New project granted: Perinatal Life Support System


Every year, 800.000 babies are born extremely preterm (EP; < 28 weeks of age) worldwide. A large proportion of survivors from this group of smallest infants face lifelong disabilities. Current treatment requires the preterm initiation of body functions for which the respective organs are not prepared.

The Perinatal Life Support (PLS) consortium envisions a medical device that can support the safe development of EP infants outside the womb by preserving the innate fetal cardiorespiratory physiology ex vivo.

The PLS is a Horizon 2020 project in cooperation with:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands

Universitaetsklinikum Aachen, Germany

Lifetec Group Bv, Netherlands

Politecnico Di Milano, Italy

Nemo Healthcare Bv, Netherlands

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