PhotoThera, Inc. -- A Top Gun Takes Aim at Strokes
11/15/2007 6:42:14 AM
Jackson Streeter left his dream job as a fighter pilot to tackle the second leading cause of death. Dr. Jackson Streeter once held the ultimate cool job. In the mid-1990s he was the first medical doctor to be a pilot in the elite U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, more commonly known as TOPGUN—the same group immortalized by Tom Cruise in the 1986 movie. Streeter, now 46, had wanted to join ever since high school. Nevertheless, he gave it all up in May, 1997, to start a company, Carlsbad (Calif.)-based PhotoThera, built around an unlikely laser therapy he learned about from an obscure Hungarian medical journal. Streeter has placed his hopes on an experimental device that, despite its high-tech underpinnings, looks a bit like a hair dryer. His goal is to crack one of medicine's toughest problems: protecting the brain during a stroke. Read full article below.
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