Freedom® Portable Driver Selected as Silver Winner

Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall hiked 607 miles while waiting for his donor heart using the Freedom portable driver to power his SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.

SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that its Freedom® portable driver, the world’s first wearable power supply for the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, was named the 2013 Silver Winner amongst Assistive Devices in the Science/Medical category of the Edison Awards on April 25 in Chicago.

“The awards demonstrate the incredible range and pace of innovation globally and across a wide variety of industries,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards. “It is important that such excellence in innovation be widely recognized and done so in the spirit of the world’s greatest inventor.”

Weighing 13.5 pounds, the Freedom portable driver allows stable Total Artificial Heart patients who meet discharge criteria to wait for a matching donor heart at home and in their communities instead of in the hospital. To date, the Freedom portable driver has supported 130 patients worldwide, accounting for more than 55 patient years of support.

The Edison Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. The awards honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation… read more