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Cleveland Clinic Summits to Focus on Cardiovascular Medical Innovation

National Speakers and Panelists to Discuss Trends, Trials, and Innovation

in Cardiovascular Medicine at Upcoming Conferences

CLEVELAND, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland Clinic is hosting two upcoming Summits that will focus on medical innovation and emerging trends in cardiovascular medicine.

-- Oct. 1-3: Innovation is driving the development of new therapies,

treatments and devices to treat cardiovascular disease. The 5th annual

Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit will examine trends in

medical innovation and cardiovascular technologies. The Innovation

Summit is an international gathering of health care, business and media

leaders and other decision-makers to dissect advances revolutionizing

health care and how to accelerate the application of life-saving

medical technologies. Also featured will be the Cleveland Clinic's

annual selection of the "Top 10" health care innovations, live,

interactive surgeries and in-depth debates on industry challenges. For

more information on the Medical Innovation Summit, including the

agenda, please visit

-- Oct. 18-20: Cleveland Clinic Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, in

cooperation with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

and the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), will present

an advanced review of emerging medical and surgical treatments of heart

failure. The Summit, called the 21st Century Treatment of Heart

Failure, will feature presentations by leading names in cardiovascular

medicine and cardiac surgery. Topics will include: new therapies to

reverse remodeling; drugs, genes, and cellular targets; the newest

assist devices, with an update on the total artificial heart and rotary

pumps; the latest treatment guidelines; and breakthrough findings on

the epidemiology of systolic and diastolic heart failure.

The Summits will feature internationally recognized speakers and offer unparalleled insight into the driving forces in the world of medical innovation. Each will explore in detail, the blurring of traditional boundaries between medical industry segments and clinical specialties that is driving increased market consolidation, the emergence of new business models and the evolution of imaginative forms of collaboration.

CCF Innovations, the technology commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic, organizes the Medical Innovation Summit and stewards the Clinic's technology innovation strategy. It enhances product-oriented innovation throughout Cleveland Clinic and transforms promising therapies, devices and diagnostics into beneficial medical products, via spin-off companies, licensees and equity partnerships.

The Kaufman Center for Heart Failure facilitates Cleveland Clinic's participation in national and international clinical trials of investigational treatments and more aggressive or innovative uses of standard heart failure therapies. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and researchers collaborate on early diagnosis of congestive heart failure and more aggressive use of therapies to prevent myocardial damage.

Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute is the recognized world leader in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1995.

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2005, there were 2.9 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were nearly 54,000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2005. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is

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