PARIS – Carmat SA has just completed a capital increase of $66.4 million to boost development of its total artificial heart. The Aeson system was awarded CE marking four months ago, as a total bridge to transplantation for patients suffering with end-stage biventricular heart failure who are not eligible for maximal medical therapy or a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), and who are likely to undergo a heart transplant within 180 days of the implantation.
Carmat SA said its total artificial heart received the CE mark, and the company plans to ramp up production to enable the launch of the device in the second quarter of 2021. The artificial heart offers a bridge to transplant in patients with end-stage biventricular heart failure. It provides an alternative for individuals for whom maximal medical therapy and left ventricular assist device are insufficient or contraindicated.
PARIS – Carmat SA has closed an $11.8 million loan in the form of a government-backed loan from a French banking syndicate. In an environment made uncertain by the COVID-19 crisis, Carmat will be able to continue its clinical development program on its total artificial heart, undisturbed. “This financing facility contributes to securing our cash position and extends our financial visibility through to the third quarter of 2021,” Stéphane Piat, CEO of Carmat, told BioWorld.