In our Company, we recognize the heroism and contributions of physicians every day. But on National Doctor's Day, we would like to pay a particular tribute to the dedication and life-saving role that doctors played and continue to play in our lives.
Modern healthcare would not be possible without the groundbreaking achievements by so many incredible individuals, starting with "The Father of Medicine" Hippocrates, whose Hippocratic Oath, founded between the fifth and the third centuries B.C., is still relevant today. Other notable physicians include Dr. Rene Laennec, who invented the stethoscope in 1816; Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell who, in 1849, was the first woman awarded a medical degree in the United States; Dr. Lee Crumpler, the first black female doctor in 1864; Dr. Paul Zoll, one of the pioneers in the development of the cardiac pacemaker in the 50s; Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig, who, in 1965, made history as the first female president of the American Heart Association, and, of course, Hein Wellens, whose clinical studies in 1972 served as the foundation for what is now known as the field of cardiac electrophysiology. For centuries, doctors have continued to seek the knowledge, innovation, and advancements that protect and treat the health of humanity.
This past year, we have been faced with the devasting COVID-19 pandemic. Watching our global healthcare community pushed beyond capacity to care for so many lives has been a testament to the sacrifices they make to secure our world's health.
We also owe a special thanks to those that have helped make our technological advancements into the reality of improving the lives of those that suffer from cardiac arrhythmia. Without their hard work, dedication, and clinical innovation, we, too, would not be here.
Thank you to the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI), an institution that played a critical role in the development and later clinical validation of the PURE EP™ System. Since then, more than ten of the Institute's leading physicians, including Dr. Andrea Natale and Dr. Joseph Gallinghouse, have been using our technology daily.
We are also grateful to our long-standing research and clinical collaborators from Mayo Clinic., in particular, Dr. Samuel J. Asirvatham, Dr. K.L. Venkatachalam, Dr. Christopher J. McLeod, and Dr. Fred Kusumoto for guiding us on our path from cutting-edge research to commercialization.
We further extend our thanks to all of our physician collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts General Hospital, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Overland Park Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and Houston Methodist Hospital for transforming cardiac arrhythmia care in some of the most challenging conditions imposed on them by the pandemic.
BioSig salutes all physicians. Because of you, we are a healthier organization and world.