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Edwards Lifesciences Celebrates 50 Years of Life-Saving Innovations
Date:4/3/2008

- Chairman and CEO Honors the Anniversary by Ringing The Closing Bell(R) at

the NYSE on April 4 -

IRVINE, Calif., April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), a world leader in products and technologies to treat advanced cardiovascular disease, today announced its 50th anniversary of partnering with clinicians to develop life-saving innovations. To celebrate its five decades of innovation and success, and eight years as an independent company, Michael A. Mussallem, Edwards' chairman and CEO, will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) tomorrow afternoon to ring The Closing Bell(R), signaling the end of the trading week. A live webcast of The Closing Bell(R) will be available at http://www.nyse.com beginning at 3:55 p.m. EDT on April 4, 2008.

Edwards' 50-year history dates back to 1958, with the development of the first commercially available artificial heart valve by Miles "Lowell" Edwards and Dr. Albert Starr. The company built on this legacy by innovating a number of other pioneering products including the first -- and only -- biomechanically engineered tissue heart valve; the first heart valve repair ring; the first embolectomy catheter to remove obstructions in blood vessels; the first pulmonary artery catheter, which established the foundation for hemodynamic monitoring; and more recently, the first "beating heart" transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

"We take great pride in our 50-year heritage of working as trusted partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies that transform patient care," said Mussallem. "We believe Lowell Edwards would be very proud of the company that bears his na
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