1Valve - One valve for life
This project aims for the establishment of an innovative, living durable heart valve, that in contrast to the available prostheses, bears the ability to grow and adapt throughout the patient’s life.
In situ tissue engineering is a promising new technology that enables the patient’s body to grow a new, living heart valve. This technique is based on (minimally invasive) implantation of a heart valve shaped, biodegradable scaffold into the patient. This scaffold attracts the body’s own cells from the patient’s blood stream and surrounding tissue, which gradually transform the scaffold into a living heart valve, that lasts a lifetime: one valve for life.