Edwards Lifesciences has completed the $100 million renovations of its global headquarters in Irvine, a move officials said was necessary to accommodate the company’s growth since its new less-invasive heart valve hit the market six years ago.
The medical device maker last week celebrated the opening of the Starr Atrium, a 25,000-square-foot space with wooden stair seating, sofas, a 400-inch TV screen and a coffee stand. The atrium next to the lobby will host all-employee meetings and serve as a collaborative workspace.
“We tried to have a comfortable place that any employee could use anytime,” Chairman and CEO Michael Mussallem said. “We wanted it to be something that’s attractive for young employees to say, ‘Hey, that’s where I want to work. That’s my kind of place.’ Our future success is going to be built on our ability to attract great talent.”
Edwards also has opened a four-story office building with a cafeteria last year and added manufacturing and open green spaces on the 15-acre campus at McGaw and Red Hill avenues.
In 2011, Edwards launched Sapien transcatheter heart valve, the first valve approved in the U.S. that doesn’t require open heart surgery.
Sapien, in its third generation now, is used to treat intermediate- to high-risk patients suffering from aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve opening.