Strait Access Technologies
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Other/not applicable
- Primary care
- Secondary/tertiary care
SummarySAT was established to develop, manufacture and market cardiac-related medical devices that addresses the need of up to 75 million Rheumatic Heart Disease patients worldwide. It is our mission to make life-saving, cost-effective cardiac devices and deployment systems available to sufferers of hea
It is SAT’s mission to provide cost-effective cardiac devices and their deployment systems to address the specific needs of the predominantly young patients of developing countries. Since access to cardiac surgery is limited in these countries, it is crucial that our treatments for heart valve diseases are not reliant on the specialised infrastructure needed to perform open-heart surgery. SAT's patented heart valve technologies cost significantly less to produce than imported traditional valves, and would be affordable by even the most resource-strapped hospitals both inside and outside South Africa.
Key program components
SAT is currently working on three heart valve technologies.
Deployment Device: This device is designed to deploy a crimped heart valve without occluding the flow of blood in a beating heart. The product is designed to eliminate the need to rapid pace the heart during deployment of the valve. This means that the patient will not require open heart surgery, and eliminates the need for a heart-lung machine.
Synthetic Heart Valve: This product is designed to allow cost-effective mass production. This device is mostly intended for use in very young patients and will help to extend their longevity. It will eliminate the need for continuous anti-coagulation medication.
Mitral Valve Repair: SAT's mitral valve repair device is directed at percutaneous reduction of significant, symptomatic MR with or without mitral stenosis. The SAT device allows general surgeons to treat mitral valve disease in the absence of cardiology or cardiac surgery expertise.
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