The Living Heart Project: Dassault Systèmes Signs Agreement with FDA for 5-Year Collaborative Research

Share this Article

Heart disease: its’ a terrifying reality for many millions of people today, and is the leading cause of death. An estimate from the World Health Organization pinned cardiovascular diseases as responsible for 30% of all global deaths in 2008 — that’s 17.3 million people. Costs for heart care are at an all-time high, and research into medical care tends to be both expensive and invasive.

A major, multidisciplinary undertaking is bringing together a huge community — consisting of medical researchers, practitioners, device 3DS_2014_Logotype_BlueSteel_RGBmakers, and industry regulators — into a project to create realistic 3D models of the human heart. More than 30 member organizations, including over 100 cardiovascular specialists, are participating in the project. The Living Heart Project has at its own heart a 3D heart model, which is powered by  Dassault Systèmes‘ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The Living Heart Project was announced this past May, and has seen some impressively fast progress, especially from Dassault Systèmes. The first 3D heart simulator moved quickly into beta test, and the efficacy of the device — a novel valve assist device — was validated. The 3D heart simulations are created utilizing echocardiogram, MRI, and CT scan images, as well as cardiac research data, and seeks a noninvasive way to understand the heart’s behavior.lhp-logo-190x150

“Dassault Systèmes has been involved in many simulation projects over the years – from automobile design simulations that help avoid serious injury, to studies done alongside leading researchers that study the impact of contact sports on the brain. The collaboration among multidisciplinary experts that led to the Living Heart Project ensures it will have a lasting impact,” said Scott Berkey, CEO, SIMULIA Dassault Systèmes. “With the contribution of leading researchers, medical practitioners and regulatory agencies, this project is another example of how our 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help improve product, nature and life.”

The latest announcement concerning this undertaking was made just today: Dassault Systèmes has signed a five-year collaborative research agreement with the FDA. The agreement with the US regulatory agency will initially target cardiovascular devices used to treat heart disease — in particular, the testing paradigms are to be developed for the devices’ insertion, placement, and performance. Pacemaker leads are among the devices to be studied.

“Through Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform tailored to address unmet medical needs, as demonstrated here in cardiovascular, we support generation of new healthcare solutions and collaborative practices that will ultimately improve patient outcomes and increase patient accessibility,” said Jean Colombel, Vice President, Life Sciences at Dassault Systèmes.

Living_Heart_Dassault_Systemes4 business wire

The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) is a part of the Living Heart Project’s development team, seeking to quicken the approval process of medical devices while spurring innovation, enhancing patient reliability, and lessening costs. Each member’s intellectual property is protected throughout the process, thanks to the technology crowdsourcing model in use.

The collaborative approach to this health-critical technology seems to be coming right along. 3D modeling brings the technology right to the fingertips of those who need it to understand to the best extent the intricacies of the human cardiovascular system. Thanks to this noninvasive approach, research can continue without requiring any difficulties on the part of patients.

living heart project

Let us know your thoughts on the Living Heart Project and its potential impact on the outlook for cardiovascular research in the forum thread at 3DPB.com.

Share this Article


Recent News

Fabbrix Introduces New ELEMENTO v2.1 for Industrial, Large-Format FFF 3D Printing

3D Printed Lockout-Tagout Tooling: Another Gateway App for 3D Printing



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printing Webinar and Virtual Event Roundup, July 27, 2020

A virtual 3DEXPERIENCE event is coming up this week, in addition to webinars on topics such as additive manufacturing safety, supply chain issues, printing intelligent parts, and more. 3DEXPERIENCE: A...

E.U. to Regulate 3D Printed Toys & Supply Chain

The European Union has taken a serious interest in regulating 3D printed toys. As additive manufacturing processes only continue to pick up steam, affecting nearly every industry in some way,...

EOS, BASF, Kupol (and 3D Printing) Big Winners of the NFL Helmet Challenge

The NFL Helmet Challenge has, for a number of years, pitted the best and brightest minds in 3D printing against a deceptively simple problem, making better helmets. Head injuries have...

Safety and 3D-Printed COVID-19 Medical Devices — An Interview with Veterans Affairs

In our previous article on the topic, we mentioned some broad guidelines that seem to have coalesced related to 3D printing medical devices in the face of the supply shortages...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.