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Every year, 800.000 babies are born extremely preterm (<28 weeks of age) worldwide. These infants are usually transferred to an air-based neonatal intensive care unit to support their heart and lung development. Exposure to air, however, leads to many complications, because the lungs are not fully developed yet. The perinatal life support (PLS) project aims to develop a novel, alternative environment,more similar to the mother’s womb. In this PLS system, extremely premature babies would be transferred to an environment where the lungs remain filled with fluid and the umbilical cord will be attached to an artificial placenta to improve their organ development and ease the transition to newborn life. This project aims to increase the chances of survival for extremely premature babies and not to change the viability threshold.

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Project

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Consortium partners

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Families

Families

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News item in ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’

Het Financieele Dagblad: Artificial uterus must fool fetus article. –Lex Rietman – 13 February 2021- The Netherlands is also working on the development of an artificial uterus. The TU/e – together with universities from Aachen and Milan – received a subsidy of € 2.90 million from the EU H2020 program for this. One of the…

PLS-complimentary project WOMBATH

PLS-complimentary project WOMBATH was awarded one of five Eindhoven Engine innovation projects Article translated and adapted from Linkmagazine (Dutch) With an investment of more than € 2.2 million, various innovative challenging projects with potential impact on society and the economy are given additional funds from Eindhoven Engine. Together these projects represent an investment of € 16.8…

Consortium meeting

First consortium meeting of the international project “Perinatal Life Support” On the 2nd of June, the first consortium meeting of the international project “Perinatal Life Support (PLS)” was held. Due to the current circumstances, the consortium meeting was held via teleconference. The PLS project aims to develop an artificial womb to increase the chances of…

Kick-off meeting

The kick-off of an international project titled “Perinatal Life Support” On November 13th and 14th, the kick-off of an international project titled “Perinatal Life Support” (PLS) was held in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This 5-year project falls under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 FET Open Program to fund projects on new ideas for radically new future technologies.…