Tucson: home of 'bridge to transplant'

May 2008
Inside Tucson Business;5/19/2008, Vol. 17 Issue 50, p8
The article discusses the history of the total artificial heart device from SynCardia in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Willem Kolff, a physician born in The Netherlands, developed the first artificial heart in the world, which Symbion decided to commercialize. The University of Arizona agreed to purchase the technology and moved it to Tucson with the urge of surgeon Dr. Jack Copeland. The four men established SynCardia to finance the device and received Food and Drug Administration approval in 2004.


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