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13. Thoratec
Thoratec
Rank: 13 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: Gerhard Burbach
Address: 6035 Stoneridge Dr.
Pleasanton, CA 94588-3270
Thoratec manufactures the HeartMate II heart pump. Doctors can implant the pump in patients suffering advanced heart failure to improve their survival chances and quality of life while they wait for a transplant. The company's cardiovascular unit nearly doubled profits between 2007 and 2009, driven by hearty sales of the popular pump.

Analysts say revenues could reach new heights. In early 2010, the HeartMate II received FDA approval for use in heart failure patients who are not eligible for a transplant. The company also makes blood coagulation test systems and other devices to treat severe cardiovascular disease.

--R.O.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 406.0 23 68
Net income** 35.4 ó ó
Total return ó 32 12
Earnings per share ó 119 9
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $38.77
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 35
Industry: Health Care
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 SXC Health Solutions 6 1,599.8
2 HMS Holdings 10 244.2
3 Thoratec 13 406.0
4 Almost Family 14 310.7
5 Intuitive Surgical 21 1,192.4
6 Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions 22 728.3
7 Illumina 27 692.7
8 Cubist Pharmaceuticals 31 585.1
9 Celgene 34 2,876.1
10 Luminex 42 128.3
11 Amedisys 47 1,584.6
12 Perrigo 55 2,157.7
13 China-Biotics 62 81.4
14 Mindray Medical International 63 645.9
15 Community Health Systems 81 12,355.6
16 Neogen 82 132.3
17 Bio-Reference Laboratories 89 409.4
18 Biogen Idec 91 4,449.7
19 LHC Group 93 553.4
20 ICON 95 886.9
21 Catalyst Health Solutions 96 3,023.4
22 Gilead Sciences 98 7,566.8
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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