SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart. The company was formed in 2001 by world-renowned heart surgeon Jack G. Copeland, MD, interventional cardiologist Marvin J. Slepian, MD, and biomedical engineer Richard G. Smith, MSEE, CCE, to commercialize the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart.
Regulatory approvals for the Total Artificial Heart:
European CE Mark: Sept. 10, 1999
FDA: Oct. 15, 2004
Health Canada: Oct. 27, 2005
70cc SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart
Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to transplant for patients suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of their heart (biventricular failure).
Similar to a heart transplant, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart replaces both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves, eliminating the symptoms and source of end-stage biventricular failure. Unlike a donor heart, the Total Artificial Heart is immediately available at SynCardia Certified Centers.
During the 10-year pivotal clinical study which resulted in FDA approval, 79% of near-death patients who received the Total Artificial Heart were bridged to transplant. This is the highest bridge-to-transplant rate of any approved device in the world.
HUD Designation for Permanent Use
In 2012, the FDA approved a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) designation for the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart to be used for destination therapy (permanent use) in addition to its current approval as a bridge to transplant.
The next step is for the FDA to approve a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) application for the 70cc Total Artificial Heart. Once approved, the HDE will allow up to 4,000 U.S. patients annually who are not transplant-eligible to receive the 70cc Total Artificial Heart on a permanent basis.
Freedom from the Hospital
In 2010, SynCardia introduced the Freedom® portable driver, the world’s first wearable power supply for the Total Artificial Heart. Weighing 13.5 pounds (~6 kg), the Freedom portable driver allows stable Total Artificial Heart patients who meet discharge criteria to wait for a matching donor heart at home and in their communities instead of in the hospital.
The Freedom portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe, FDA approved in the U.S. and Health Canada approved.
50cc Total Artificial Heart
The 50cc Total Artificial Heart is designed for use in patients of smaller stature, including women and adolescents, who have a Body Surface Area (BSA) between 1.2 and 1.79m². ›› learn more
Bridge to Transplant: SynCardia plans to conduct an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study of the 50cc Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant in the U.S.
HUD for Destination Therapy
The FDA has approved a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) designation for the 50cc Total Artificial Heart to be used for destination therapy. SynCardia plans to conduct an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study of the 50cc Total Artificial Heart for destination therapy in the U.S.
The Total Artificial Heart fulfills a role that no other mechanical circulatory support device can for patients in irreversible biventricular failure.”
Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS)
– July 31, 2008
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