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Dr. Cheng Chen, left, and Dr. Kenneth Jacobs, second from right, Bryent Tucker, Taylor Forbes and Dr. Xin-Hua Hu. (File Photos by Cliff Hollis)

For the first time, a company started by East Carolina University faculty members has received a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health.

RFPi, a Greenville medical device company, was awarded $1.49 million for continued development of technology that will be used to evaluate patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a subset of vascular disease that affects blood flow to the lower extremities.

Patients with PAD are at increased risk for heart attack or stroke; left untreated, the condition can lead to the loss of a leg. About 20 million patients in the United States have PAD.

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Originally published Oct. 9, 2019.

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