FRANKLIN, Mass., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PLC Systems Inc. , a leader in cardiac laser technologies, announced today that in conjunction with Miltenyi Biotec, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, it sponsored a presentation by Professor Hans-Michael Klein from the Medical School of Dusseldorf University in Germany entitled "Stem Cell Therapy in Cardiac Surgery."
This presentation focused on the intramyocardial application of bone marrow-derived stem cells in combination with CO2 TMR. Dr. Klein, a cardiac surgeon with extensive experience with CO2 TMR and Stem Cell Therapy, provided a review of new innovative cardiac tissue regeneration research. The presentation included data on stem cell therapy alone, stem cells with coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, and stem cells combined with CO2 TMR. Dr. Klein's presentation concluded that stem cells combined with CO2 TMR may provide an improvement in cardiac function in heart failure patients when compared to stem cells alone or stem cells with CABG.
"Due to the growing number of heart failure patients not amenable to revascularization techniques such as CABG, the CO2 TMR and stem cell therapy has significant potential as an effective procedure for seriously ill coronary artery disease patients," said Doctor Klein. "Our research has demonstrated that CO2 TMR can initiate an internal angiogenic response, which is critical when we are striving for tissue regeneration. At our institution we have performed more than thirty CO2 TMR plus stem cell procedures. We believe that when autologous, bone marrow-derived stem cells are injected into the patient's heart around the laser channel, the mediators released in response to the laser procedure attract the bone marrow cells, also known as the homing effect, which starts a cascade of events leading to an angiogenic and vasogenic response that can improve cardiac function in heart failure patients."
On September 25, Edwards Lifesciences is hosting a Center of Excellence program at the Pepin Heart Hospital & Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute, in Tampa, Florida, which will feature a presentation on TMR by Dr. Ernesto Jimenez. "These programs provide an educational opportunity for physicians to learn to use PLC Medical's CO2 Heart Laser to perform CO2 transmyocardial revascularization," stated Mark R. Tauscher, president and CEO of PLC Medical Systems, Inc. "We are very pleased to enable Dr. Klein to share his cutting edge research and experiences with the members of the North American cardiac community."
About PLC Medical Systems, Inc.
PLC Medical Systems, Inc. is a medical technology company specializing in innovative technologies for the cardiac and vascular markets. Headquartered in Franklin, Mass., PLC pioneered the CO2 Heart Laser System, which cardiac surgeons use to perform CO2 transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) to alleviate symptoms of severe angina. CO2 TMR offers a treatment option for angina patients who suffer from severe coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is expected to increase as the worldwide population continues to age. Working with leading researchers and premier heart centers around the world, PLC developed the CO2 Heart Laser, which is the world's first TMR angina relief device approved by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Japanese MHLW. Additional company information can be found at http://www.plcmed.com.
About Miltenyi Biotec
Miltenyi Biotec, founded in 1989, is a diversified biotechnology company, offering comprehensive solutions for basic, biomedical, and clinical research. The company develops, produces, and markets state-of-the-art products and services for cell separation, cell analysis, cell culture, molecular biology, and clinical research applications. With subsidiaries and distributors around the world, the company has more than 900 employees. Additional company information can be found at http://www.miltenyi.com.
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