SynCardia Wins 2012 Medical Design Excellence Award

Freedom® Portable Driver for Powering SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart Honored in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Category

SynCardia Systems, Inc., the privately-held manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that the company’s Freedom® portable driver, the world’s first wearable power supply for the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, was selected as the Bronze Winner in the Critical Care and Emergency Medicine category of the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) on May 23 in Philadelphia.

“It is an honor to have the premier competition for medical device design and innovation recognize the achievements of our Freedom portable driver,” said Michael Garippa, SynCardia Chairman/CEO/President. “For the first time in U.S. history, the Freedom portable driver is allowing stable patients without human hearts to leave the hospital and resume their lives at home while they wait for a matching donor heart. The Freedom driver is pivotal in the Total Artificial Heart becoming the new standard of care for end-stage biventricular heart failure.”

Weighing 13.5 pounds, the Freedom portable driver is designed to be worn by the patient in the Freedom Backpack or Shoulder Bag. The Freedom driver is CE approved for use in Europe and undergoing an FDA-approved Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S. More than 80 patients worldwide have been supported by the Freedom driver, accounting for more than 30 patient years of support.

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Opportunity Alert: Arizona Experience Shines Spotlight on AZ’s Bio Innovators

On 24 April, the Arizona Experience website unveils Biotechnology and Life Sciences theme showcasing the organizations, institutions, and research facilities that have helped catapult Arizona to one of the nation’s leading states in biomedical research. Flinn Foundation, AZBio, BIO5 Institute, ASU Biodesign Institute, NAU, and numerous institutions provided their insight and materials in order to showcase the successes in Arizona’s biotech community.

“One of the recommendations of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap is to inform state citizens on the importance and potential of the biosciences,” said Brad Halvorsen, Vice President for Communications, Flinn Foundation.  “The Arizona Experience website will be instrumental in helping to get the message to broad audiences that may be new to the biosciences.”

The April 24 roll out of the Arizona Biotechnology and Life Sciences theme includes:


Additional topics and content will continue to roll out for the next 30 days, including:

  • Featured Artist –Student centennial art competition  winners from across the state.
  • Tumamoc Hill America’s first Desert Botanical  Laboratory; the birthplace of conservation ecology.
  • Explore how citizen science groups around the state are  impacting their world.
  • Arizona State University’s groundbreaking Ask a Biologist program.
  • Habimap – Mapping Wildlife and Habitat Conservation  Potential by Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
  • Browse through the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum’s digital collection of over 12,000 images.


About Arizona Experience – The Arizona Experience is a dynamic, multimedia, 4D (3D plus time) web environment with interactive maps, thousands of images, historical timelines, flyovers of iconic landscapes, interviews with Arizona leaders, featured artists, videos (both onsite and at the Arizona Experience YouTube channel), and oral histories that capture the experiences of the men and women that shaped the state.