France-based Dassault Systèmes is set to introduce first simulated human heart from its “Living Heart Project” on 29 May 2015.


The first heart model from the project has been developed by using Dassault’s simulation applications of 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The high-fidelity scientifically validated 3D simulator of a four-chamber human heart will allow device manufacturers, researchers and medical professionals to carry out virtual tests and visualize the heart’s response in ways that are not possible with traditional physical testing.

Dassault Systèmes, SIMULIA, CEO Scott Berkey said: "The availability of the first commercial, physics-based simulated heart marks a significant milestone for digital medical tools that will advance cardiovascular science and directly impact the quality of life of patients.

"The ‘Living Heart Project’ is proof that our technology can potentially change the course of therapies through simulation of the human body. We will continue to collaborate with the biomedical community and our partners to provide technology and applications that will enhance the experience for heart patients everywhere."

Started in 2014, the Living Heart Project includes 45 members, comprising regulatory science focused organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC), as well as technology providers, cardiologists, medical device manufacturers and hospitals such as St. Jude Medical and Mayo Clinic.

The project comprises well-defined anatomic details of the heart and proximal vasculature such as the aortic arch, pulmonary artery, and superior vena cava (SVC).

Dassault noted that the crowdsourcing approach allowed the heart model to be independently tested and included in peer-reviewed scientific journals by project members.

Image: Dassault Système to launch the first simulated heart model from its Living Heart Project. Photo: courtesy of Dassault Systèmes.