WALTHAM, Mass., June 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BG Medicine, Inc. (BGMD), a company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cardiovascular diagnostics, announced today that Atherotech Diagnostics Lab (Atherotech) now offers galectin-3 testing services to its laboratory customers and physicians. To offer galectin-3 testing, Atherotech is using the BGM Galectin-3TM test, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2010, as an aid in assessing the prognosis of patients diagnosed with chronic heart failure. Launch of galectin-3 testing by Atherotech represents further expansion of the availability of galectin-3 testing to practicing physicians in the United States.
About BG Medicine, Inc.
BG Medicine, Inc. (BGMD) is a life sciences company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel cardiovascular diagnostics to address significant unmet medical needs, improve patient outcomes and contain healthcare costs. The Company's first commercialized product, the BGM Galectin-3TM test for use in patients with heart failure, is available in the United States and Europe. BG Medicine is also developing CardioSCORE, a blood test designed to identify individuals at high risk for near-term major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. For additional information about BG Medicine, heart failure and galectin-3 testing, please visit www.bg-medicine.com and www.galectin-3.com.
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About Atherotech Diagnostics Lab
Atherotech is a CLIA-certified clinical reference laboratory and cardiodiagnostic company focusing on cardiometabolic tests, including the company's patented VAP Cholesterol Test, which reports the cholesterol content of all lipids, components and subclasses. The VAP Test is the first cholesterol profile to comply with updated National Cholesterol Education Program ATP III recommendations for direct LDL measurement, which is accurate with non-fasting samples. The VAP Test is available through national and regional diagnostic laboratories and is reimbursed by many of the largest private insurers as well as Medicare. For more information, visit www.atherotech.com.
Michael W. Rogers
EVP & Chief Financial Officer