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EPO – Finalist 2016 Lifetime Achievement – Implantable artificial heart, Alain Carpentier

Alain Carpentier (France) 

Invention: Implantable artificial heart

Alain Carpentier, perhaps the world’s most renowned cardiologist, not only pioneered novel methods for repairing faulty hearts, he found a way to replace them. The 82-year-old French heart surgeon invented the Carmat heart, the world’s first fully implantable, self-regulating heart. Unlike similar prosthetics, Carpentier’s device mimics the heart’s natural physiology, adjusting the volume of blood it pumps depending on whether its recipient is active or resting.

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