Berlin Heart GmbH develops, produces and markets innovative systems for mechanical circulatory support. With our products EXCOR® Adult and EXCOR® Pediatric, we cover the entire scope of medical indications. We are the only company in the world offering systems that can support patients of every age and size, from newborns all the way to adults.
Our systems are used for left, right or biventricular (bilateral) circulatory support: EXCOR®, Berlin Heart’s paracorporeal VAD, is virtually unrivaled in the domain of biventricular circulatory support. Designed specifically for children, our EXCOR® Pediatric product is the only ventricular assist device approved for pediatric VAD therapy worldwide. We have developed the implantable INCOR® left ventricular assist device for long-term support in adolescents and adults. Our first patient has been reliably supported by the system for more than ten years.
With our world-renowned products, we are one of the industry's market leaders. We aspire to develop pioneering solutions with the highest precision and reliability. Our developments are always geared toward the needs of our customers and the requirements of the market – and will continue to do so in the future.
We invest about half of our turnover in research and development projects. Using state-of-the-art technologies and professional expertise, we are constantly working to develop new products as well as develop existing products further. In research groups, we discuss with clinicians how the VAD therapy can be improved.
Berlin Heart products and services stand for high quality “Made in Germany”. We produce our blood pumps, cannulae and drives at our headquarters in Berlin-Lankwitz. Regular audits and certification processes prove the quality of our products.
With our products we support newborns and children, for whom no approved long-term support exists otherwise. Our sense of responsibility towards patients with heart disease is also reflected in our commitment. For example, we support Ronald McDonald's Charity Houses and are committed to an open discussion on organ donation.
We support our users during the entire VAD therapy: from patient selection and preparation to implantation and postoperative patient care. If you have any questions, our clinical specialists can be reached around the clock.
FDA grants premarket approval (PMA) for EXCOR® Pediatric in the US
INCOR® patient Wolfgang A. will be supported with the system for more than ten years, setting an INCOR® world record
Market approval of EXCOR® in South Korea
Market approval of EXCOR® Pediatric in Japan
The EXCOR® blood pump with bileaflet valves receives CE approval
The EXCOR® Pediatric 15 ml blood pump receives CE approval
The longest support period with EXCOR® Pediatric in a small child is 2.5 years
FDA grants HDE approval for the EXCOR® Pediatric in the US
The 500th patient receives the implantable INCOR® ventricular assist device at the German Heart Center
The daughter of the US football star Charles Tillman is supported with EXCOR® Pediatric until her heart transplantation – the case attracts great media interest
Full IDE approval (USA) granted for EXCOR® Pediatric, commencement of prospective multicenter study
Acquisition of Berlin Heart by a private investor and change of the company’s legal structure to a limited company ("GmbH")
Foundation of the US subsidiary Berlin Heart Inc.
The story of EXCOR® Pediatric patient Miles Coulson appears on the front page of The New York Times and marks the beginning of a massive US boom in demand that continues around the world
After successful completion of the multi-center study, INCOR® receives CE approval
INCOR® is used for the first time in a clinical trial. The heart of the then 42-year-old patient recovers so well that the system is explanted after just six months
Foundation of Berlin Heart AG through a merger with the predecessor company, Mediport Kardiotechnik GmbH
The mobile driving system Excor mobile receives CE approval
Development of INCOR® commences
Fehling Medical AG acquires the EXCOR® VAD system
Foundation as Mediport Kardiotechnik GmbH by the German Heart Center Berlin and private investors, CE approval of the EXCOR® stationary driving unit Ikus
1st EXCOR® Pediatric implantation in the USA
1st pediatric EXCOR® Implantation at the German Heart Institute in Berlin, Germany am Deutschen Herzzentrum in Berlin
1st EXCOR® LVAD implantation at the German Heart Insitute in Berlin by Prof. Dr. Hetzer
Departments: Finance & Administration, Research & Development, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Management
Mr. Friedel studied economics in Fulda and Berlin with a focus on Accounting & Controlling and Innovation Management. He has known the development of the Berlin Heart since its very beginnings. Initially Mr. Friedel was responsible for various international VC financing activities as Head of Finance. In 2006 he commandeered the sale of Berlin Heart to its current owner. Following the establishment of the subsidiary Berlin Heart Inc. in the USA in 2008, he took over the management of ECP Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH in addition to the commercial management at Berlin Heart. ECP pursued the development of a highly innovative percutaneous assist system for cardiology applications. In 2014 Mr. Friedel realized their successful sale together with a wide-ranging IP portfolio to Abiomed Inc.
