Interview: Dr. Bassil Akra on ISO 17025 and the differences in North American and European regulations
Dr. Bassil Akra
Dr. Bassil Akra, Director Clinical Centre of Excellence (cCE) at TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH, was in Vancouver BC for a recent ISO meeting and took the opportunity to visit customers and ViVitro Labs.
Rob Fraser, Lab Manager, MSc. at ViVitro Labs, spoke with Dr. Akra about the differences in North American and European regulations.
Rob Fraser joins Standards Council of Canada as Cardiovascular Working Committee member
Rob Fraser, Msc., has been accepted and registered as a Standards Council of Canada (SCC) Member to ISO/TC 150/SC 2 – Cardiovascular implants and extracorporeal systems (ISO 5840) committee. ViVitro is proud that our Lab Manager, Rob, is one of only two Canadian members on the committee.
“I joined the ISO/TC 150/SC 2 – Cardiovascular implants and extracorporeal systems committee to better guide ViVitro clients with any hurdles, keep up with industry trends and make sure our clients’ needs and concerns were addressed in the evolving regulatory requirements,” explains Mr. Fraser.
Introducing our new North American Major Accounts Manager
ISO 5840-1 and 5840-2 are released for publication
Cardiovascular implants -- Cardiac valve prostheses -- Part 1: General requirements, and ISO 5840-2:2015
Cardiovascular implants -- Cardiac valve prostheses -- Part 2: Surgically implanted heart valve substitutes were released for publication on September 15, 2015, during the Berlin working committee meetings.
Sales veteran, Doug Bigrigg joins ViVitro Labs as North American Major Accounts Manager. He is responsible for engaging with our customers in North America including Heart Valve development, Heart Repair Device development and Heart Research within Academia.
Doug brings over 20 years of sales experience. Most recently he was President and Owner of Argosy Communication Products providing international sales representation and distribution for a variety of two-way radio manufacturers.
Doug's career includes extensive sales engineering experience in RF design and radio communications as well as oceanographic instrumentation. Doug enjoys the outdoors, hiking, fishing and hockey. He looks forward to meeting and helping North American clients and welcomes emails or phone calls.
ViVitro at TCT 2015
Come visit us at TCT 2015 in booth # 1450. We will be featuring our updated Pulse Duplicator system with options for Mitral valves, QA / Production testing and our new flow meter.
If you would like to set up a time to meet during or after the show please email Gerry Wight. Rob, Gerry, and Doug will be in attendance.
Dr. Othman Ahmed Ali Smadi, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Bio-Medical Engineering, The Hashemite University in Jordan, receives his certificate of training for ViVitro Labs SuperPump and Pulse Duplicator from Gerry Wight at ViVitro facilities in Victoria BC.
Interview: Muralidhar Padala on turning mechanisms of mitral valve disease into new technologies and solutions
Dr. Muralidhar Padala
Muralidhar Padala, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University, and the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He directs the Structural Heart Disease Research and Innovation Lab focused on mitral valve disease and heart failure.
Rob Fraser, MSc., Lab Manager at ViVitro Labs, met Dr. Padala during a tour of the southeast US, was impressed with Dr. Padala’s work and use of the SuperPump in his research, and asked to share it with our readers. The following interview was conducted in late spring.
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Dr. Dominik Obrist
Joe McMahen conducts seminar in Beijing on August 25, covering ISO 5840-3:2013.
FAQ: 10 ways ViVitro Pulse Duplicator and HiCycle compare to equipment built in-house
By Rob Fraser
People often ask, “Why buy a ViVitro Pulse Duplicator or HiCycle when I could build something myself? How do they compare to equipment built in-house?”
My initial reaction is always similar to that of Dominik Obrist: “It’s more complicated than you think.” Dominik speaks from experience.
“Complicated” is actually short hand for “takes time, requires expertise, and ends up costing more.”
Read Rob's top 10 list of reasons to purchase a Pulse Duplicator or Durability testing equipment.
Interview: Dominik Obrist on biomedical fluid dynamicist approach to determining mechanistic causes
Dr. Obrist is Professor for Cardiovascular Engineering at the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research of the University Bern. His present research activities encompass several aspects of cardiovascular fluid mechanics (e.g. aortic valves, microcirculation) as well as other biomedical flow systems (e.g. gastric mixing, respiratory flow).
Dr. Obrist toured ViVitro Labs in Victoria recently. Lab Manager, Rob Fraser Msc., spoke with Dr. Obrist about his lab work in Bern, similarities in measuring different body fluid flows, and recent highlights.
Product Maintenance and Upgrades
ViVitro Labs offers 1 business day response to all service inquiries whether by email or phone for support or RMA return of failed products.
ViVitro Labs standard warranty is one (1) year and an extended warranty of up to five (5) additional years is available as a purchasable option.
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Europe, Africa and Israel Sales Representative
Karim MOUNEIMNE, PROTOMEDLABS SASU
President & CEO and ViVitro Labs Europe, Africa and Israel product sales representative, visited ViVitro Labs in August for several days of training with the entire ViVitro team.
The sessions were informative for everyone and Karim returned to France with the latest news and system updates. Contact Karim.