The NASA invention of the year is awarded by the NASA office of General Counsel in partnership with the NASA inventions and Contributions Board. There have been 1,800 spins off and twelve have won the invention of the year award. The invention of the year award recognizes inventions of exceptional NASA cutting edge technologies that have been patented in the United States.
The HeartAssist5® is CE marked in Europe for patients awaiting transplant or for patients that will receive the tiny pump as a permanent flow assist. In the United States, the HeartAssist5® has been approved by the FDA for a Bridge to Transplant Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial.