Procyrion Adds Veteran Electrical Engineer to Further Develop Technology


HOUSTON, TX (October 20th, 2016) - Micro heart pump maker Procyrion has added a key team member as it continues on its path towards commercialization.

The Houston-based developer of a novel circulatory assist device intended to treat chronic heart failure announced today that Christian Landry has joined the Procyrion team as Product Development Manager.

In his new role as product development manager, Landry, an innovative electrical engineer with extensive experience across a broad range of technologies and functions, will focus on the software and electronics behind the Aortix™ control system. He will be responsible for continuing development of the control system and identifying innovative ways to advance the technology with additional functionality. Most recently, Landry served as a senior engineer for Merit Medical Systems where he was the project manager over the transfer of a closed loop co-extrusion and PTFE coating machines from a facility in Japan to the Merit facility in Texas while leading a team of technicians and engineers in qualifying a peripheral vascular micro catheter. Prior to Merit Medical Systems, Landry worked in a variety of high-level engineering positions revolving around class II and class III medical devices, where he primarily focused on design and developing products from concept to production.

“As we get closer to the clinic, we continue to focus on the development of the Aortix system,” said Procyrion CEO Benjamin A. Hertzog, PhD.  “We have to carefully balance the engineering needs of the existing Aortix pre-clinical system with the need to continuously innovate and push the envelope for future commercial products.  Christian will play a key role to help ensure that we are developing the very best products to benefit the millions of heart failure patients in need.”

Procyrion’s Aortix is not approved for use or sale. 

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Houston-based medical device firm Procyrion, Inc. is developing the first catheter-deployed, intra-aortic pump for ambulatory use.  The device is designed to rest and heal the heart by reducing afterload while simultaneously improving blood flow to vital organs. This groundbreaking cardiology tool, conceived by cardiologist Dr. Reynolds M. Delgado, III, medical director of Mechanical Support Devices in Heart Failure at the Texas Heart Institute, is expected to provide a minimally invasive treatment option for millions of chronic heart failure patients.  For more information, visit or call 713.579.9227.

Dana Summers

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