BIOTRONIK Partnerships & Research Projects
PARTNERSHIPS & Research Projects
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EHRA Training Fellowship
EHRA White Book
SIMCor – breaking new ground in medical technology with computer simulations
Implantable cardiovascular medical devices are some of the most advanced, life-sustaining technologies used at a large scale. Their development, however, remains a major challenge. Computer-based (in silico) methods for development and validation of these devices can help to improve their quality, efficacy and safety, while also reducing time-to-market. In silico methods could improve access to treatment and minimize the need for in vivo studies such as animal studies and clinical studies.
In the EU-funded project SIMCor, BIOTRONIK and 11 partners from eight EU countries, will establish a joint and open digital research and development platform to support device design and validation along the entire research and development pathway – from in silico modeling and simulation to virtual animal and clinical studies. For this purpose, computer models of the heart and blood vessels as well as of the implants will be developed to investigate device fitting, vessel-device interaction and impact on blood flow.
The processes involved will be used on device implants from two representative areas: transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and pulmonary artery pressure sensors (PAPS). The resource can be used by device manufacturers, medical institutes, and regulatory authorities.
The project will also develop a method for creating virtual patient groups, known as virtual cohorts. These will enable new implantable devices to be tested using a large range of vessel anatomies, pathological changes in geometry and structure, and physiological and pathophysiological conditions such as different disease states and exercise conditions. These virtual clinical trials will help reduce the risk of adverse clinical events prior to starting real clinical studies, thus hopefully providing patients with safer and more effective medical solutions.
More about SIMCor: https://www.simcor-h2020.eu/
EHRA Training Fellowship for Physicians
The European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) is the region’s professional association for cardiologists and electrophysiologists. BIOTRONIK and EHRA offer joint training led by international experts for physicians and other health care workers in the fields of pacemaker, ICD and cardiac resynchronization therapy. The European Board of Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) accredits the program.
The EHRA White Book
We also partner with EHRA to publish the organization’s annual White Book, which presents the latest statistics and information about electrophysiology and cardiac rhythm therapy in Europe. Together, we analyze extensive data from 52 of the 56 member countries of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The reference book also includes up-to-date data about demographic trends and health systems in the various countries.
Learn more about the EHRA Whitebook here.