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4C Medical Technologies

Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Founded: 2015

Big legacy medical device companies including Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic and Abbott are seeking to move beyond transcatheter aortic valve replacement to the new frontier — transcatheter mitral valve replacement. They’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars on companies in the space.

4C Medical Technologies, however, thinks it has a potentially better solution. Instead of replacing a person’s mitral valve, 4C Medical’s AltaValve device is positioned supra-annular to the leaking native mitral, preventing the leak from entering the left atrium.

By preserving the native mitral valve and left ventricle while still treating mitral regurgitation, the AltaValve provides an answer to the complications presently associated with TMVR, according to the company.

4C Medical last year raised $9 million in a round led by Canadian angel network Anges Québec. The AltaValve won first place in the Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) competition held March 3–6, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

–Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor

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