First Two Patients Enrolled and Treated in AtriCure’s Landmark Afib Study

The collaborative study between cardiac surgeons and electrophysiologists to deliver innovative solutions and new treatment options for Atrial Fibrillation

WEST CHESTER, Ohio--()--AtriCure, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATRC), a leading innovator in technologies for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (Afib) and left atrial appendage management, today announced the first two patients have been enrolled and treated at PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the Dual Epicardial and Endocardial Procedure (DEEP) clinical study. The pivotal study is the first of its kind in the United States for the treatment of persistent or longstanding persistent forms of Afib.

“This important study utilizes the skills of both the cardiac surgeon and electrophysiologist to establish a new standard of care for patients with persistent forms of Afib,” said Mike Carrel, President and Chief Executive Officer of AtriCure. “This is a significant milestone for AtriCure as we continue our advancements in the fight against Afib.”

In the DEEP study, the cardiac surgeon and electrophysiologist work as a team to perform a minimally invasive epicardial (outside the heart) surgical ablation and endocardial (inside the heart) catheter-based ablation. The primary effectiveness endpoint of the study is freedom from Afib, the most common arrhythmia, and absence of Class I or III antiarrhythmic drug therapy. AtriCure received approval in November 2014 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enroll 220 patients at 25 sites in the DEEP study.

Atrial fibrillation patients who have failed antiarrhythmic drug therapy and may have received up to two failed catheter ablations are candidates for the DEEP study, which is performed in two phases. In the first phase, the surgeon will make small incisions to perform endoscopic epicardial ablation using the AtriCure Bipolar System, and exclude the left atrial appendage (LAA) with the AtriClip® LAA Exclusion System.

The first procedure in the study was performed by Dr. Mubashir Mumtaz, Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at PinnacleHealth.

"We feel privileged to be part of this landmark study in our quest to find a safe and reliable treatment for millions of people affected by atrial fibrillation,” said Dr. Mumtaz. “We really believe that this trial will provide much needed insight into this disease. We are excited and feel honored to be able to enroll and treat the first two patients to kick off the trial."

The second phase of the procedure, catheter ablation and endocardial mapping, will be performed by Dr. Michael G. Link, Electrophysiologist at PinnacleHealth about 90 to 120 days after the surgical procedure.

“I am excited about DEEP because the more persistent forms of atrial fibrillation have been historically difficult to treat, with disappointing results,” said Dr. Link. “I am honored to be at the forefront of this trial which will hopefully alter the standard of care for these patients."

The principal investigators for DEEP are Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen, Chairman of the Division of Cardiology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Pauley Heart Center; Dr. Paul Wang, Director, Stanford Arrhythmia Service, Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering, by courtesy, Stanford University School of Medicine; Dr. Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Chairman, Department of Surgery and Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Professor, Department of Surgery at VCU Pauley Heart Center; and Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

More information can be found at www.AtriCure.com.

About AtriCure

AtriCure, Inc. is a medical device company providing innovative atrial fibrillation (Afib) solutions designed to produce superior outcomes that reduce the economic and social burden of atrial fibrillation. AtriCure’s Synergy™ Ablation System is the first and only surgical device approved for the treatment of persistent and longstanding persistent forms of Afib in patients undergoing certain open concomitant procedures. AtriCure’s AtriClip left atrial appendage management (LAAM) exclusion device is the most widely sold device worldwide that’s indicated for the occlusion of the left atrial appendage. The company believes cardiothoracic surgeons are adopting its ablation and LAAM devices for the treatment of Afib and reduction of Afib related complications such as stroke. Afib affects more than 33 million people worldwide.1 For more information visit AtriCure.com or follow us on Twitter @AtriCure.

Forward-Looking Statements

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1 Chugh SS, Havmoeller R, Narayanan K, Singh D, Rienstra M, et al., “Worldwide epidemiology of atrial fibrillation: a Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study.” Circulation. 2014 Feb 25; 129 (8):837-47.

Contacts

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Media Relations
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Investor Relations
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awade@AtriCure.com

Contacts

AtriCure, Inc.
Troy May, 513-658-8839
Media Relations
tmay@AtriCure.com
or
Andy Wade, 513-755-4564
Investor Relations
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
awade@AtriCure.com