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CryoLife Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for SynerGraft(R) Processed Human Pulmonary Heart Valves
Date:2/7/2008

ATLANTA, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CryoLife, Inc., (NYSE: CRY) a biomaterials, medical device and tissue processing company, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its CryoValve(R) SG pulmonary human heart valve processed with the Company's proprietary SynerGraft technology. CryoLife's proprietary SynerGraft technology is designed to remove allogeneic donor cells and cellular remnants from the valve without compromising the integrity of the underlying collagen matrix.

The CryoValve SG pulmonary human heart valve is indicated for the replacement of diseased, damaged, malformed or malfunctioning native pulmonary valves. The valve can be used in conjunction with right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction procedures (RVOT), commonly performed in children with congenital heart defects. In addition, the valve can be used for pulmonary valve replacement during the Ross Procedure, an operation in which a patient's defective aortic valve is removed and replaced with his own pulmonary valve. The CryoValve SG is then surgically implanted in place of the removed native pulmonary valve.

"CryoValve SG may offer an attractive valve replacement option for many children born with heart defects," said Steven G. Anderson, CryoLife's president and chief executive officer. "CryoValve SG may also be a good option for patients who have undergone valve replacement surgery as young children, but may require another valve replacement as they've grown into adulthood."

"Children born with heart defects often face frequent and challenging surgeries," stated John W. Brown, M.D., professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind. "Fo
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