diagnostic capabilities, however, physicians can now be armed with that information and are able to make important advances and improvements in patient care. This year's ACC meeting provides us with a great opportunity to interact with our colleagues, share key learnings and discuss important steps forward."

"We are pleased to be working so closely with these world renowned cardiology experts and leaders as they strive to improve patient care and we advance our LipiScan coronary imaging system," said James E. Muller, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of InfraReDx. "Through our close collaborations with these physicians and specialists, we are continuing to increase our working knowledge, enhance our LipiScan system and, ultimately, to significantly improve the imaging capabilities for interventional cardiologists and their patients. We are looking forward to a productive conference and many lively discussions at our booth about advancing the current standard of cardiac care."

The schedule of scientific sessions and "Meet the Experts" discussions to feature LipiScan is as follows.

ACC Scientific Sessions Highlighting LipiScan™ Coronary Imaging System:

Sunday, March 14:

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m., Session #2092, Room B310

Session title: Imaging and Vulnerable Plaque

Presentation title: Association of Large Lipid Core Plaque Detected by Near Infrared Spectroscopy with Post Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Myocardial Infarction

Presenter: Brijeshwar S. Maini, M.D., F.A.C.C, co-chair cardiovascular research, Pinnacle Health at Harrisburg Hospital

Tuesday, March 16

10:30 a.m. – Noon, Session #2629, Room B310

Session title: Vulnerable Plaque Update

Presentation title: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Presenter: James Goldstein, M.D., director of research and education, Division of Cardiology, William Beaumont Hospital

InfraReDx "Meet The Experts" series:

Sunday, March 14:

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m., Exhibit Hall: Morning Break

"Increased Lipid Core Plaque in Women Undergoing Stenting"

Expert: James E. Muller, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of InfraReDx

Noon – 1:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall: ACC Lunch & Learn

"Lipid Core Plaque Modification"

Expert: Brijeshwar S. Maini, M.D., F.A.C.C, co-chair cardiovascular research, Pinnacle Health at Harrisburg Hospital

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall: ACC Lunch & Learn

"LipiScan™ Clinical Experience; Identification of Bifurcation Lesions at Risk of Compromise"

Expert: Giora Weisz, M.D., director of clinical research, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m., Exhibit Hall: Poster Hour

"Pick the Peri-Stenting MI"

Expert: James E. Muller, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of InfraReDx

Monday, March 15:

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m., InfraReDx Booth # 254

"Multi-Modality Imaging"

Expert: James E. Muller, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of InfraReDx

Noon – 1:00 p.m., InfraReDx Booth #254

"Stent Length Placement & Distal Embolization"

Expert: James Goldstein, M.D., director of research and education, Division of Cardiology, William Beaumont Hospital

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m., InfraReDx Booth #254

"Peri-Stenting MI"

Expert: Emmanouil S. Brilakis, M.D., Ph.D., director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, Dallas VA Medical Center

3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m., InfraReDx Booth #254

"PROSPECT Trial and the Vulnerable Plaque"

Expert: James E. Muller, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of InfraReDx

Tuesday, March 16

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m., InfraReDx Booth #254

"Vulnerable Blood & Vulnerable Plaque; Coagulation Profiling & Plaque Morphology

Characterization"

Expert:  Paul A. Gurbel, M.D., director of cardiovascular research, Center for Thrombosis Research, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Noon – 1:00 p.m., InfraReDx Booth # 254

"Advances in Intra-coronary Imaging in the Past Year - NIR, IVUS, OCT and Others"

Expert: James E. Muller, M.D., founder and chief executive officer of InfraReDx

About ACC.10 and i2 Summit 2010

The Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) is the largest and foremost cardiovascular meeting, offering attainable, reliable and applicable learning solutions that help cardiovascular professionals turn knowledge into practice that saves and improves lives. The Annual Scientific Session delivers timely medical education leveraging innovative need-based learning methods. Together, ACC.10 and i2 Summit 2010 embody the College's vision of building meetings with innovative solutions that assist the faculty to teach and audiences to learn.  For more information, visit http://acc10.acc.org/Pages/ACC2010Home.aspx.

About InfraReDx, Inc.

InfraReDx, Inc., headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, is a privately-funded medical device company founded in 1998 and focused on intravascular characterization of disease in the coronary arteries. InfraReDx is the maker of the LipiScan™ system, a novel near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy catheter that can detect the lipid core coronary plaques suspected to cause most heart attacks and known to complicate stenting procedures. For more information, visit www.infraredx.com.  

    
    
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