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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Andreas Goetzenich
Project duration:
01.01.2016 to 31.12.2018
EU contribution:
374.200 euros


Mobile Autonomy for Children in End-stage Heart failure Therapy


The main goal of EIT MACH is CE certification and market entry of the new EXCOR® Active driving unit. Market entry is due soon, and it is expected to revolutionise how we perceive mechanical circulatory support therapy in the paediatric population. While the first year of the project created the necessary structures and networks, the second year of the project was mainly devoted to testing and education.

Testing has picked up speed. In a parallel setting of both human and animal blood testing, the effects of the alternative pressure curve induced by the new driver unit were analysed with regard to haemocompatibility, to shear stress and to activation of the coagulation cascade.

The educational work involved initiation of a platform for health care professionals and private persons to be trained on paediatric mechanical circulatory support. One of the main outputs of the final year of the EIT MACH action will be the release of the educational platform, which offers training for health care professionals, patients, their families and caregivers.


  • Newcastle University, United Kingdom