Thoratec Corporation ("we," "our," "us," or the "Company") is a world leader
in mechanical circulatory support with a product portfolio to treat the full
range of clinical needs for advanced heart failure patients. We develop,
manufacture and market proprietary medical devices used for circulatory support.
Heart failure is a chronic disease that occurs when degeneration of the heart
muscle reduces the pumping power of the heart, causing the heart to become too
weak to pump blood at a level sufficient to meet the body's demands.
THE COMPANY AND BACKGROUND
Incorporated in the State of California in 1976, Thoratec Corporation trades
on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol THOR and is
headquartered in Pleasanton, California.
Our principal executive offices are located at 6035 Stoneridge Drive,
Pleasanton, California, 94588. The telephone number at that address is