MAVIS artificial heart to compete in Heart Hackathon in Japan

For the second consecutive year, the team of the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer for the Management of the Elderly and Healthy Ageing – CITT MAVIS (MAVIS), from “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi reaches the grand final of the “Heart Hackathon,” which this year will take place in Japan.

According to the representatives of UMF Iasi, the MAVIS team has qualified for the grand final of the international student competition for the creation of an artificial heart “Heart Hackaton,” which will take place in Ustunomiya, Japan, on November 12.

At last year’s competition, in the finals held in Dallas, the team from UMF Iasi received the “Most Advanced Artificial Heart Award.”

The team is made up of about 30 students from all study programmes at the Faculty of Medical Bioengineering and the Faculty of Medicine in Iasi, coordinated by dr. Alexandru Plesoianu.

Thus, the students have the opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting of ISMCS (International Society For Mechanical Circulatory Support) in Ustunomiya, to present their project.

“This year we have been working hard: we have a new innovative controller concept, we have done in silico tests and optimised the pumps, we have a mobile app as an interface and we have also progressed in wireless powering,” team coordinator dr. Alexandru Plesoianu told the press.

So far, the MAVIS artificial heart has received a great number of awards in Romania as well: “Medical Innovation of the Year” at the Romanian HealthCare Awards, “Excellence Award” at the Romanian Research Gala, 1st place at the “Game of Science – Romania” competition, but also abroad: yESAO Exchange Award 2024 and IQVIA – “Leadership in healthcare.”