Thoratec Announces First HeartMate III™ Human Implant And Start Of CE Mark Trial

  Thoratec Announces First HeartMate III™ Human Implant And Start Of CE Mark

PR Newswire

PLEASANTON, Calif., June 27, 2014

PLEASANTON, Calif., June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Thoratec Corporation
(NASDAQ: THOR), a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support
therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, said today that its CE
Mark Clinical Trial for HeartMate III™ commenced with the first patient
implanted with this new device.

"We are pleased to reach this significant clinical milestone with an important
pipeline product," said Gary F. Burbach, President and Chief Executive
Officer. "We are also excited about the potential for HeartMate III to
advance heart failure therapy, improve clinical outcomes and enhance the
patient experience," he added.

HeartMate III is a centrifugal-flow chronic left ventricular assist system.
The fully magnetically levitated technology foundation of HeartMate III is
designed to lower adverse event rates through improved hemocompatibility while
enhancing ease of surgical placement through a compact size.

The Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany performed the first human
implant of HeartMate III under the direction of surgeon Jan Schmitto, M.D.,
Ph.D. and Professor Axel Haverich M.D., chief of the Cardiothoracic,
Transplantation and Vascular Surgery Department at the Hannover Medical
School. "I am highly enthusiastic about the potential for HeartMate III based
on its elegant implant technique and the promise of improved clinical
outcomes," commented Dr. Schmitto. This implant marked the first patient
enrolled in the HeartMate III CE Mark Clinical Trial, which will enroll up to
50 patients at nine sites in Europe, Australia, and Canada. The study
includes a primary endpoint of six-month survival compared with estimated
mortality based on the Seattle Heart Failure Model.

In addition to the first implant performed by Dr. Schmitto in Hannover,
Germany, enrollment of the HeartMate III CE Mark Trial has also commenced at
the Vienna Medical University in Vienna, Austria with an implant under the
direction of Daniel Zimpfer M.D., Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support
and Professor Gunther Laufer M.D., Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery.
"We are very pleased to participate in this important study that will help to
advance the field of mechanical circulatory support with next generation LVAD
technology from Thoratec," said Dr. Zimpfer.

Thoratec is a world leader in therapies to address advanced-stage heart
failure. The company's products include the HeartMate II and HeartMate III
LVAS (Left Ventricular Assist Systems) and Thoratec® VAD (Ventricular Assist
Device) with more than 20,000 devices implanted in patients suffering from
heart failure. Thoratec also manufactures and distributes the CentriMag® and
PediMag®/PediVAS® product lines. Thoratec is headquartered in Pleasanton,
California. For more information, visit the company's website at

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SOURCE Thoratec Corporation

Contact: Neil Meyer, Director of Investor Relations, Thoratec Corporation,
(925) 738-0029
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