Industry Insights - Heart Flow, Inc

Wednesday, December 12, 2012   12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Noninvasive Functional Assessment of Coronary Artery Disease

Wednesday, December 12th, 12:00-1:30pm
School of Medicine, Alway M106 Classroom
 Lunch will be served.

Presented by:
Charles A. Taylor, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Heartflow, Inc.
Consulting Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Sponsored by:
School of Medicine Career Center

Overview: Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide. Each year in the U.S. more than 6 million patients go to the Emergency room and there are 9 million physician’s office visits for patients with symptoms of heart disease. Restrictions in the coronary arteries resulting from atherosclerosis are the principal cause. The severity of these restrictions and their effect on blood flow to the heart are difficult to measure, yet this information is critical for treating patients. Currently, only invasive diagnostic cardiac catheterization, an expensive and risky procedure, can provide critical flow information through coronary arteries.  
Founder and CTO Charles A. Taylor will present a recent breakthrough in imaging technologies that could substantially reduce annual health care costs and save thousands of lives each year. Based on research funded by the NSF and NIH, HeartFlow, Inc. is able to analyze a patient’s coronary CT scan images and, using high performance computing and computational fluid dynamics, to solve for coronary blood flow and pressure. They have also created a service model whereby patient data is uploaded through a secure web browser, processed on-site using custom software to create coronary anatomic models and calculate coronary flow information and transmit physiologic results back to the ordering physician through a secure web browser. This seminar will address the significant improvements in diagnostic accuracy as compared to other noninvasive technologies that could benefit tens of millions of patients worldwide each year.

About the Speaker: Charles A. Taylor received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then joined the Engineering Physics Laboratory at GE Research & Development Center in Schenectady, New York. He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 and his M.S. Degree in Mathematics in 1992 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He entered the Ph.D. program in the Division of Applied Mechanics at Stanford in 1992 and earned his Ph.D. degree in 1996 under the direction of Thomas J.R. Hughes, Ph.D. and Christopher K. Zarins, M.D. for his work on finite element modeling of blood flow. Dr. Taylor joined the faculty at Stanford University in 1997 and developed an internationally recognized research program in the departments of bioengineering and surgery focused on the development of computer modeling and imaging techniques for cardiovascular disease research, device design and surgery planning. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and has 17 issued or pending patents. Dr. Taylor co-founded HeartFlow, Inc. in 2007 and left Stanford in August of 2011 to serve as HeartFlow’s Chief Technology Officer.

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Registration Open Until Wednesday, December 12, 2012