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SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart Featured Among 100 Most Important Events in Human History

Exhibit to Open at Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University

The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is being featured among the 100 most important events in human history in a new exhibit at Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures. The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is being featured among the 100 most important events in human history in a new exhibit at Indiana University's Mathers Museum of World Cultures. TUCSON, Ariz. – Oct. 21, 2010 – On Oct. 23, a new exhibit featuring the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart titled "From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything," will open at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University (IU). The exhibit revolves around the 100 most important events in the "evolution of everything," including human, biological and planetary history.

"We wanted to include the Total Artificial Heart in our exhibit because it is the world's first and only approved Total Artificial Heart," said Kathy Schick, one of two IU anthropology professors who produced the long-term exhibit. "In the field of medical devices, the Total Artificial Heart represents life-saving technological innovation and remarkable scientific progress."

The exhibit also features:
- The first multi-cellular life
- The first automobile in Bloomington, made from a buckboard wagon
- The first electric guitar, the cast aluminum Rickenbacker "Frying Pan"
- The first MacIntosh computer, cell phone, GPS device and iPhone

The project divides the history of the universe into 10 times scales, each scale reducing in size by an order of 10. The first scale is from 10 billion years ago to 1 billion years ago, the second is from 1 billion years ago to 100 million years ago, and so on. A "top 10 list" of events is included for each of the time scales. The first time scale focuses on the "Origins of the Universe, the Solar System, the Earth and Life" and progresses to the last time scale which discusses the "Past Decade of Innovations and Their Implications."

The multi-faceted exhibit was produced by Schick and fellow IU anthropology professor Nick Toth, both experts on the origin and evolution of human technology and co-directors of the Stone Age Institute in Bloomington.

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About SynCardia Systems, LLC
SynCardia Systems, LLC in Tucson, Ariz., is the privately-held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart. For people suffering from end-stage heart failure affecting both sides of the heart (biventricular failure), the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart is used as a bridge to transplant, helping them survive until a matching donor heart becomes available. SynCardia also manufactures the Freedom® portable driver, which powers the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart and allows clinically stable patients to be discharged from the hospital to enjoy life at home while they wait for a heart transplant.

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