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Michael Garippa Joins SynCardia as President
Date:7/8/2010

Former CEO of TandemHeart to Champion Sales, Clinical Support, Training and Marketing for World’s Only Approved Total Artificial Heart

(Vocus) July 8, 2010 -- SynCardia Systems, Inc. (www.syncardia.com), manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced today that Michael Garippa, the CEO and President of TandemHeart for the last 8 years, has left the company to become SynCardia’s new president. Rodger Ford will continue as SynCardia’s CEO, concentrating on business development, while Mr. Garippa focuses on sales, clinical support, training and marketing.

“Now that the Freedom™ portable driver is undergoing an FDA IDE clinical study in the U.S. and has received CE approval for use in Europe, stable Total Artificial Heart patients* are able to wait for a matching donor heart at home,” said Ford. “Michael’s experience will provide the launching pad SynCardia needs to serve more of the world’s top transplant centers and their patients.”

Mr. Garippa was recruited by TandemHeart in 2002 as a turnaround expert and stayed on as CEO and President. He took the company from an R&D firm that had lost an aggregate of $50 million and had no commercial sales to a successful company with over $6 million in net income in the past 24 months. The TandemHeart, which provides short-term extracorporeal circulatory support, is currently being used in more than 125 of the top cardiac centers in the U.S. as recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

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