Abiomed CE marks portable circulatory support system:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Abiomed has CE marked its portable circulatory support driver for sale in Europe. The portable driver is designed to support Danvers, Massachusetts-based Abiomed's AB5000 ventricular assist device (VAD). It is lightweight, quiet and reliable, and is designed to improve patient care while lowering costs. The AB5000 portable driver provides a greater degree of mobility and improves the quality of life of patients during VAD use to aid myocardial recovery. The AB5000 VAD is already CE-marked in Europe and has supported patients for up to 312 days. Outside of the US, the AB5000 is used as a bridge-to-recovery and bridge-to-transplant (BTT) device, and the portable driver is expected to greatly enhance the company's BTT market opportunity. The circulatory support driver has not yet been approved in the US.