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In Silico testing and validation of Cardiovascular Implantable devices

Project description

An in silico platform for virtual device testing on patient cohorts

Research and development of healthcare products and devices is a time-consuming process that involves many steps. The EU-funded SIMCOR project aims to improve and accelerate the entire process through a platform for the in silico testing of cardiovascular implantable devices. The platform supports device validation through modelling as well as in vitro and preclinical experiments on animals. The validation is also performed by virtual clinical cohorts. Importantly, it offers the potential to test the device virtually in a range of clinically relevant pathologies or conditions. This simulation of device testing on human cohorts provides statistical credibility and is expected to shorten the time for the regulatory approval and commercialisation of healthcare products.


The complexity and speed of technological innovation, with increasingly short product cycles, creates huge demand for standardized best practices to apply in-silico validation methods in a statistically robust, repeatable, and efficient way. SIMCor will address this challenge by providing manufacturers of cardiovascular implantable devices with an open, reusable, cloud-based platform for in-silico testing to accelerate development and regulatory approval of their products. The platform will support device validation along the whole R&D pipeline: from initial modelling and in vitro experiments, to animal studies and device implantation and effect simulation on human cohorts. In particular, SIMCor innovative virtual cohort technology will allow to generate and expose new or existing devices to a range of clinically realistic and diversified anatomies and (patho)physiological conditions, also including extensive paediatric populations, meeting the critical need of testing devices in young patients. A standardized multi-level validation process and sensitivity analysis will guarantee statistical credibility for in-silico tests and the platform as a whole, proving solid experimental ground for regulatory authorities, thus accelerating approval and time to market for new products, reducing the burden of human and animal studies and boosting innovation at large. High-priority safety, efficacy and usability endpoints will be investigated, focusing on device implantation and effect simulations in two representative areas: transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and pulmonary artery pressure sensors (PAPS). Based on proof-of-validation results and regulatory approval for these use cases, SIMCor will define standard operational procedures (SOPs) and a generalised technical framework for the in-silico testing, validation and regulatory approval of cardiovascular devices, to be put at the service of researchers, medical device manufacturers and regulatory bodies.

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Net EU contribution
€ 943 750,00
Chariteplatz 1
10117 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

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