Few businesses can say that their work helps save people’s lives, but TriVascular Inc. can. Since its start 17 years ago, “We’ve successfully treated over 7,500 patients to date throughout the world,” Vice President of Manufacturing Mike Maszy says.
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., TriVascular designs and manufactures technologies for endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). The company’s flagship offering is its Ovation iX and Ovation Prime Abdominal Stent Graft System, which treats abdominal aortic aneurisms (AAA) a weakening of the arterial wall. AAA rupture carries a risk of death up to 90 percent and is the third leading cause of sudden death in men over the age of 60.
Historically, aneurisms have been treated with complex surgeries that involve cutting patients open and removing organs. “Our device is unique in that it has [a smaller] profile, which means it’s minimally invasive,” Maszy says.