Edwards Completes Trial Enrollment in Nonsurgical Study Arm for Evaluation of Transcatheter Valve


March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009 - Edwards Lifesciences Corp. announced it has completed enrollment in the 350-patient nonsurgical study arm of its PARTNER Trial for the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter aortic heart valve.

"Reaching this milestone is a significant achievement for the subset of patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis who can't tolerate conventional aortic valve replacement. Without a transcatheter heart valve, they have no definitive treatment options for addressing their valve disease," said Craig Smith, M.D., interim surgeon-in-chief and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, the Calvin F. Barber Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and co-principal investigator for the trial.

The randomized, controlled, multi-center PARTNER (Placement of AoRTic traNscathetER valves) Trial assigns patients into one of two arms: a "nonsurgical" arm, in which the Edwards SAPIEN valve is compared to nonsurgical treatments, and a "surgical" arm, in which the Edwards SAPIEN valve is compared to traditional surgical aortic valve replacement.

The company also announced it plans to provide continued access at PARTNER study sites to the Edwards SAPIEN valve for nonsurgical patients meeting study criteria, pending FDA approval.

Martin B. Leon, M.D., associate director of the Cardiovascular Interventional Therapy (CIVT) Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, is the co-principal investigator for the U.S. PARTNER Trial. "The dedication of the PARTNER sites in screening and randomizing complex patients is an important achievement. The medical community anxiously awaits results from this landmark trial, which I believe will benchmark the performance of the Edwards SAPIEN valve versus medical management therapies in these high risk patients," said Dr. Leon.

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