NASA to assist BiVACOR with artificial heart system

NASA Johnson Space Center has announced it will provide its risk-management services as part of a Space Act agreement with BiVACOR Inc., to assist efforts to improve the robustness and reliability of its Total Artificial Heart (TAH) system, the administration said.

The TAHA system is an implantable rotary bi-ventricular blood pump and associated external electronics.

The Reimbursable Space Act Agreement will utilize NASA´s expertise in Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) with an initial scope of work allowing NASA to provide a PRA to BiVACOR to help the medical industry assess the risk of advanced ground breaking high reliability technology for medical components that must operate in extreme environments.

The agreement with BiVACOR could have a significant impact on the medical community, by using NASA´s expertise in risk and reliability analysis.