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Thoratec Announces Acquisition of Innovative Catheter-Based Heart Pump Technology
Date:1/25/2010

nt program. As we move toward expected commercialization in the next several years, we anticipate our clinical, regulatory and market development capabilities will help us achieve regulatory approval and commercial adoption of this technology," he added.

Known as PHP (Percutaneous Heart Pump), the device is an axial flow pump which is inserted through an 11 French introducer sheath that is expandable to 21 French, with an elastomeric, collapsible impeller and cannula that is driven by an external motor via a flexible drive shaft. In a laboratory setting, the device has generated greater than 4.5 liters per minute of flow against normal physiological pressures.

"We already have a very robust product pipeline that includes continued enhancements to our HeartMate II® platform, including the recently announced smaller version of the HeartMate II, and our fully magnetically levitated HeartMate® III. This transaction provides a unique opportunity to develop a device that complements and expands upon our existing MCS offerings," Burbach said.

Thoratec is a world leader in therapies to address advanced-stage heart failure. The company's product lines include the Thoratec® VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) and HeartMate LVAS (Left Ventricular Assist System) with more than 15,000 devices implanted in patients suffering from heart failure. Additionally, its International Technidyne Corporation (ITC) Division is a leader in point-of-care blood testing and skin incision products. Thoratec is headquartered in Pleasanton, California. For more information, visit the company's web sites at http://www.thoratec.com or

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