CARMAT Resumes Enrollment in the PIVOTAL Study in the Czech Republic With Its Artificial Heart Implanted in a 12th Patient
CARMAT (Paris:ALCAR) (FR0010907956, ALCAR), the designer and developer of the world’s most advanced total artificial heart project, aiming to provide a therapeutic alternative for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure, today announced that a 12th patient of the PIVOTAL study has been implanted in the Czech Republic.
This implant was performed by the team headed by Prof. Ivan Netuka, Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) in Prague and Principal Investigator of the second part of the PIVOTAL study.
Stéphane Piat, Chief Executive Officer of CARMAT, said: “We are very pleased to announce the resumption of implants in Prague. The surgical procedure was performed satisfactorily a few days ago, and the patient is continuing his gradual recovery. We noticed, both at the Prague center and in Nur-Sultan, an increased flow of eligible patients, which should enable the medical teams to enroll patients at a faster pace than for the first cohort, in line with our aim of obtaining CE marking in 2020.”
About CARMAT: the world’s most advanced total artificial heart project
A credible response to end-stage heart failure: CARMAT aims to eventually provide a response to a major public health issue associated with heart disease, the world’s leading cause of death: chronic and acute heart failure. By pursuing the development of its total artificial heart, composed of the implantable bioprosthesis and its portable external power supply system to which it is connected, CARMAT intends to overcome the well-known shortfall in heart transplants for the tens of thousands of people suffering from irreversible end-stage heart failure, the most seriously affected of the 20 million patients with this progressive disease in Europe and the United States.
The result of combining two types of unique expertise: the medical expertise of Professor Carpentier, known throughout the world for inventing Carpentier-Edwards heart valves, which are the most used in the world, and the technological expertise of Airbus Group, world aerospace leader.
The first physiological artificial heart: given its size, the use of highly biocompatible materials, its unique self-regulation system and its pulsatile nature, the CARMAT total artificial heart could, assuming the clinical trials are successful, potentially save the lives of thousands of patients each year with no risk of rejection and with a good quality of life.