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Cardica Receives European CE Mark for C-Port Flex A System for Use in Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Date:9/12/2007

s as small as one millimeter in internal diameter; and, can be used in either on- or off-pump CABG procedures. Importantly, the flexible shaft allows surgeons to position the device to create a secure connection even in difficult to reach areas of the heart. The Flex A received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March 2007.

"We believe the C-Port Flex A system brings us several steps closer to the possibility of performing truly minimally invasive cardiac surgery with significant benefits for the patient due to less trauma and a faster recovery time compared to a traditional open heart bypass procedure," stated Stefano Demertzis, M.D., Ph.D., senior cardiac surgeon at Cardiocentro Ticino in Lugano, Switzerland.

CABG Procedures and the Importance of Anastomoses

Coronary heart disease causes one out of every five deaths in the United States, making it the single largest killer of Americans. While other treatment alternatives exist, studies show that CABG surgery achieves the best long-term patient outcome for coronary heart disease as measured by survival rate and need for re-intervention. CABG procedures generally require approximately five anastomoses, often considered the most critical step of the surgery. The current predominant method of performing an anastomosis in a CABG procedure utilizes technically demanding, tedious and time-consuming hand-sewn sutures to connect a bypass graft vessel to the aorta and to small diameter coronary vessels.

About Cardica, Inc.

Cardica designs and manufactures automated anastomosis systems for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. By replacing hand-sewn sutures with easy-to-use automated systems, Cardica provides cardiovascular surgeons with the ability to perform rapid, reliable and consistently reproducible anastomoses, or connections of blood vessels, often considered the most critical aspect of the CABG procedure.

Cardica's C-Port(R) Distal Anastomosis Sy
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