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First Post-Trial AbioCor Patient Passes Away

DANVERS, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 1, 2009-- Abiomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABMD), has been informed by Mark Anderson, M.D., associate professor of surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and chief of the section of cardiac surgery at both the medical school and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, that the first patient to receive the commercial AbioCorĀ® Total Replacement Heart, died on August 23, 2009, due to post-operative conditions unrelated to the device. The device was implanted in the patient in June 15, 2009 and was operating successfully, however the patient’s pre-existing medical conditions precluded a full recovery with the AbioCor.

The 76-year-old male patient was diagnosed with congestive, end-stage heart failure and did not qualify for a heart transplant or other available therapies, making him eligible for the AbioCor implant. This was the first patient to receive an AbioCor implant since the completion of clinical trials and Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 5, 2006. He is survived by his wife and other family members.

No further information is available at this time.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," said Michael R. Minogue, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Abiomed.


Based in Danvers, Massachusetts, Abiomed, Inc., is a leading provider of medical devices that provide circulatory support to acute heart failure patients across the continuum of care in heart recovery. Our products are designed to enable the heart to rest, heal and recover by improving blood flow and/or performing the pumping of the heart. For additional information please visit: www.abiomed.com.


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Source: Abiomed, Inc.

Abiomed, Inc.
Aimee Maillett, 978-646-1553
Public Relations Specialist

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