Texas Heart Institute gets $32M from patient, $1.14M for drug development

Houston-based Texas Heart Institute received a grant to develop a first-in-class drug for cardiovascular disease and received $32 million from a patient.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded the center $1.14 million to develop a better treatment for cardiovascular disease specifically for adverse events from atherosclerosis, according to an Aug. 22 center news release.

Texas Heart Institute also received $32 million from Frederick Weissman, MD, a neurologist from New York who was a patient of the center 40 years ago. The donation will be used to support cardiovascular research, Innovation Map reported Aug. 22.

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