Since October 2014 together with Dr. Ares K. Menon he manages the business of Berlin Heart.
Dr. med Ares K. Menon
Departments: Field Operations (Sales & Clinical Affairs), Clinical Science, Marketing & Business Development, Production
Dr. Menon was trained as a specialist in cardiac surgery at the University Hospitals in Düsseldorf and Tübingen. He then worked as a senior physician first in the University Hospital Giessen and later at the University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen in cardiac, paediatric cardiac and vascular surgery. In addition to the entire spectrum of cardiovascular surgery, the operative focus was on off-pump bypass and aortic surgery as well as cardiac transplantation. In Aachen he set up and managed the Department of Cardiac Support Systems. He has extensive and long-standing experience in the implantation of short and long-term VAD systems as well as in the follow-up care of VAD patients.
After starting his career at Berlin Heart in 2013 as Division Head for Clinical Issues and Direct Sales in Germany, Dr. Menon was responsible for Global Sales from mid-2013 and served as Medical Director. Since October 2014 he has served as Managing Director together with Mr. Sven-René Friedel.
In order to stay true to our values at Berlin Heart, we act according to the following principles:
In April 2015, users of the Berlin Heart system EXCOR® Pediatric founded the European EXCOR® Pediatric Investigator Group (short EEPIG). The group now consists of more than 50 VAD experts from 15 countries. The aim of the research group is to discuss and improve various aspects of pediatric VAD therapy. The biannual EEPIG meetings also provide a platform for the initiation of multicenter studies. A working group formed by the EEPIG deals, for example, with the topic of anticoagulation. A corresponding study, the Thromboembolic RIsk Study (TRIS), is currently in preparation.
Representatives of various European VAD clinics form the biventricular heart failure research group. At regular meetings, members evaluate approaches for optimal treatment of patients with bilateral heart failure. Within the research group, the prospective study "Successful support of biventricular heart failure patients by new EXCOR® Adult pumps with bileaflet valves" by Schmack et al. emerged.
Biofluid Mechanics Lab at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Berlin Heart GmbH are jointly involved in the project "Research on a pediatric VAD".
The aim of the project is further research for a pediatric VAD, enabling an explicitly tailored therapy in children. This includes, starting from the clinical boundary conditions for children, the design development of both the bearing and the pump, the validation of the concept and the feasibility studies for the system. Final step of the project will be the validation in an in vivo animal model.
The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
With its houses, the foundation offers families of seriously ill children a home near the clinic where the young patients are being treated. As we know how important family closeness is, especially for young patients, we support the foundation and in particular the Ronald McDonald House in Berlin-Wedding. As an annual Christmas donation Berlin Heart assumes the sponsorship for an apartment and therefore its maintenance costs. In addition, our employees get involved in a very personal way: amongst others with renovation campaigns, cooking evenings for the residents of the house or through specially arranged bake sales.
While the number of patients on the waiting lists is steadily increasing, the number of available organs has been declining for years. At Berlin Heart we know what the often long wait for a donor heart means for the patients. This makes us want to draw attention to the problem all the more. Within and outside of our company, Berlin Heart is therefore committed to an open and conscious debate on the issue of organ donation.
This charitable aid project gives children and young people access to IT and education. Berlin Heart supports Labdoo by donating PCs and laptops. The equipment benefits young people in schools, orphanages, child, youth and refugee projects in 107 countries worldwide. The hardware and Labdoo-added software allow pupils and refugees to take full advantage of the digital possibilities.