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Bridge to Life Ltd. Receives Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA


NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Bridge to Life, Ltd., a leading global supplier of organ preservation solutions and organ perfusion technologies, announced breakthrough device designation authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its LifeCradle® Heart Preservation Transport System.

The LifeCradle® Heart Preservation Transport System provides for preservation, storage, monitoring, and transportation of donor hearts using hypothermic, oxygenated, nutrient perfusion from the time of organ procurement until transplantation into the recipient.

The LifeCradle® Heart Preservation Transport System provides clinicians with the ability to affordably implement hypothermic oxygenated perfusion of heart grafts during graft transport from the donor site to the transplant center operating room. The inherently intuitive system utilizes a plug-and-play design for a streamlined workflow facilitating easy setup and minimal user burden. The system uses Belzer MPS® UW Machine Perfusion Solution perfusate requiring no blood or blood products.

“LifeCradle opens a window to the future of long-duration heart preservation and transportation, so that a heart from Miami can fly to Seattle and be implanted,” said Richard Birch, Bridge to Life Vice President of Business Development.

“Bridge to Life continues to research and develop technology to improve organ preservation and have now added organ perfusion devices including for liver, kidney, lung and heart to our portfolio of products,” said Bridge to Life Chairman and CEO Stevan Schweighardt. “The addition of perfusion technology provides for more and better-quality organs to the transplant community worldwide.”

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Bridge to Life is a 2022 Advocate Level Corporate Partner with The Alliance.

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