SynCardia Honored with Two Gold Stevie® Awards
at the 2012 American Business AwardsSM
Total Artificial Heart Manufacturer Recognized as "Company of the Year – Health Products & Services"
and "Most Innovative Company of the Year – up to 100 Employees"
TUCSON, Ariz. – June 20, 2012 – On June 18, SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, was honored with two Gold Stevie® Awards at the 10th Annual American Business Awards. SynCardia won "Company of the Year – Health Products and Services" and "Most Innovative Company of the Year – up to 100 Employees."
"We are honored to be recognized as an industry leader by the nation's premier business awards program," said Michael Garippa, SynCardia Chairman/CEO/President. "With donor hearts in short supply, the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart powered by the Freedom® portable driver is rapidly becoming the new standard of care for end-stage biventricular (both ventricles) heart failure."
On April 24, SynCardia completed the minimum enrollment required by its FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study of the Freedom portable driver, the world's first wearable power supply for the Total Artificial Heart. Weighing 13.5 pounds, the Freedom portable driver is designed to allow stable Total Artificial Heart patients who meet discharge criteria to leave the hospital and resume their lives at home while they wait for a matching donor heart. The Freedom driver, which is also CE approved for use in Europe, has supported more than 85 patients worldwide, accounting for more than 30 patient years of support.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for "crowned," the trophies were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on Monday, June 18 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. More than 500 nominees and their guests attended. The presentations were broadcast live by the Business TalkRadio Network. More than 3,000 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration.
CAUTION – The Freedom® portable driver is an investigational device, limited by United States law to investigational use.
SynCardia Systems, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona is the privately-held owner and manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart for use as a bridge to transplant for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure in which both ventricles can no longer pump enough blood for a person to survive.
More than 1,350 implants of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart accounts for over 400 patient years of life on the device. Since January 2011 more than 400 SynCardia Hearts have been implanted.
The youngest patient to receive a SynCardia Heart was 9 years old; the oldest was 76 years old. The longest a patient has lived with a SynCardia Heart was nearly four years (1,374 days) before receiving a successful donor heart transplant Sept. 11, 2011.
SynCardia Systems also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the SynCardia Heart while allowing clinically stable patients to leave the hospital to live at home and in their communities. The wearable Freedom driver has been used by more than 200 patients, accounting for over 120 years of support