CLEVELAND, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- JumpStart Ventures , which invests in and partners with innovative, early-stage companies in Northeast Ohio, announced an investment commitment of $250,000 in drug development company ChanRx. The two-year-old company is developing a pharmaceutical compound to treat atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that affects two million Americans, with 200,000 new cases being diagnosed each year.
Atrial fibrillation is characterized by an irregular beating of the heart caused by misfiring of electrical impulses. The abnormal contracting causes decreased cardiac function, raising the risk of stroke and heart failure. An oral form of ChanRx's anti-arrhythmia drug, called Vanoxerine, has already demonstrated its ability to restore normal heart rhythm in a human clinical study. The study also showed an improved safety