EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., July 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunshine Heart, Inc. (Nasdaq:SSH) today announced that the Company will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square and ring the Opening Bell on Tuesday, July 30 th, 2013. Senior management, led by Dave Rosa, CEO of Sunshine Heart, will be joined by Sunshine Heart's Board of Directors to perform the honorary ringing of the bell. "We are honored to be asked back to NASDAQ's MarketSite for our second ceremonial bell ringing," said Dave Rosa, CEO of Sunshine Heart. "Our February, 2012 listing on the NASDAQ exchange was a pivotal moment in our transformation to a true U.S. medtech company. I am proud of the growth we have achieved since our listing, including the initiation of our U.S. pivotal trial and our EU post-market study. We look forward to updating the market on our trial results and growth as we continue to progress." The Opening Bell will ring at 9:30 am ET and will be televised on CNBC or can be viewed online at www.nasdaq.com . About the C-Pulse ® Heart Assist System The C-Pulse Heart Assist System, or C-Pulse System, an investigational device in the United States, Canada and countries that do not recognize the CE mark approval, utilizes the scientific principles of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation applied in an extra-aortic approach to assist the left ventricle by reducing the workload required to pump blood throughout the body, while increasing blood flow to the coronary arteries. Combined, these potential benefits may help sustain the patient's current condition or, in some cases, reverse the heart failure process, thereby potentially preventing the need for later-stage heart failure devices, such as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), artificial hearts or transplants. It may also provide relief from the symptoms of Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure and improve quality of life and cardiac function. Based on the results from our feasibility trial, we also believe that some patients treated with our C-Pulse System will be able to stop using the device due to sustained improvement in their condition as a result of the therapy. Caution: Investigational device, limited by Federal (or United States) Law to Investigational use. About Sunshine ® Heart Sunshine Heart, Inc. (Nasdaq:SSH) is an early-stage medical device company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing the C-Pulse System for treatment of Class III and ambulatory Class IV heart failure. Sunshine Heart has completed an approved U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feasibility clinical trial of the C-Pulse System and presented the results in November 2011. In March 2012, the FDA notified the Company that it could move forward with an investigational device exemption (IDE) application. Sunshine Heart received unconditional approval from the FDA in November 2012 to initiate its pivotal trial. In July 2012 Sunshine Heart received CE Mark approval for its C-Pulse System in Europe. Sunshine Heart is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Minneapolis with a wholly owned subsidiary in Australia. The Company has been listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market since February 2012. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, assumptions, expectations, and information currently available to management. All statements that address future operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, our expectations with respect to the net proceeds from the offering, future clinical trial activities and results including patient enrollment in trials. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, that the net proceeds may be lower than we currently expect due to increased offering expenses or otherwise, the possibility that our clinical trials do not meet their enrollment goals, meet their endpoints or otherwise fail, that regulatory authorities do not accept our application or approve the marketing of the C-Pulse System, the possibility that we may be unable to raise the funds necessary for the development and commercialization of our products, that we may not be able to commercialize our products successfully in the EU and the other risk factors described under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because they speak only as of the date when made and may turn out to be inaccurate. We do not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. We may not actually achieve the plans, projections or expectations disclosed in forward-looking statements, and actual results, developments or events could differ materially from those disclosed in the forward-looking statements.
CONTACT: Media: Laura Forman Blueprint Life Science Group T: +1-415-375-3340 Investor: Jeff Mathiesen Chief Financial Officer Sunshine Heart, Inc. T: +1-952-345-4200