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2012 - Best Medical Technology product: Sapien® - Edwards Lifesciences’

For more than 50 years, Edwards has been the global leader in the science of heart valves. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company focuses on providing therapies for people suffering from structural heart disease. One of the main areas of focus of Edwards’ transcatheter heart valve (THV) program is the treatment of aortic stenosis (AS), a progressive disease where the aortic heart valve calcifies and blocks blood flow from the heart. Goldstandard treatment for this disease is open-heart surgery.

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2012 - Best Medical Technology product : Melody® - Medtronic

Approximately eight in every 1,000 babies are born with congenital heart disease (CHD), some of whom will become candidates for the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) at some point in their lives, typically after undergoing several surgical interventions. Prior to the development and approval of Melody TPV, CHD patients with right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) anomalies had no option other than another open heart surgery to address pulmonary regurgitation and/or stenosis.

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