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April 20, 2024

The artificial heart set to transform medicine – and the Aussie who invented it

Biomedical engineer Daniel Timms lost his father to heart disease. By then, thanks in part to the pair’s kitchen-bench experiments, the unassuming Queenslander was well on his way to inventing a permanent, total artificial heart.

April 16, 2024

The world’s most advanced long-term artificial heart is on the cusp of implantation

Using magnetic levitation technology, the world’s first long-term artificial heart won’t wear out, age or break. It’s small enough for a child’s chest yet robust enough to pump life into an active adult, and it’s about to be implanted in human bodies for the very first time.

February 20, 2024

BiVACOR® Receives $13 Million to Support Clinical Trials for the Company’s Total Artificial Heart

Grant From Monash University’s Artificial Heart Frontiers Program, supported by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund, to advance medical technologies for severe heart failure.

February 20, 2024

Australian Scientists Developing Game-Changing ‘Artificial Heart’ for Cardiac Patients

BiVACOR Total Artificial Heart (TAH) is being touted as the “revolutionary, Australian-made, implantable mechanical device.

January 3, 2024

BiVACOR® Names Veteran Medical Device Executive Jim Dillon as Chief Executive Officer

BiVACOR, Inc., a clinical-stage medical technology company developing a total artificial heart (TAH), today announced that Jim Dillon has been named chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors.

December 27, 2023

BiVACOR® Appoints Veteran Medical Device Executive Raymond W. Cohen as Chairman of the Board of Directors

BiVACOR, Inc., a clinical-stage medical technology company developing a total artificial heart (TAH), today announced that Raymond W. Cohen has been appointed chairman of its board of directors.

Nov 29th, 2023

US FDA Grants the BiVACOR® total Artificial Heart IDE Approval for First-in-Human Early Feasibility Study

The study is anticipated to commence in 2024 and will pave the way for a subsequent pivotal study.

Mar 29th, 2023

BiVACOR® Receives $18 Million in Funding to Move the Total Artificial Heart Through First in Human Studies

Funds will support studies of its Total Artificial Heart for the first in human early feasibility studies.

Sep 14th, 2021

BiVACOR at Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

BiVACOR moves in to GCHKP to collaborate with Griffith University.

March 1st, 2021

Artificial heart co. BiVACOR nabs $22M in Series B, grant funding

Houston-based BiVACOR, a preclinical medical device company, raised $22 million through a Series B capital raise and a grant award.

May 19th, 2021

How to Build an Artificial Heart

Millions of hearts fail each year. Why can’t we replace them?

October 1st, 2019

NASA Johnson Space Center to Assist BiVACOR Inc. with Artificial Heart System

NASA’s Johnson Space Center is pairing with BiVACOR, Inc., to improve the robustness and reliability of the company’s Total Artificial Heart system.

August 22nd, 2019

This Maglev Heart Could Keep Cardiac Patients Alive

Inside Bivacor’s artificial heart, a levitating disk spins 2000 times per minute to keep blood flowing.

February 16th, 2017

The artificial heart that could replace transplants

Daniel Timms spent his childhood learning the mechanics of plumbing from his father. Today he is using that knowledge to create a ground-breaking artificial heart device with the potential to prolong the lives of millions of people with heart failure.

December 29th, 2016

Completely Artificial Hearts: Coming to a Chest Cavity Near You

For patients with congestive heart failure, mechanical replacements can’t come soon enough.

March 4th, 2016

Beating the odds – BiVACOR artificial heart: Daniel Timms’ stroke of genius.

A miracle small enough to be implanted inside a child so that they can walk, run, eat, drink, dance and live fully independently without a human heart and without a pulse.

December 5th, 2013

Living without a pulse: Engineering a better artificial heart

Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute are working to create a permanent artificial heart. The new heart device propels blood through the body, rather than pumps it. Two magnetic fields control the blades’ oscillations, which rotate about 2,000 times a minute.

July 24th, 2013

Artificial heart inventor honoured as QUT Young Alumnus

Dr Daniel Timms’ work was honoured with the QUT Young Alumnus of the Year award at the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards at the Brisbance Convention and Exhibition Centre this week.

April 7th, 2013

Donor brings inventor of artificial heart closer to Houston

Australian engineer’s device has lots of believers here.

The world’s elite heart surgeons have long and fruitlessly sought to develop a replacement for the muscle continually thumping inside our chests.

Could it really be, then, that a 39-year-old mechanical engineer from Australia’s Gold Coast will succeed where the luminous DeBakeys, Cooleys, Jarviks and Fraziers failed?

Some sharp people in Houston already think so. In fact, they’re betting $2.1 million that Aussie Daniel Timms is the bloke for the job.

Among the believers are Dr. Denton Cooley, who founded the Texas Heart Institute 50 years ago, and Dr. Bud Frazier, a surgeon there who has transplanted more hearts than anyone in the world, and a principal in the development of multiple heart pumps and artificial hearts.

December 1st, 2011

Thirty-one Queensland innovators win $50k each

An artificial heart and a modular bathroom for the mining industry are among the 31 innovations to win up to $50,000 funding as part of a program titled What’s your big idea Queensland?