At ~33 minutes Representative Ron Barber showcases University of Arizona support programs for small businesses including Avery Therapeutics, a local innovative business commercializing a new technology for heart failure.
Award from Cellular Dynamics International to explore the use of iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes in engineered tissue results in beating heart graft.
Avery Therapeutics, Inc. (“Avery”) is a startup company dedicated to advancing tissue-engineered therapeutics to treat diseases and injuries to human muscle. Avery’s lead product, MyCardia™, is a tissue-engineered heart graft developed to treat heart failure and is currently in the pre-clinical development phase. MyCardia™ is positioned to be the world’s first off-the-shelf allogeneic tissue-engineered product for treating heart failure.
More than 23M people worldwide suffer from heart failure—the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. In the US, heart failure results in over $39B in treatment costs annually and there are more than 600,000 new cases of heart failure each year. MyCardia™ has the potential to improve heart function and quality of life for patients with heart failure.
MyCardia™ is a tissue engineered heart graft containing multiple cell types that is implanted on the surface of a damaged heart. The components in MyCardia™ result in improved blood flow to previously damaged tissue and improved heart function.