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NeoChord’s Mitral Valve Repair Device to Be Featured at 26th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 9:30am
The Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 25, 2012--NeoChord Inc., a medical device company focused on minimally invasive mitral valve repair, announced today that its mitral valve repair system will be featured in the scientific program at the upcoming 26th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS). NeoChord also will be exhibiting in Booth #67.

“NeoChord’s technology allows the implantation of artificial chordae tendinae, a proven technique for the repair of mitral valve prolapse via a transapical, off-pump procedure,” said Dr. Giovanni Speziali, the primary inventor of NeoChord’s technology. “Successful conclusion of the TACT trial is a meaningful step forward in the treatment of patients with severe mitral regurgitation because it helps us better understand those patients who can avoid sternotomy and cardiopulmonary bypass and still undergo a quality repair.” “The TACT trial shows that off-pump transapical implantation of neo-chordae to correct MR due to PML prolapse is feasible and promising as a new, less-invasive technology for MR repair,” added Dr. Joerg Seeburger.

The NeoChord procedure was developed to treat mitral prolapse caused by ruptured or elongated chordae tendinae — the primary cause of degenerative mitral regurgitation –— via minimally invasive implantation of artificial chordae tendinae. The technology was developed by Dr. Speziali along with Richard Daly, M.D., a cardiac surgeon from Mayo Clinic, and Charles Bruce, M.D., cardiologist, also of Mayo Clinic. The technology is licensed exclusively to NeoChord Inc.

Dr. Giovanni Speziali is an Attending Cardiac Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He previously was a Staff Associate Surgeon in the Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantation Department in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is a member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, a member of the Mayo Alumni Association, and a member of the ANMCO (Italian Society of Hospital-Based Heart Physicians). As an attending physician and consultant, Dr. Speziali has performed over 800 unsupervised open-heart procedures (adult cardiac).

Dr. Joerg Seeburger is an Attending Cardiac Surgeon at the Heart Center Leipzig (Germany), and a board member of the Innovation Center for Computer-Assisted Surgery (ICCAS). He is a member of the European Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, and a pending member of the German Society for Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Seeburger has published nearly two-dozen research articles for peer-reviewed medical journals. In addition, he is a Reviewer for Circulation, European Heart Journal, and European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

About NeoChord, Inc. Based in Eden Prairie, Minn., NeoChord is a privately held medical technology company focused on advancing the treatment of mitral regurgitation. The Company expects to commercialize a surgical device for minimally invasive mitral valve repair via surgical implantation of artificial chordae tendinae. Degenerative mitral regurgitation occurs when the leaflets of the heart's mitral valve do not close properly, usually due to rupture or elongation of the chordae tendinae (chords) that control the leaflets’ motion. During pumping, the “leak” in the mitral valve causes blood to flow backwards (mitral regurgitation) into the left atrium, thereby decreasing blood flow to the body. Mitral regurgitation is a progressive disease that left untreated can result in atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and death. For more information, visit: www.NeoChord.com.

Caution: The NeoChord device is an investigational device and is not available for commercial use.

CONTACT: Ronald Trahan Associates Ronald Trahan, APR, +1-508-359-4005 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MINNESOTA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH HOSPITALS MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL HEALTH SOURCE: NeoChord Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2012 PUB: 10/25/2012 09:30 AM/DISC: 10/25/2012 09:30 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121025005913/

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