WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BG Medicine (Nasdaq:BGMD), a life sciences company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel diagnostics based on biomarkers, today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 7,888,137, entitled "Method For Identifying a Subject at Risk of Developing Heart Failure by Determining the Level of Galectin-3 or Thrombospondin-2" to the University of Maastricht. BG Medicine has an exclusive license to this issued patent, which pertains to galectin-3 testing for individuals at risk for heart failure. The patent term expires in 2026.
"This seminal patent is an important step towards our goal of obtaining broad patent coverage for galectin-3 testing in the area of cardiac disease," said Pieter Muntendam, MD, President and CEO of BG Medicine. "It has been a remarkable journey from the first discovery of dysregulated galectin-3 in an animal model of heart disease less than a decade ago to FDA clearance of the galectin-3 blood test for clinical use in 2010. We plan to aggressively expand our patent portfolio for this important medical innovation."
About BG Medicine
BG Medicine is a life sciences company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel diagnostics based on biomarkers to improve patient outcomes and contain healthcare costs. BG Medicine recently launched the galectin-3 test for use in patients with heart failure. The galectin-3 test is the first novel blood test for cardiac disease cleared by the FDA in five years. For additional information about BG Medicine and galectin-3 testing, please visit and .
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