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First Swiss Patients Treated with the Percutaneous MitraClip(R) System
Date:3/10/2009

ty of life of these patients. Now with percutaneous mitral valve repair, I am confident we can expand our treatment possibilities to many of our Swiss heart failure patients."

Evalve initiated commercial sales of the MitraClip(R) system in Europe under the CE Mark in September 2008. The company is employing a direct sales strategy and is taking a disciplined and measured approach to the initial commercial roll out. The company has worked closely with hospitals to deliver high quality training programs in preparation for the first series of implants. The MitraClip(R) device is now currently being implanted in five countries, including Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and now Switzerland.

"We are very pleased to see the successful initial use of the MitraClip device in Switzerland at this important cardiac center," said Ferolyn Powell, president and chief executive officer of Evalve. "The functional MR heart failure patient continues to be the fastest growing segment of the population undergoing treatment with the MitraClip(R) system and the initial commercial results in this population are very encouraging."

About the MitraClip(R) Procedure

Percutaneous mitral repair with Evalve's MitraClip(R) 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(R) 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.

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