Harpoon Medical, Inc. is a development stage medical device company commercializing a minimally invasive, image guided surgical tool for beating heart mitral valve repair. The technology was developed in the division of Cardiac Surgery at The University of Maryland School of Medicine. With the Harpoon device, surgeons can access and repair the mitral valve in a beating heart via a small incision between the ribs without the need for cardiac arrest or cardiopulmonary bypass. The tool enters the left ventricle transapically and inserts “bulky knot” neochords in the leaflet to eliminate mitral valve regurgitation. When introduced to the market, the Harpoon device should transform the traditional open heart mitral valve surgical procedure from a complex 3-6 hour operation to a 60-minute procedure and reduce the recovery period from weeks to days. SNNLive spoke with Peter Boyd from Harpoon Medical, Inc. at the BioMaryland Booth at BIO International Conference 2014 in San Diego, CA.
“Harpoon Medical is an image-guided device for heart repair,” begins Mr. Boyd. He continues, “We’ve developed the surgical tools. It’s a suturing device, and with our device surgeons can access mitral valve via a small incision between the ribs and fix it while the heart continues to beat.”
Mr. Boyd explains, “Only about 20% of the patients who could benefit from surgery today are actually being operated on and there’s two reasons for that: you’ve got the patients that are too sick to undergo a surgery such an invasive surgery and then you have the patients that aren’t quite sick enough yet.” SNNLive welcomes Peter Boyd from Harpoon Medical, Inc. For more information, check out their website at www.harpoonmedical.com.
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