Navigation Links
Edwards Lifesciences Announces First Human Implants of Next-Generation Transcatheter Heart Valve

IRVINE, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the world leader in the science of heart valves, today announced the first three human implants of the next-generation Edwards transcatheter aortic heart valve, performed by John Webb, M.D., director of the cath lab and cardiac intervention at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Edwards is proud to extend our leadership in this transformational technology with this important development in our transcatheter heart valve program," said Larry L. Wood, Edwards' corporate vice president, transcatheter valve replacement. "We expect to initiate a clinical trial of this new valve in Europe before the end of the year."

Edwards' next-generation balloon-expandable pericardial tissue valve features a cobalt chromium alloy frame that reduces the profile by four to five French. This enables easier access into and within the patient's vasculature for delivery of the valve without open-heart surgery. The new valve will also be offered in additional sizes and builds upon Edwards' more than 20 years of clinical experience and innovation with the most advanced tissue engineering technologies.

"This is a very exciting milestone in the progression of minimally-invasive valve therapy. The refinements to the new Edwards valve provide the opportunity to make the transcatheter technology available to an even broader group of patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis," said Webb, who along with his multidisciplinary team has performed more than 150 transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures. "Providing patients and clinicians with a comprehensive selection of treatment options, including this new valve, can increase the likelihood that these very ill patients will seek and find appropriate treatment."

Edwards is the only company currently engaged in a U.S. clinical trial of a transcatheter aortic heart valve. The Edwards SAPIEN valve with both the RetroFlex transfemoral and Ascendra transapical delivery systems is being evaluated in the PARTNER (Placement of AoRTic traNscathetER valves) pivotal trial for U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

"We estimate that for every patient who receives an aortic valve replacement, there is another who goes untreated; half of these untreated patients with severe symptoms will die within two years," said Craig Smith, M.D., chief of the division of cardiothoracic surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the co-principal investigator for the U.S. PARTNER trial. "Soon physicians will be able to treat virtually all high-risk aortic stenosis patients with transcatheter valves, delivered transapically or transfemorally, as we continue to carefully study the long-term performance of this technology."

About Edwards Lifesciences

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Edwards treats advanced cardiovascular disease with its market-leading heart valve therapies, and critical care and vascular technologies. In 2008, Edwards celebrates 50 years of partnering with clinicians to develop life-saving innovations. The company's global brands, which are sold in approximately 100 countries, include CardioVations, Carpentier-Edwards, Cosgrove-Edwards, FloTrac, Fogarty, PERIMOUNT Magna and Swan-Ganz. Additional company information can be found at

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the timing and progress of clinical studies relating to the company's transcatheter valve technologies and the market opportunity for transcatheter technologies. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by management of the company and are believed to be reasonable, though they are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements are detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

Edwards, Edwards SAPIEN and RetroFlex are trademarks of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. Edwards Lifesciences, the stylized E logo, Ascendra, CardioVations, Carpentier-Edwards, Cosgrove-Edwards, FloTrac, Fogarty, PERIMOUNT Magna and Swan-Ganz are trademarks of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation and are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

SOURCE Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Edwards Lifesciences Announces Organizational Changes
2. Edwards Lifesciences to Present at the Merrill Lynch Global Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology & Medical Device Conference
3. Edwards Lifesciences to Host Earnings Conference Call on February 5, 2008
4. Edwards Lifesciences Receives FDA Approval to Add Transapical Delivery System to U.S. Clinical Trial of Transcatheter Heart Valve
5. Edwards Lifesciences Completes Acquisition of CardioVations Product Line
6. Edwards Lifesciences Forecasts Strong Growth in 2008
7. Marshall Edwards, Inc. to Present at BIO Investor Forum 2007
8. Medarex to Present at the A.G. Edwards 2nd Annual Emerging Growth Conference
9. Edwards Lifesciences Grants UC Irvine $5 Million to Establish the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology
10. Bionovo to Present at A.G. Edwards 2nd Annual Emerging Growth Conference 2007
11. Favrille to Present at AG Edwards Emerging Growth Conference and Wall Street Analyst Forum
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 24, 2015 , ... The United ... recipient of the 2016 USGA Green Section Award. Presented annually since 1961, the USGA ... his or her work with turfgrass. , Clarke, of Iselin, N.J., is ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... Copper is an essential micronutrient that ... proteins, copper is also toxic to cells. With a $1.3 million award from ... conduct a systematic study of copper in the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... --> --> ... Synthesis Market by Product & Services (Primer, Probe, Custom ... RNAi), End-User (Research, Pharmaceutical & Biotech, Diagnostic Labs) - ... is expected to reach USD 1,918.6 Million by 2020 ... of 10.1% during the forecast period. Browse ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , November 24, 2015 ... market research report released by Transparency Market Research, the ... at a CAGR of 17.5% during the period between ... Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Volume, Share, Growth, ... non-invasive prenatal testing market to reach a valuation of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:11/17/2015)... , Nov. 17, 2015  Vigilant Solutions announces today ... its Board of Directors. --> ... recently retiring from the partnership at TPG Capital, one ... with over $140 Billion in revenue.  He founded and ... all the TPG companies, from 1997 to 2013.  In ...
(Date:11/12/2015)... Mass. , Nov. 12, 2015  Arxspan ... Institute of MIT and Harvard for use of ... discovery information management tools. The partnership will support ... both biological and chemical research information internally and ... will be used for managing the Institute,s electronic ...
(Date:11/10/2015)... , Nov. 10, 2015 ... behavioral biometrics that helps to identify and verify ... Signature is considered as the secure and accurate ... identification of a particular individual because each individual,s ... accurate results especially when dynamic signature of an ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):