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ViVitro Labs Vnews TCT Fall 2014 now online

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ViVitro Labs Vnews Fall 2014The TCT Fall 2014 issue of  ViVitro Labs Vnews is now available online and includes:

  • TCT Poster Session
  • ViVitro at CCC and TCT
  • Robert T. Tranquillo Tissue Engineering Interview
  • New HiCycle Manual
  • HiTest Software Upgrade
  • Pricing Update
  • 2014 Catalog

 

Published on a  tri-annual basis, ViVitro Labs Vnews keeps you up to date on ViVitro Labs products, activities and events.


Interview with Robert Tranquillo: Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering

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Robert Tranquillo

Dr. Robert Tranquillo

VICTORIA, September 8, 2014 –To celebrate 30 years of ViVitro’s global leadership in cardiovascular device test services and products, ViVitro Labs interviewed Robert T. Tranquillo.  Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Department Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department at University of Minnesota, Dr. Tranquillo discusses his ground-breaking work on  engineering living tissue and his trusty SuperPump, along with advice for cardiovascular device start-ups and future academic faculties. The Tranquillo Research Group project is featured in Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 41, No. 12, December 2013. (more…)

Testing Tips: Shipping tissue valves

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We’ve collected tips and information on shipping valves based on our experience both shipping tissue valves and receiving them for the lab.  Here are some that may be useful to readers: (more…)


Ex-Vivo Simulator Poster Now Available

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Dev Amatya PhD, ViVitro Labs Senior Research Biomedical Engineer, presented a poster session covering results of research conducted with Matthias Menne (Helmholtz Institute) during TCT 2014. A copy of the poster is now available for download.

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HiCycle Durability Tester User Manual Released

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The newly revised HiCycle Durability Tester AR Series User Manual is now available online.   The June 2014 Revision of the HiCycle Durability Tester User Manual joins the March 2014 Revisions of the Pulse Duplicator User Manual PD-200 and SuperPump User Manual SR-200.   All User Manuals are available for download from their respective online product pages.

UPDATE JANUARY 2017: Pulse Duplicator, SuperPump, SuperPump VIA AccessoryHiCycle user manuals available on product pages. DAS user manuals for Pulse Duplicator and HiCycle products available on the software tab pages of these products. For other documentation on any of our products please contact Technical Support.


2014 Cardiovascular Device Testing Catalog Now Online

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2014 ViVitro Catalog

VICTORIA, JUNE 25, 2014 – ViVitro Labs announces the 2014 Edition of its Lab Services & Testing Product Catalog is now available online on the ViVitro Labs website.  The completely updated Cardiovascular Device Testing catalog features expanded offerings for Certified Laboratory Testing Services.  These services include:

  • Flow Visualization
  • Durability Testing
  • Hydrodynamic Testing
  • Customized Testing

On the product front, SuperPump, Pulse Duplicator System, HiCycle Durability Tester, Real-Time Wear Tester, and Data Acquisition Software entries include details on:

  • Features
  • Accessories
  • Applications
  • Specifications

ViVitro’s highly regarded Technical Services are also highlighted in the catalog.  They range from Training Courses to System Qualification and Customer Support. (more…)


St. Paul’s Hospital performs 1,000th transcatheter heart valve procedure

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ViVitro Labs congratulate St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on their 1000th TAVI procedure.  The following details and video are taken from St Paul’s Hospital and Global TV releases:

VANCOUVER, JUNE 5, 2014 – On June 5, St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH)  broadcast a live transcatheter aortic valve procedure – on an awake patient (not under general anesthesia) – to the Transcatheter Valve Therapies Conference taking place June 5-7, 2014 at The Westin Bayshore. This patient is the 1,000th transcatheter heart valve (THV) procedure by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at SPH.

“The Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at St. Paul’s is recognized internationally as a pioneer of innovative, minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedures that provide an alternative for patients who are at higher risk for open-heart surgery,” said Dr. John Webb, Director of Interventional Cardiology at SPH. “By performing this surgery on patients that are awake, we can reduce the stress of surgery and increase options to reduce people’s risk, improve results and avoid complications, and allow patients to return home sooner.”

St. Paul’s Hospital is celebrating a milestone in a medical procedure it pioneered a decade ago. The procedure allows for the replacement of a patient’s heart valve, without open heart surgery, by using a catheter. The procedure is relatively painless, patients recover quickly, and many remain awake for the entire procedure. They are also able to go home one day after the operation. Today, the hospital performed that surgery for the 1,000th time, live on video to a large gathering of medical specialists in downtown Vancouver.


Vnews Summer Edition Now Online

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The Summer 2014 issue of Vnews focuses on Saving Time To Market: PIV testing increases regulatory confidence of ISO 5840 compliance, Trade-In Your Old SuperPump, Ex-Vivo Simulator, Eliminating Noise on Pressure Signals, July Training in Victoria, In the News, and Team ViVitro Cycles to the Lab for #biketoworkvic.   Published on a  tri-annual basis, Vnews keeps you up to date on ViVitro Labs products, activities and events.


Team ViVitro Cycles to Work for #biketoworkvic

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Team ViVitro:  (L to R) Matthias, Janet, Marshall, Dev, Ted, Lori, Joe, Gerry.

Team ViVitro (L to R): Matthias, Janet, Marshall, Dev, Ted, Lori, Joe, and Gerry.

VICTORIA, British Columbia, May 28, 2014 – ViVitro Labs announces the entire ViVitroLabs team participated in  Bike To Work Week Victoria today.  Long-time participant, Ted Hodson, was joined by Joe McMahen, Gerry Wight, Matthias Menne, Lori Woodman, Janet Murray, Dev Amatya, and Marshall Kilduff.  Rob Fraser, was out of office, but raring to return to his regular bike commute to work.

“Victoria is a great town for biking. We encourage healthy and ecological initiatives like Bike to Work BC with bike storage racks and on-site shower facilities at ViVitro.”  notes General Manager, Gerry Wight. (more…)


Interview with Larry Scotten and VSI’s prototype Leonardo

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Lawrence Scotten and prototype VSI Leonardo System

Larry Scotten and VSI’s prototype Leonardo
Photo: Laura Scotten

VICTORIA, British Columbia, May 22, 2014– To celebrate 30 years of ViVitro’s global leadership in cardiovascular device test services and products, we interviewed ViVitro Systems Inc. (VSI) co-founder, Larry Scotten, at our lab (VL) in Victoria BC. (more…)