Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)

PolimiPOLIMI is the largest Technical University in Italy with a total of 2.800 staff and 42.000 students. The unit involved in the project is the Biomechanics Research Group of the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering. Lead Scientist: Alberto Redaelli, PhD in Bioengineering (1995), Associate Professor. Responsible of the Student Exchange programs for the Biomedical Engineering School. Author of 120 peer reviewed articles, local coordinator of 5 EU funded projects in FP6 and FP7. Key competences of the unit: cardiovascular mechanics, fluid structure interaction, mock loop design&manufacturing, microfluidics/lab-on-chip design&manufacturing, molecular modelling.

IMPERIAL College of Science, Technology and Medicine (IMPERIAL)

ImperialIMPERIAL is a science-based institution with an international reputation for teaching and research. The Unit involved in the project is the Biomedical Engineering Research Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Lead Scientist: Xiao Yun Xu, PhD in Mechanical Engineering (1992), Professor of Biofluid Mechanics and Director of Postgraduate Studies. Started her research career in biomedical engineering since 1989, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and supervised 36 PhD students. Key competences of the unit: biofluid mechanics and biotransport, biological systems engineering, nanoparticle technology.

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)

TU/eTU/e is a leading, research driven, and design oriented University of Technology. The Unit involved in the project is the Cardiovascular Biomechanics Research group of the department of Biomedical Engineering Lead Scientist: P. Bovendeerd, (10%), Dr.ir. Assistant Professor, in the field since 1985 on the computational and experimental analysis of the cardiovascular system and model-based diagnosis and intervention with emphasis on adaptation and remodelling. Author of over 50 peer reviewed articles in the field of biomechanical modelling. Key competences of the unit: experimental and mathematical modelling of the cardiovascular system.

Universiteit Gent (UGENT)

uGENTThe Institute Biomedical Technology IBiTech at Ghent University. is a leading centre for research in biomedical engineering. Lead scientist Pascal Verdonck, Part-time professor at Ghent University and CEO of private hospital “AZ Maria Middelares, local programme coordinator of one FP7 project. This institute includes the BIOMMEDA research group active in the field of biofluid, tissue and solid mechanics for medical applications. Lead Scientist: Patrick Segers, full professor, 25 post doctoral and phd fellows.” Key competences of the unit: numerical analysis of stent-related devices, experimental /numerical analysis of arterial blood flow.

Sorin Group Italia S.r.l. (SORIN)

SORINSorin Group Italia s.r.l. (SORIN) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LivaNova PLC. The Unit involved is the Cardiac Surgery (R&D Heart Valves). Lead Scientist: Silvia Pascale, Senior Manager External Funding. University degree in Mechanical Engineering – Politecnico di Torino. She has been working in SORIN R&D since 1987 managing more than 40 granted projects.
Key competences of the unit: Worldwide leader in Cardiac Surgery: The best European group able to compete at global level with US manufacturers. Nearly 40 years of real-world experience on mechanical and biological cardiac prostheses, development of revolutionary biocompatible materials as well as ideal haemodynamic design, high-tech bioengineering, exclusive technologies and the most stringent quality control represent SORIN distinctive approach to ensure absolute levels of quality and reliability while providing the best solution for healthcare professionals and their patients.

Philips Medical System Nederland BV (PHILIPS)

PHILIPSPHILIPS Healthcare is a world-wide reference centre in the field of medical imaging equipment. The unit involved in the project is the Dept. of Magnetic Resonance. Lead Scientist: Marcel Breeuwer, Prof.dr.ir, PhD. Principal Scientist at PHILIPS Healthcare Best, Part-time professor Biomedical Image Analysis at Eindhoven Univ. of Technology. In the field since over 25 years. Research interests: medical image analysis & modelling. Key competences of the unit: R&D in the area of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment and software applications for

Materialise NV (MATERIALISE)

MaterialiseWorldwide reference centre in the field of 3D printing and medical image data handling for engineers. Employing close to 1000 highly trained professionals. Lead Scientist: Eefje Verhoelst MSc., PhD.BME Research Project Manager. In the field since 2011. Research interests: Patient-specific cardiovascular applications from CT & MRI images.Key competences of the unit: software for patient-specific engineering based on medical images and 3D printing of medical models. TLEMSafe, AirPROM, A-FootPrint & CustomIMD.

Bioengineering Laboratories S.r.l. (BEL)

BELCompany with more than twenty years of experience in the design and manufacturing of disposable medical devices. Employing about 28 people, BEL owns manufacturing units equipped with ISO 7 clean rooms for a total surface of 400 m2. Lead Scientist: Francesco Greco MSc, President and CEO. In the field since 1980. Research interests: Design of medical devices, with particular reference to devices for vascular accesses; Key competences of the unit: Design, development and manufacture of sterile medical devices for Urology, Urodynamics, Heart Surgery, Haemodialysis and Advanced Therapies (disposable bioreactors and scaffolds).

FEops NV

FEopsFEops, a fast growing high-tech spin-off company from Ghent University, is a recognized pioneer in the field of physics-based simulations for minimally invasive cardiovascular devices and procedures. We apply this technology from bench to bed, by offering advice to medical device companies as well as to medical specialists and physicians. Our computer simulations have proven to provide medical device developers and manufacturers with unique insights, thereby speeding up R&D processes and supporting device safety. Physicians, for their part, benefit from new patient-specific insights that help them work more efficiently while, most importantly, improving patient safety.
Lead scientist: Matthieu De Beule, co-founder and CEO.
Key competences: Business development, computational biomechanics of minimally invasive cardiovascular devices and procedures and advanced geometrical (e.g. patient-specific) modelling.

LifeTec Group

LifeTec GroupLifeTec Group has a prominent position in high-tech cardiovascular engineering, providing complementary expertise, knowledge and state-of-the-art technology to the biomedical industry, clinic and academia Lead Scientist: Marco Stijnen. Key competences and facilities: cardiovascular engineering, offers dedicated (R&D) services in the field of biomedical technology. contract research, product and enabling technology development, consultancy, and medical device testing and evaluation.