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May 1, 2012 4:30 pm ET
Taylor Harris – Senior Director, Investor Relations and Business Development
Gerhard F. Burbach – President and Chief Executive Officer
Roxanne Oulman – Vice President-Finance and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Robert A. Hopkins – Bank of America Corporation
Christopher Pasquale – JPMorgan
Steven Lichtman – Oppenheimer & Company
Rajeev Jashnani – UBS Securities Co., Ltd.
Jason Mills – Canaccord Genuity
Bruce Nudell – Credit Suisse
Thomas Gunderson – Piper Jaffray
Matt Taylor – Barclays Capital
Suraj Kalia – Rodman & Renshaw
Jayson Bedford – Raymond James
Spencer Nam – ThinkEquity LLC
Danielle Antalffy – Leerink Swann LLC
Lawrence H. Biegelsen – Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
David Roman – Goldman Sachs
Derek Winters – Wunderlich Securities Inc.
Good day, and welcome to the Thoratec Corporation Earnings Conference Call. Today’s conference is being recorded. At this time, I’d like to turn the conference over to Taylor Harris. Please go ahead, sir.
Thanks Camille. Good afternoon and thank you for joining us today. With me are Gary Burbach, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Roxanne Oulman, the company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. Gary will discuss highlights from the first quarter of 2012 and then turn the call over to Roxanne, who will review the financial results for the quarter and provide an update on guidance for 2012. We will then open the call to your questions.
Before turning the call over to Gary, I want to remind you that, during the course of today’s conference call and the question-and-answer session that follows, we may make projections or other forward-looking statements that are subject to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Securities laws regarding future events or the financial performance of the company.