EDEN PRAIRIE, MN and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - Sunshine Heart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSH) (ASX: SHC), a global medical device company focused on innovative technologies for moderate heart failure, today announced it has received the 2012 North American Heart Failure Treatment New Product Innovation Award. This award highlights the innovation and potential value of Sunshine Heart's flagship C-Pulse® Heart Assist System.
"Capable of delivering treatment without contact of blood, the implantable C-Pulse Heart Assist system represents a truly novel approach into the treatment paradigm for heart failure patients," said Venkat Rajan, Industry Manager for Medical Devices at Frost & Sullivan.
Frost & Sullivan's "New Product Innovation Award" is presented annually to the company that has demonstrated excellence in the following categories: innovative element of the product, value added features/benefits, increased customer ROI and customer acquisition/penetration potential. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
"We are honored to be recognized by Frost & Sullivan for our innovative progress toward the treatment of moderate to severe heart failure," said Jim Yearick, Vice President of Marketing & Sales of Sunshine Heart. "As we continue to make great strides in the development and enhancement of our C-Pulse® system, we aim to be the first effective treatment specific to Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure. With our U.S. investigational device pivotal trial on the immediate horizon, and having achieved CE Mark in August, we feel we are well on our way to addressing this key segment of the heart failure population."
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About the C-Pulse® Heart Assist System
The C-Pulse Heart Assist System, or C-Pulse System, an investigational device in the United States, Canada and countries that do not recognize the CE mark approval, utilizes the scientific principles of intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation applied in an extra-aortic approach to assist the left ventricle by reducing the workload required to pump blood throughout the body, while increasing blood flow to the coronary arteries. Operating outside the patient's bloodstream, the extra-aortic approach of the C-Pulse technology offers greater flexibility, allowing patients to safely disconnect to have intervals of freedom to perform certain activities such as showering. The C-Pulse System may help maintain the patient's current condition and, in some cases, reverse the heart failure process, thereby potentially preventing the need for later stage heart failure therapies, such as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), artificial hearts or transplants.
Caution: Investigational device, limited by Federal (or United States) Law to Investigational use.
About Sunshine® Heart
Sunshine Heart, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSH) (ASX: SHC) is an early-stage global medical device company committed to the commercialization of the C-Pulse Heart Assist System, an implantable, non-blood contacting, heart assist therapy for the treatment of moderate to severe heart failure. The C-Pulse System can be implanted using a minimally invasive procedure and is designed to relieve the symptoms of heart failure through the use of counter-pulsation technology, which enables an increase in cardiac output, an increase in coronary blood flow and a reduction in the heart's pumping load. Sunshine Heart has completed an approved U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feasibility clinical trial of the C-Pulse System and presented the results in November 2011. In March, 2012, the FDA notified the company that it could move forward with an investigational device exemption (IDE) application. Sunshine Heart received conditional approval from the FDA in September 2012 to initiate its pivotal trial. In July 2012 Sunshine Heart received CE Mark for its C-Pulse System in Europe. Sunshine Heart is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Minneapolis with a subsidiary presence in Australia. The company has been listed on the ASX since September 2004 and on the NASDAQ since February 2012. For more information, please visit www.sunshineheart.com.
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