World Heart Corporation Announces the Election of a New Director


<p><location>SALT LAKE CITY</location>, <chron>Feb. 5</chron> /CNW/ -- (Nasdaq:   WHRT) -- World Heart Corporation ("WorldHeart" or "Company"), a developer of mechanical circulatory systems, announced today that on <chron>February 4, 2010</chron>,  the Company's Board of Directors elected  <person>Mr. Eugene B. Jones</person> to serve as a director of the Company.  <person>Mr. Jones</person> was also appointed as member and chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.</p>
<p><person>Mr. Jones</person> began his career with KPMG LLP in 1973 and was elected to the partnership in 1984.  From <chron>June 2000</chron> to the date of his retirement in <chron>April 30, 2002</chron>, he served as an assurance partner in KPMG's Silicon Valley technology practice.  Prior to joining the Silicon Valley office, Gene served in KPMG's <location>Frankfurt</location>, <location>Germany</location> office where he managed the US GAAP Conversion Team from <location>Europe</location>.  He has also served in the <location>San Francisco</location>, New York, and <location>Salt Lake City</location> offices where he worked with clients concentrated in the technology, banking, and general commercial industries.  Subsequent to retirement from KPMG, from <chron>April 2004</chron> through <chron>January 2007</chron> he was Chief Financial Officer of Amedica Corporation, an early stage company seeking to develop ceramic orthopedic implants for spinal and reconstructive joint applications.  <person>Mr. Jones</person> is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Utah, Schiff Nutrition International Inc. and Larada Sciences, Inc.  He has also served on the boards of the trustees of Ballet West and the Greater Salt Lake Area Red Cross.  <person>Mr. Jones</person> is a graduate of the University of Utah where he majored in Accounting.</p>

    About World Heart Corporation
<p>WorldHeart is a developer of mechanical circulatory support systems headquartered in <location>Salt Lake City</location>, Utah. World Heart's registered office is in Delaware, USA.</p>


For further information: For further information: Mr. Morgan R. Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of World Heart Corporation, +1-801-303-4361 Web Site:

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