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First European Patients Treated With the Percutaneous MitraClip(R) System
Date:9/23/2008

operating on this type of patient is not feasible due to the high risk of mortality and post operative morbidity. Now there is another treatment option."

The MitraClip system is commercially available in Europe and the company has initiated training in support of the European launch. Five additional treatment centers are in the process of scheduling treatment of their first group of patients. These sites include Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, United Kingdom; Hospital San Rafaelle, Milan, Italy; Cardiovascular Center Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany; Ferratoto Hospital, Catania, Italy; Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

"These first procedures in Europe mark a significant milestone for people worldwide suffering from the serious effects of MR," said Ferolyn Powell, president and chief executive officer of Evalve. "The MitraClip system offers a new alternative to surgery for mitral valve repair which up until now was the only option to intervene. Oftentimes, patients in consultation with their doctors chose not to undergo surgery because of the associated risks and trauma."

About the MitraClip Procedure

Percutaneous mitral repair with Evalve's MitraClip device is performed by physicians in the catheterization laboratory. The heart beats normally during the procedure, and therefore does not require a heart-lung bypass machine. In addition to improving blood flow through the heart, the procedure may also relieve symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath that often affect patients with significant MR. After treatment, patients generally recover quickly. The MitraClip device may improve quality of life and may help MR patients avoid or delay surgery, having preserved surgical options (valve repair or replacement) should surgery become necessary.

About Evalve, Inc.

Founded in 1999, Evalve, Inc. -- headquartered in Menlo Park, California -- has developed a proprietary system which enables percutaneous repair o
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