New artificial heart pump assists and repairs defective hearts
David A. Bull, Rafe C. Connors, Harold M. Erickson, James Yockman, and Sung Wan Kim have applied for a patient for their “Ventricular Assist Device” that is “Capable of Implantation of Stem Cells."
This description is also the title of their patient application, as found on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
A generic ventricular assist device (VAD) is a small battery-operated heart pump that is implanted near the defective heart within a patient in need of a heart transplant.
This VAD helps the defective heart to pump blood, which relieves the ailing heart of some of its duties, while maintaining an adequate blood pressure and blood flow.
However, this unique VAD, by these Utah inventors, also helps to repair the defective heart because it is designed to take in stem cells naturally found in the blood stream and inject them into the heart. These cardiac stem cells then go to work to make repairs on the defective heart.
Why is this device so important in the world of heart transplants? Please read on.
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William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University