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Zurich Heart: The Heart of Tomorrow

Heart failure is an increasing problem in western population.

The project "Zurich Heart" aims at the improvement and advancement of the current artificial heart systems.

A heart transplantation or the implantation of an artificial heart is the only treatment option for severe heart failure. 

Innovative components for transcutaneous energy supply, improved surface materials to avoid thromboembolic complications, highly efficient and adaptive regulation and sensor technology as well as hyperelastic hybrid membranes and soft materials will be the essence of the "Zurich Heart“.

Nearly 20 research groups of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the associated hospitals in Zurich as well as the German Heart Center Berlin and Empa are committed to the ambitious vision.

More information on the project

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Weiterführende Informationen

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Partner Institutions


Prof. Volkmar Falk
Deutsches Herzzentrum Charité
Klinik für Herz-, Thorax- und Gefässchirurgie
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 4593 2000

Technology Offer

After more than 10 years of research in the field of mechanical circulatory support, we are ready to make our innovations available. To support the transfer of the most promising technologies into commercial products, we offer licensing opportunities for our patented sensor and control technologies.


Support our research by donating for Zurich Heart! We are grateful for each contribution.

We thank our donators

The following donators generously support Zurich Heart:

Alfred und Anneliese Sutter-Stöttner Stiftung, Baugarten Stiftung, Georg und Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker-Stiftung, IMG Stiftung, Mäxistiftung, Spendenstiftung Bank Vontobel, Stiftung Propter Homines, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Uniscientia Stiftung.

The ETH Zürich Foundation and the UZH Foundation jointly support Zurich Heart.