MONTCLAIR, NJ--(Marketwired - December 19, 2013) - FluoroPharma Medical, Inc. (FPMI), a company specializing in the development of novel diagnostic imaging products that utilize positron emission tomography (PET) technology for the detection and assessment of disease before clinical manifestation, is pleased to announce that their Abstract has been accepted for oral presentation at the SNMMI winter meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American College of Nuclear Medicine. Data from FluoroPharma's ongoing Phase II clinical trial for CardioPET (18F FCPHA) to assess myocardial perfusion and fatty acid uptake in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients, will be presented at the meeting scheduled for February 6-9 in Palm Springs, CA.
CardioPET, one of FluoroPharma's first in class PET imaging products, is a perfusion and fatty acid uptake indicator, which is designed to be used as a cardiac imaging agent and may prove to be an effective alternative to currently available diagnostic tests. FluoroPharma believes its pharmacokinetic characteristics could be especially valuable in patients who are unable to exercise.
The ongoing Phase II clinical trial is an open label study designed to assess the safety and diagnostic performance of CardioPET as compared to currently utilized SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging agents and angiography, the current "gold standard." This multicenter study is being conducted in Belgium.
Thijs Spoor, Chairman and CEO of FluoroPharma, commented, "We are proud that our data will be presented at this prestigious event for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine. We believe that novel diagnostic imaging agents are urgently needed to provide healthcare professionals around the world with new products that expand and improve their diagnostic capabilities and contribute to earlier, more accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease, even before symptoms appear. Symptomatic coronary artery disease (CAD) affects millions of patients worldwide and accounts for a significant and increasing percentage of deaths."
About FluoroPharma Medical
FluoroPharma is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of proprietary PET imaging products to evaluate cardiac disease at the cellular and molecular levels. The company has licensed technology from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The company's goal is to enable personalized medicine through precision diagnostics that will help the medical community diagnose disease more accurately at the earliest stages, leading to more effective treatment, management and better patient outcomes.
FluoroPharma's initial focus is the development of breakthrough PET imaging agents and is advancing two products in clinical trials for assessment of acute and chronic forms of coronary artery disease. These first in class agents have been designed to rapidly target myocardial cells. Other products in development include agents for detection of inflamed atherosclerotic plaque in peripheral arteries, agents with the potential to image brain tissue affected by Alzheimer's disease and agents that could potentially be used for imaging specific cancers.
In addition to the United States, Europe and China, patents related to FluoroPharma's portfolio of imaging compounds have been issued in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland, Portugal, Ireland and Mexico.
For more information on the company, please visit: www.fluoropharma.com
CardioPET is a modified fatty acid (MFA) that closely resembles naturally-occurring free fatty acids (FFAs) in the human body. FFAs are the major source of energy for healthy myocardium, where they are transported into the mitochondria and are then metabolized via beta-oxidation. CardioPET has completed Phase I studies where it was well tolerated and did not induce any adverse events or clinically significant deviations in laboratory values. The total radiation exposure was minimal and well within safety limits.
About Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is a leading cause of death and disability globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that more than 17 million people have died from heart attack, angina pectoris (chest pain) or both. It is also estimated that by 2030, this number will almost double.
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this release are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are inherently unreliable and actual results may differ materially. Examples of forward-looking statements in this news release include statements regarding FluoroPharma's research and development activities and anticipated operating results. Factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include such factors as significant fluctuations in expenses associated with clinical trials, failure to secure additional financing, the inability to complete regulatory filings with the Food and Drug Administration, the introduction of competing products, or management's ability to attract and maintain qualified personnel necessary for the development and commercialization of its planned products, and other information that may be detailed from time to time in FluoroPharma's filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. FluoroPharma undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.