Blood test to diagnose heart attacks
Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2012 in the category Industry
Inventor: Hugo Katus
Invention: Blood test to diagnose heart attacks
Company: Roche Diagnostics
Together with Dr Klaus Hallermayer at Roche Diagnostics, German cardiologist Hugo Katus and his team at the University of Heidelberg developed a new type of blood test in 1994 which revolutionised the diagnosis of heart attacks ─ currently the leading cause of death worldwide. Their Troponin T antibody test brought a new level of accuracy to the detection of heart disease and is now the gold standard for cardiologists worldwide.
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