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Terumo Heart, Inc.'s DuraHeart™ Left-Ventricular Assist System Featured at Future of Health Technology Summit
Date:10/6/2009

Leading health and technology experts gathered recently at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Faculty Club for The Future of Health Technology SummitSM to explore advanced medical technologies being used to save lives, reduce suffering and extend human potential. Among the featured presentations was "Artificial Heart--Past, Current and Future," by Alexander Medvedev, PhD., Vice President, Research & Development, Terumo Heart, who described the innovation behind the DuraHeart™ Left-Ventricular Assist System (LVAS), a next-generation medical device designed to help sustain at-risk patients awaiting heart transplant.

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) October 6, 2009 -- Leading health and technology experts gathered recently at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Faculty Club for The Future of Health Technology Summit™ to explore advanced medical technologies being used to save lives, reduce suffering and extend human potential. Among the featured presentations was "Artificial Heart--Past, Current and Future," by Alexander Medvedev, PhD., Vice President, Research & Development, Terumo Heart, who described the innovation behind the DuraHeart™ Left-Ventricular Assist System (LVAS), a next-generation medical device designed to help sustain at-risk patients awaiting heart transplant.

The DuraHeart LVAS is the first, third-generation rotary blood pump designed for long-term patient support that incorporates a centrifugal flow rotary pump with an active magnetically levitated impeller featuring three position sensors and magnetic coils that optimize blood flow, while minimizing device wear and tear. The DuraHeart LVAS is currently being studied in the DuraHeart Pivotal U.S. Trial for Bridge-to-Transplant, a multi-center, prospective, non-randomized study, involving 140 patients in up to 40 centers nationwide. The study will evaluate the safety and
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