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Ancora Heart Inc.

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Medtechs Bet On Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair

The success of transcatheter aortic valve replacement has generated optimism that the much larger pool of mitral regurgitation patients can be similarly served. While big strategics bet on replacement, however, other companies are betting on repair, developing less invasive devices inspired by an array of established mitral valve surgical repair techniques.

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Despite Unknowns, Companies Bet On Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair

Amid the success of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), strategic acquisitions of transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) companies and the success of mitral valve repair device MitraClip, a group of companies are developing a number of minimally invasive options to repair mitral valves. Whether minimally invasive repair, replacement, or some combination will emerge as the best option for patients with mitral regurgitation remains unclear, and insiders say this road will be rockier than it was for TAVR.

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This article was adapted from "Top Device Stories of 2010: Waiting for the Other Shoes to Fall," in the January 2011 issue of IN VIVO.
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MiCardia Corp.

Patients requiring mitral valve repair of the heart to reduce recurrent leakage of blood or residual regurgitation after initial implant can now avoid going under the knife for a second time. MiCardia's Dynaplasty platform has been designed to change the shape of an implantable medical device in response to fluctuations in anatomical conditions. For mitral valve repair, MiCardia's shape-memory nitinol device is similar to a standard annuloplasty ring, but when activated, pulls the two leaflets together in such a fashion as to significantly minimize regurgitation.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Medical Devices
    • Implantable Devices
    • Surgical Equipment & Devices
      • Minimally or Less Invasive
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Cardiovascular
  • Alias(es)
  • Guided Delivery Systems Inc.
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Ancora Heart Inc.
  • Senior Management
  • Jeffrey M Closs, Pres. & CEO
    Russel Sampson, CTO
    Bart Beasley, VP, Clinical Mktg.
  • Contact Info
  • Ancora Heart Inc.
    Phone: (408) 727-1105
    2355 Calle de Luna
    Santa Clara, CA 95054-1004