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  • networthdev networthdev Sep 10, 2013 10:35 AM Flag

    THOR & Penn State researchers create new version of heart pump

    Google article title if interested in complete article, "Penn State researchers create new version of heart pump"

    "The LVAD that the team developed is very small and, unlike most LVAD placements, does not require the surgeon to open the chest to insert it, he said.

    "It is small enough that you can insert it into the femoral artery in the thigh and deploy it into the heart," Kunz said. "Within minutes, the cardiologist can deploy [the LVAD] and unburden the heart so that it can begin to heal."

    Material scientist Rob Campbell helped create one of the most unique parts of the pump, which is a component that makes the device collapsible. The pump can retract into a small tube and then expand into the body, Campbell said."

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    • Networth

      This is THOR's PHP device that has been discussed every quarter so far.

      From THOR's Q2 2013 Transcript:

      With regard to HeartMate PHP, our acute percutaneous support system, Thoratec presented data from our successful Q1 first-in-man experience in Paraguay at SCAI and EuroPCR during the quarter. We're completing minor modifications to the device and are planning a second phase of pilot study work in Paraguay during the third quarter, and we remain on track for initiation of the CE Mark study which will target a high-risk PCI patient population in the fourth quarter of 2013. As for our regulatory plans in the U.S. market, we had a very productive meeting with FDA during the second quarter regarding our proposed PMA trial design. FDA is supportive of our desire to focus initially on investigating the potential benefit of PHP for patients in cardiogenic shock, recognizing the persistently high mortality rate in this patient population. We expect to finalize and submit an IDE in early 2014.

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