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CARMAT granted authorization to resume the PIVOTAL study in the Czech Republic

  • The Company has received the approval of the Czech health authority and the ethics committee of the IKEM center in Prague, which has substantial experience with the CARMAT device
  • CARMAT is in advanced talks to also resume the study in Kazakhstan

Paris, November 19, 2019 – 5.45 pm CET

CARMAT (FR0010907956, ALCAR), the designer and developer of the world’s most advanced total artificial heart project, aiming to provide a therapeutic alternative for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure, today announced that it has received authorization to resume the PIVOTAL study in the Czech Republic.

The implants will be performed at the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) in Prague, whose teams have benefited from a major learning curve acquired through implanting the CARMAT device during the first part of the PIVOTAL study. The screening for the second patient cohort, who will receive the new prostheses produced at the Bois-d’Arcy site, is already underway. The Company is also in advanced talks with the Kazakhstani health authorities regarding the resumption of the study at the National Research Center for Cardiac Surgery in Nur-Sultan (formerly called Astana). With authorizations in these strategic countries, given the experience they have acquired to date with the CARMAT artificial heart, and Denmark, the Company is aiming to intensify enrollment in the PIVOTAL study in order to finalize it as soon as possible and obtain CE marking in 2020.

Stéphane Piat, Chief Executive Officer of CARMAT, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have been given approval to enroll new patients in the Czech Republic. In close collaboration with the teams of the IKEM cardiac center in Prague, we are already preparing for upcoming implants. This approval was eagerly expected, as our will was to resume the study at an experienced center before including other facilities. Following this key authorization for our project, we also expect a rapid resumption in Kazakhstan.”

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