SynCardia Wins Two Best in Biz Awards and a Copper Cactus Award for Innovation

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Best in Biz awards include: Product of the Year – Gold Winner, Executive of the Year – Silver Winner.

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Michael Garippa, SynCardia Chairman/CEO/President, was honored as the Silver winner for “Executive of the Year” by the 2012 Best in Biz Awards.

SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that it has been honored with three awards in November.

Best in Biz Awards, announced Nov. 12

  •     Best New Product of the Year

Gold Winner: Freedom® portable driver
The Freedom portable driver is the world’s first wearable power supply for the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. Weighing 13.5 pounds, 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.

  •     Executive of the Year

Silver Winner: Michael Garippa, SynCardia Chairman/CEO/President
Although many companies in the mechanical circulatory support industry are struggling to be profitable, SynCardia’s implants, revenue and profit for the first 9 months of 2012 have exceeded the company's best 12-month totals to date. In 2012, SynCardia is on track to achieve nearly 500% growth over 2009 thanks to Mr. Garippa’s leadership.

Winners were selected from more than 400 entries by an independent panel of 32 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, broadcast outlets and analyst firms, including ABC, Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Forbes, FOX News and USA Today.

Copper Cactus Awards, announced Nov. 13

  •     Nextrio Innovation through Technology Winner

As part of the Copper Cactus Awards presented by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, SynCardia was honored for exceptional innovation through technology for its Freedom portable driver.

Since 2011, SynCardia has been honored with more than a dozen prestigious awards for its accomplishments in the fields of business, medicine and technology, including being ranked #20 among the "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" by Fast Company Magazine and among "America's Most Promising Companies" by Forbes Magazine.

The Freedom portable driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S.

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

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About the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart

SynCardia Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ) is the privately-held manufacturer of 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 people dying from end-stage biventricular heart failure. There have been more than 1,000 implants of the Total Artificial Heart, accounting for more than 270 patient years of life.

Similar to a heart transplant, SynCardia's 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. It is the only device that provides immediate, safe blood flow of up to 9.5 liters per minute through each ventricle. This high volume of safe blood flow helps speed the recovery of vital organs, helping make the patient a better transplant candidate.

SynCardia Wins Two Gold Stevies® at 2012 American Business Awards

On June 18, 2012, SynCardia 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." See the full list of SynCardia Awards & Recognition, which includes accolades from Forbes, Fast Company and more.

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