Highlights: Interview with Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy, ProtomedLabs new  regional product sales agent, Karim Mouneimne, Medtec Europe, Training in your facility, Occluder and closure device testing, and more.
VNews - Cardiovascular Device Testing News, brought to you by ViVitro Labs

Gerry's Welcome

Congratulations to Mr. Tom Lavrijsen in Eindhoven, Netherlands for winning the iPad Air 2 in our Medtec Europe drawing.  

This issue highlights:
As always, I look forward to continuing conversations on how we can help you save time testing your cardiovascular devices.

Gerry Wight
General Manager
1 (250) 388 3531

 Training at your facility

Two day Pulse Duplicator product training at your offices is more affordable than you think.  

Essentials of the system including:
  • Assembly and Setup
  • Running the system
  • Collecting Data
  • Cleaning and Maintenance.
In addition to the Pulse Duplicator course, we also offer a one day HiCycle training course. 

Reserve your time today.

TVT Chicago: Meet with Dev

Dev Amatya, ViVitro Labs Senior Research Biomedical Engineer, will be attending TVT Chicago and hopes to meet with colleagues interested in catching up or confidential discussions regarding testing needs or strategies.  Contact Dev here.
Real Time Wear Tester

HiCycle bellows evaluation

ViVitro Labs is currently evaluating an improved version of the HiCycle Bellows. 

Testing is still underway, however, preliminary results indicate enhanced durability over the previous model. 

If you wish to acquire the new bellows for evaluation, please contact us and reference part number 21056.

New VIA user manual

A new User Manual is available for the Viscoelastic Impedance Adapter (VIA).  

The VIA works in conjunction with the SuperPump to produce more physiological ventricular pressures.  

A link to the User Manual form can be found on the Pulse Duplicator Accessories page.

PIV Testing Discount

For a limited time ViVitro Labs is offering an initial Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) assessment of your valve* for only $7500.  This includes images and video of valve shear stresses and flow paths and a results summary report. 

ViVitro Labs is the only ISO 17025 accredited independent lab for this service.

*Other devices may use this offer, contact us for more details.

Interview: Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy on cardiovascular mechanobiology  

Sharan Ramaswamy (SR), PhD, FAHA, Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University  

Sharan Ramaswamy (SR), PhD, FAHA, Assistant Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University), recently spent time with Rob Fraser (RF), Lab Manager, MSc. at ViVitro Labs.

In a follow-up interview, Dr. Ramaswamy talked with Rob about his Tissue Engineered Mechanics, Imaging and Materials (TEMIM) lab work, recent patent, and use of ViVitro equipment.

ProtomedLabs appointed product sales agent for Europe, Israel and Africa
ProtomedLabs is now the Europe, Israel and Africa sales agent for ViVitro Labs cardiovascular device testing products including: the SuperPump, Pulse Duplicator and HiCycle Durability tester.  

“ProtomedLabs is the ideal choice to represent ViVitro Labs test equipment in Europe, Israel and Africa,” said Gerry Wight, General Manager of ViVitro Labs. “Their central location enhances our regional logistics, visibility and current relationships immediately." 

Each company will continue to offer independent laboratory testing services in the region. 
Interview: Karim MOUNEIMNE discusses Europe, Israel and Africa market

Karim Mouneimne

Following the recent appointment of ProtomedLabs as the ViVitro Labs product line sales agent for Europe, Israel and Africa, we interviewed Karim Mouneimne, ProtomedLabs President & CEO, about the company, the Europe, Israel and Africa market, and plans for the future.


ViVitro at Medtec Europe

Over 690 companies from 32 countries showcased their innovations and new products at Medtec Europe. 100 industry experts gave presentations on a vast variety of subjects ranging from new trends in Additive Manufacturing to updates on regulatory developments. 

Vincent Garitey, ProtomedLabs founder and VP of Engineering, with Matthias Menne in the ViVitro Labs Medtec Europe booth. 
The ViVitro booth was staffed by GM Gerry Wight, our new area sales agent, Protomedlabs, and Matthias Menne, our former summer intern.  Interest was high and next year's planning is underway.  
Occluder and closure device testing products and services
ViVitro Labs has significant experience providing testing products and services for occluder and closure devices.  Testing applications including:
  • ASD - Atrial Septal Defect
  • PFO - Patent Foramen Ovale
  • VSD - Ventricular Septal Defect
  • PDA - Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • PVL - Paravalvular Leakage Device
  • LAA - Left Atrial Appendage
  • Shunt devices and others


New Transfemoral and Transapical Accessories

ViVitro offers two methods of deploying devices into the Pulse Duplicator: Transfemoral or Transapical access.

The Transfemoral and Transapical Access Devices are designed to accommodate up to 26 French deployment devices and mounts easily to a ViVitro Model Left Heart. Insertion of such devices can be done while the flow loop is operating under pressure.

Training Tips: Creating Valve Holders
Silicone device holders are recommended for mounting heart valves or other test specimens. ISO 5840-3:2013 specifies that in vitro test fixturing shall be designed to be representative of critical aspects of the target implant site.

The silicone device holders described in our new Training Tips document fulfill the physiological requirements, while providing a fluid seal between the device under test and the test system flanges. No matter what device is being tested with ViVitro Labs equipment, the procedure is very simple.
ViVitro Labs Standard Holder Moulding Jig.
As shown above, a custom pedestal is created to match the profile of the intended deployment location. This will create the inside of the device holder that will interface with the device. This pedestal is then placed into the ViVitro moulding jig, which shapes the outside of the holder to allow it to interface will all ViVitro equipment and create a waterproof seal.
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