Profile: Abiomed Inc (ABMD.O)
14 Mar 2014
ABIOMED, Inc., incorporated on June 4, 1987, is a provider of mechanical circulatory support devices and offers a continuum of care to heart failure patients. The Company develops, manufacture and market products that is designed to enable the heart to rest, heal and recover by improving blood flow and/or performing the pumping function of the heart. The Company's products are used in the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) by interventional cardiologists and in the heart surgery suite by heart surgeons for patients who are in need of hemodynamic support prophylactically or emergently before, during or after angioplasty or heart surgery procedures. In September 2012, the Company announced that its Impella CP product received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for partial circulatory support for up to six hours.
In November 2012, the Company announced that the Impella RP received Investigational Device Exemption, or IDE, approval from the FDA for use in RECOVER RIGHT, a pivotal clinical study in the U.S. In December 2012, as part of the FDA's 515 Program Initiative, an FDA panel voted to recommend continuation of Class III status for temporary ventricular support devices within the non-roller type cardiopulmonary bypass blood pumps category, which includes the Company's Impella products.
The Impella 2.5 catheter is a percutaneous micro heart pump with an integrated motor and sensors. The device is designed primarily for use by interventional cardiologists to support patients in the cath lab who may require assistance to maintain their circulation. The Impella 2.5 catheter can be quickly inserted via the femoral artery to reach the left ventricle of the heart where it is directly deployed to draw blood out of the ventricle and deliver it to the circulatory system. This function is intended to reduce ventricular work and provide flow to vital organs. The Impella 2.5 is introduced with normal interventional cardiology procedures and can pump up to 2.5 liters of blood per minute. The Company is conducting USpella, the U.S. multicenter observational registry collecting clinical data and outcomes for general use patients supported with Impella 2.5, CP, and 5.0 during procedures. There are 41 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada contributing data to the USpella registry.
In September 2012, the Company announced that the Impella CP received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The Impella CP provides blood flow of approximately one liter more per minute than the Impella 2.5 and is indicated for up to six hours of partial circulatory support using an extracorporeal bypass control unit. It is also intended to be used to provide partial circulatory support, for up to six hours, during procedures not requiring cardiopulmonary bypass. The Impella CP (previously marketed outside of the U.S. as Impella cVAD) received CE Mark approval to market the device in the European Union in April 2012 and Health Canada approval to market the device in Canada in June 2012.
Impella 5.0 and Impella LD
The Impella 5.0 catheter and Impella LD are percutaneous micro heart pumps with integrated motors and sensors for use primarily in the heart surgery suite. These devices are designed to support patients who require higher levels of circulatory support as compared to the Impella 2.5. The Impella 5.0 can be quickly implanted via a small incision in the femoral artery in the groin using a guide wire to reach the left ventricle of the heart where it can then be directly deployed to draw blood out of the ventricle, deliver it to the arterial system and perfuse the heart muscle. This function is intended to reduce ventricular work. The Impella LD is similar to the Impella 5.0 but is implanted directly through an aortic graft. The Impella 5.0 and Impella LD can pump up to five liters of blood per minute, providing full circulatory support.
AB5000 and BVS 5000
The Company manufactures and sells the AB5000 Circulatory Support System and the BVS 5000 Biventricular Support System for the temporary support of acute heart failure patients in profound shock, including patients suffering from cardiogenic shock after a heart attack, post-cardiotomy cardiogenic shock, or myocarditis. The Company is actively selling the BVS 5000 upon request. The Company has transitioned its sales focus in the surgery market from the BVS 5000 to the AB5000, the Impella 5.0, and the Impella LD.
The Company's AbioCor implantable replacement heart was completely self-contained artificial heart. Designed to sustain the body's circulation, the AbioCor is intended for end-stage biventricular heart failure patients whose other treatment options have been exhauste. The Company has no current plans to market AbioCor in the foreseeable future or seeks a broader regulatory approval of the AbioCor.
The Company competes with Getinge (Maquet Cardiovascular), Teleflex Inc., Thoratec Corporation, HeartWare International Inc., Jarvik Heart, CircuLite, Inc., Terumo Heart, Inc. and CardiacAssist Inc.
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