January 26, 2009 - FluoroPharma Inc., a company developing bolecular imaging agents for the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) market, said today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 7,438,891, covering methods of imaging cardiovascular plaque formation using F18 labeled 2-fluorodeoxy-D-glucose (FDG).
This patent, exclusively licensed from the Massachusetts General Hospital, provides FluoroPharma with additional patent claims that cover imaging of atherosclerotic plaque inflammation and rupture.
"The use of 18F-FDG PET for imaging atherosclerosis, for tracking inflammation within plaque and for monitoring the response to drug therapy is promising and should be part of future diagnostic armament," said David Elmaleh, M.D., FluoroPharma founder and chief scientific advisor.
"Molecular imaging of the inflammatory status of vulnerable atherosclerotic lesions is of paramount importance for the identification of patients at risk for a future heart attack or stroke," said Tom Brady, M.D., director of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging division at the MGH, "In vivo noninvasive clinical studies to measure carotid plaque inflammation show that 18F -FDG PET imaging can identify a subset of patients with carotid atherosclerosis that may benefit from intensified medical therapy or carotid artery intervention to prevent stroke."
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