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CryoLife Announces Implants of First FDA-Cleared SynerGraft(R) Processed Human Cardiac Patch Material
Date:8/18/2009

ATLANTA, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CryoLife, Inc., (NYSE: CRY) an implantable biological medical device and cardiovascular tissue processing company, today announced the first three implantations of the CryoPatch((R)) SG pulmonary human cardiac patch since FDA clearance. The surgeries were performed on pediatric patients at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI by Richard G. Ohye, M.D., associate professor of surgery, division head, pediatric cardiovascular surgery and pediatric cardiac surgeon, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center.

CryoPatch SG is the third tissue processed using CryoLife's SynerGraft technology platform to receive FDA clearance. The proprietary technology is designed to remove allogeneic donor cells and cellular remnants from tissue without compromising the integrity of the underlying collagen matrix.

"We are very excited that SynerGraft technology is now available in cardiac patch materials for our pediatric patients," said Dr. Ohye, "We are hopeful the special processing these patches undergo will lessen the body's reaction to them and prevent future complications associated with the currently available material."

"At CryoLife, our ongoing goal is to provide surgeons and their patients with innovative options that will enhance recovery and restore health," said Steven G. Anderson, CryoLife's president and chief executive officer. "The CryoPatch SG, part of our growing portfolio of SynerGraft products, is an important step toward that goal, as it may offer a tissue reconstruction material that mitigates many of the future health issues faced by children born with heart defects."

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