Channel 11 Reports on Endothelix and its Cutting-Edge Heart Research in Collaboration with University of Houston

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Endothelix Inc., a Houston Technology Center Client, and its founder’s pioneering research were the focus of Houston’s Channel 11 Up Close this week. In its program, “Do you have a healthy heart?,” Houston’s CBS affiliate, presented local researchers who are leading an international collaborative effort to advance early detection and prevention of heart attack.

Endothelix Inc., a Houston Technology Center Client, and its founder’s pioneering research were the focus of Houston’s Channel 11 Up Close this week.

In its program, “Do you have a healthy heart?,” Houston’s CBS affiliate presented local researchers who are leading an international collaborative effort to advance early detection and prevention of heart attack.

The project, called Shape (Screening for Heart Attack Prevention and Education), is led by Dr. Morteza Naghavi and has received attention nationwide. Dr. Naghavi is the founder of Endothelix and a former director of the Vulnerable Plaque Research Center at the Texas Heart Institute and University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

The program also presented a prospective view of Endothelix’s low-cost, non-invasive VENDYS™ test, a new technology for screening vascular health by monitoring temperature changes at one’s fingertips.

The test works much like blood pressure measurement and measures vascular reactivity which is a surrogate marker of endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction is the gateway to cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke. Endothelix is positioned itself as the leading company dedicated to bring endothelial function monitoring to patient care.

“If independent tests prove the device effective, millions could be inexpensively checked for early signs of heart disease,” broadcast the station.

Endothelix has been recently named the recipient of a $1 million award by the State of Texas’s Emerging Technology Fund.

“We are proud to develop innovative technologies for preventive cardiology,” said Dr. Naghavi. “Prevention must come first. Treatment after the heart attack struck is like locking the barn door after the horse is stolen. Unfortunately, more than 50% of heart attack victims die within one hour."

Two of Endothelix collaborators at the University of Houston, Dr. Ralph Metcalfe, professor of biomedical engineering and Dr. Ioannis Kakadiaris, professor of computer science were also featured in the Channel 11 program. “Our collaboration with the Texas medical Center and Endothelix is very promising,” said Dr. Metcalfe.    

“For me it’s a personal mission, my mother died of a heart attack,” said Dr. Kakadiaris.

To view the Channel 11 Up Close, click on:

http://www.khou.com/news/upclose/stories/khou060822_cd_heartscreen10.26c583ce.html

About Endothelix

Endothelix is dedicated to bringing endothelial function measurement from research laboratories to the mainstream practice of medicine in a low-cost and operator-independent manner. Endothelial dysfunction is associated with several diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, renal failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. The immediate focus of the company is on early detection of cardiovascular disease and monitoring response to therapy. More information is available at http://www.endothelix.com.

About University of Houston

The University of Houston, Texas' premier public metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic, and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research insitution in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research, and service with more than 35,000 students.

The Computational Biomedicine Laboratory of UH is leading advanced cardiovascular imaging technologies aiming at early detection and prevention of heart disease. http://www.UH.edu

About Houston Technology Center

Houston Technology Center (HTC) is a business accelerator that assists Houston-based emerging technology companies in key sectors such as: Energy, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology and NASA-originated technologies. See http://www.houstontech.org for more information. http://www.HoustonTech.org

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