Rochester, NY (PRWEB) April 19, 2011
iCardiac Technologies, Inc., a provider of next generation cardiac core lab services, announced today that it has received patent protection for its Beyond QT(sm) analysis methods for characterizing the cardiac safety of QT prolonging compounds.
“This patent award is a milestone achievement for iCardiac as we continue to successfully bring the next generation of analytics to the ECG market,” said Sasha Latypova, Executive Vice President. “Numerous pharmaceutical developers have already implemented Beyond QT into their clinical development programs and are using it, in combination with iCardiac’s suite of leading service offerings, for improving precision, accuracy and resource efficiency in global cardiac safety studies.”
In October 2005, the FDA introduced a new guidance for industry (ICH E14) requiring the evaluation of pro-arrhythmic potential of new drugs by measuring the QT segment of ECGs collected in clinical trials. The dissatisfaction among pharmaceutical developers with the poor precision, high rate of false positives/negatives and high cost of the manual or semi-automated QT measurements has lead to efforts toward providing more advanced cardiac safety analytics.
About iCardiac Technologies
iCardiac Technologies, Inc., provides drug development companies worldwide with the complete range of next generation cardiac safety core lab services. Its team of cardiac safety experts collectively bring over 100 years of cardiology, electrophysiology, drug development, regulatory and academic experience. The iCardiac team pioneered the field of Highly Automated QT evaluation as well as controlling for autonomic nervous system effects on the QT interval, a phenomenon estimated to produce false-positive results in conventional QT studies for as many as 25% of all molecules currently in clinical development. iCardiac’s services are supported by the COMPAS technology platform which maximizes the precision and decreases the cost of cardiac safety assessment from First-in-Human studies to Phase III studies. This suite of tools, which complies with the FDA’s ICH E14 QT/QTc guidance for Through QT Studies (TQT), was originally developed and validated at the University of Rochester’s Heart Research Follow Up Program (HRFUP), as well as in Pfizer’s Research and Development programs. iCardiac’s analytics have been used for over a decade in support of clinical trials.
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