Fast Company Magazine Names SynCardia #20 Among World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies

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SynCardia, Manufacturer of the World’s Only Approved Total Artificial Heart, Honored Along with Apple, Twitter, Google and Intel

For 2011, Fast Company magazine named SynCardia #20 among the world's Most Innovative Companies.

These companies embody what unleashing human potential can accomplish.

SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced today that it has been named No. 20 in Fast Company’s annual list of the world’s Most Innovative Companies. Described as a “rising newcomer,” SynCardia joins major brands including Apple, Twitter, Google and Intel in Fast Company’s Top 50.

“Innovation has never been more important to our economy and our future,” said Fast Company editor Robert Safian. “These companies embody what unleashing human potential can accomplish.”

Fast Company selected SynCardia for “giving mobility to artificial heart recipients”. Historically, U.S. Total Artificial Heart patients have been confined to the hospital while they wait for a matching donor heart because the only FDA-approved driver for powering the Total Artificial Heart weighs 418 lbs.

However, in 2010, SynCardia received FDA approval to conduct an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study of the Freedom® portable driver. Weighing 13.5 lbs, the Freedom driver is the first U.S. portable driver designed to power the Total Artificial Heart both inside and outside the hospital. The Freedom driver is intended to allow stable Total Artificial Heart patients to be discharged from the hospital to wait for a matching donor heart at home and in their communities. So far, 22 Total Artificial Heart patients around the world have been supported by the Freedom driver, which is CE approved for use in Europe.

With more than 900 implants, SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart is the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. Originally used as a permanent replacement heart, SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart is currently approved as a bridge to transplant for patients dying from end-stage heart failure of both ventricles (biventricular failure).

Fast Company’s editorial team evaluated thousands of businesses across the globe to create the World’s Most Innovative Companies issue, which is on newsstands beginning February 22, and available online at http://www.fastcompany.com/MIC. To view the SynCardia page visit http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2011/profile/syncardia.php.

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