Make a Heart. Save a Heart.
A global stem cell
biotechnology company
dedicated to
engineer bioartificial
human heart prototypes
using state-of-the-art stem cell
and bioengineering approaches.
WHY ARE WE HERE
To Revolutionize Drug Discovery

To Revolutionize Drug Discovery

The discovery and development of novel drugs and therapeutics for heart diseases continues to be an unacceptably inefficient process. A major reason has been due to the lack of appropriate human models to simulate the normal and pathological human heart. Traditional animal models such as rodents, dogs and pigs are accessible but major species differences in the cardiac anatomy and function exist. What works in animals may be ineffective or even lethal in humans.

To Reduce Patient Harm

To Reduce Patient Harm

Development of drugs and therapeutics is both risky and costly. Numerous drugs have been withdrawn from the market because of adverse clinical side effects and risks to patients. Cardiotoxicity is a common leading cause, even for drugs not for the heart. As an example, in the Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial (CAST) conducted between 1986 and 1998, several “anti-arrhythmics” were found to unexpectedly increase mortality by causing lethal arrhythmias after testing in over 1700 patients. With Novoheart’s proprietary technology, the pro-arrhythmic properties of failed CAST drugs such as flecainide could be readily detected, with assessed risks comparable to what was clinically observed (Shum et al 2016, Advanced Materials).

To Maximize Successes

To Maximize Successes

In addition to patient health, a single drug withdrawal typically costs 10+ years and an economical investment of USD2-3 billion. Not only does an early detection minimize potential patient harm, it also enables resources to be focused on post-discovery fine-tuning for maximizing benefits and successes.

To Pioneer Next-Generation Cardiac Tissue Engineering

To Pioneer Next-Generation Cardiac Tissue Engineering

A heart is a heart; cells are not an organ. Although pharmaceutical companies have become increasingly interested in using human stem cells and/or their derivatives for screening, conventional tests are typically conducted with 2D cell cultures; there are some 3-D systems available but NONE reproduces the 3D chamber architecture and pumping capability seen in our native heart. Novoheart’s bioengineering technology platform allows a range of clinical parameters to be readily measured, without human subjects. Our “human-heart-in-a-jar” is therefore not merely clinical-trials-in-a-dish. Indeed, our system could also uniquely serve as prototypes for next-generation transplantable grafts for regenerative heart therapies.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
TMX Group (Toronto) - October 12, 2017
BNN (Toronto) - October 11, 2017
BBC World (London) - September 25, 2017
Bloomberg (New York) - July 18, 2017
INNOVATION WITH A HEART
Discover about Novoheart's core technologies provide innovative solutions to challenges in drug discovery.
LATEST NEWS
2017.10.25
Novoheart strengthens North American presence opening new R&D location at the world-class Cove facility, Irvine, CaliforniaRead more
2017.10.12
Novoheart Holdings Inc. opens the market at TSXVRead more
2017.08.24
Novoheart receives an Internship Award from the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong GovernmentRead more
2017.07.31
Novoheart expands facilities in Phase 3 of Hong Kong Science ParkRead more
2017.06.26
Novoheart files provisional US patent application on artificial intelligence for detecting cardiac effects of drugRead more