Edwards Lifesciences is a global medical device company that specializes in the design, manufacture, and distribution of heart valve systems and critical care monitoring technologies. The company was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. Edwards Lifesciences is best known for its heart valves, which are used to replace or repair damaged valves in the heart. They also offer products for structural heart diseases, critical care, and vascular access. The company's products are used in both surgical and transcatheter procedures, and are intended to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Edwards Lifesciences operates in over 100 countries worldwide, and is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EW).