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SynCardia Posts Best Q1 in Company History

Total Artificial Heart Manufacturer Expects Attendance to Triple at Clinical Investigator Meeting for Freedom® Portable Driver at ISHLT

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 7, 2011 – SynCardia Systems, Inc., the privately-held manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced today that it set a new Q1 record in 2011, nearly doubling sales from its previous best Q1 in 2010.

"The company continues to pick up velocity and traction as we work to complete the FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption clinical study of the Freedom® portable driver," said SynCardia President Michael Garippa. "In Q1, we enrolled an additional 11 patients in the U.S., discharging 6. The Freedom driver, which is also CE approved in Europe, now accounts for more than 8 patient years of life powering the Total Artificial Heart worldwide."

During Q1 2011, SynCardia enrolled 12 new hospitals to its certification program, including Texas Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Texas Children's Hospital. Currently, there are 37 SynCardia Certified Centers around the world including 15 in the U.S. There are an additional 32 hospitals currently completing the certification process, 14 U.S. and 18 international.

On April 13, SynCardia is hosting a Clinical Investigator Meeting for the 13.5 lb Freedom driver, the first U.S. portable driver designed to power the Total Artificial Heart both inside and outside the hospital. SynCardia expects triple the attendance from its previous Clinical Investigator Meeting, including surgeons from several international hospitals. The event will be held during the 31st annual meeting of the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) in San Diego. 

In its March 2011 issue, Fast Company magazine named SynCardia #20 in its annual list of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies for "giving mobility to artificial heart recipients." Also in March, the longest running health and wellness series on public television, "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" produced a 30-minute program about SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart.

CAUTION – The Freedom driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.


About SynCardia Systems, LLC
SynCardia Systems, LLC in Tucson, Ariz., is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. For people suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure), the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is used as a bridge to transplant, helping them survive until a matching donor heart becomes available. SynCardia also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the temporary Total Artificial Heart and allows clinically stable patients to be discharged from the hospital to enjoy life at home while they wait for a heart transplant.

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Janelle Drumwright,, (520) 547-7463

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