ABOUT US


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FineHeart is a French medical device company focused on creating innovative technologies in the cardiovascular field. The patented FineHeart invention, the I.C.O.M.S. (Implantable Cardiac Output Management System), is a novel, wirelessly powered, fully implantable mechanical circulatory support device that is able to optimize cardiac output while preserving the heart’s innate contractility. It is a game changing therapy for long term circulatory assistance in severe heart failure patients.

FineHeart was founded by a team of internationally renowned cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, led by Dr. Stéphane Garrigue (ICOMS inventor) and Dr. Philippe Ritter (co-inventor of cardiac resynchronization therapy) and of managers with specific expertise in the medical device industry, led by Arnaud Mascarell (CEO of FineHeart).

These co-founders adopted a vision of making a miniaturized, fully implantable, pulsatile circulatory support system that would overcome many of the challenges associated with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) currently on the market.

The overreaching goal is to restore normal cardiac output and allow heart failure patients to return to a normal quality of life.

FineHeart is based in Bordeaux, within the PTIB (Biomedical Innovation Platform), which provides operation rooms equipped with imaging and operation systems for full acute animal testing.


AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM COMPOSED OF STRATEGIC AND MEDICAL EXPERTS


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Arnaud Mascarell
Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Arnaud started his career as a research engineer by Air Liquide in 1997. In 1998, he joined Medtronic where he had the opportunity to grow up in one of the world-class leading medtech. Senior executive with more than 17 years of experience managing sales, marketing, clinical, personal and merchandising at district and regional levels, Arnaud completed his academic training with a MBA from IAE Paris and a graduate from HEC Start Up. His taste for an entrepreneurial way let him co-found FineHeart in 2010.

Stéphane Garrigue
MD, PhD, Founder & Chief Scientific Offier


Inventor of the device (I.C.O.M.S.), Head of research on pre-clinical and clinical trials. Electrophysiological surgeon at the private St Augustin heart center in Bordeaux. Researcher in cardiology at the Bordeaux Medical University. Specialist in heart failure electrical treatments and hemodynamics (ventricular assist devices). Ex vice-president of the worldwide scientific congress of electrophysiology and cardiac stimulation – CARDIOTISM.
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Mohammad Haddadi
Chief Research and Development Officer


Expert engineer in fluid mechanics, pumps and assist devices (PhD). Chief of research & Development department (CRDO). Principal advisor in technics strategy. Mohammad brings 11 years of direct experience in this field. He is our lead pump designer and expert for CFD modeling of rotary blood pumps. He completed his PhD in conception and development of an intracardiac turbine to compensate heart failure, and has designed and worked with axial, centrifugal and mixed flow blood pumps, both extra and intra corporeal. Mohammad joined FineHeart in 2011.
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Lars Bredenbreuker
Chief Technology Officer


Lars is a physics engineer with medical background (paramedic and 3 years of medical school); 15 years of experience in medical device development management; LVAD (Berlin Heart / ECP); Catheter (B.Braun). He is German, his key skills are strategic management, managerial responsibility, project management, R&D and production of medical devices class 3 (CE- und FDA-accordant), regulatory affairs medical devices and international network. Lars left Germany and joined FineHeart in February 2017.

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Virginie Rivet
Regulatory Affairs Manager


Virginie is a regulatory affairs manager with more than 13 years of experience in healthcare product sector. She is also experienced in quality management system, project management and regulatory strategies. Virginie joined FineHeart in October 2017.
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Alan Cadiot
Quality Assurance Manager


Alan is a quality assurance manager with more than 5 years of experience in medical device field. He is also a former consultant in firms for medical devices from class I to III. Alan joined the FineHeart team in August 2016.

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Philippe Ritter
Worldwide KoL, MD, MS


In charge of FineHeart animal experiments (ICOMS) and Delivery System. Cardiologist at CHU (Hospital) in Bordeaux, President of CARDIOSTIM Created the cardiac resynchronization in 1994, a market that amounts to $3 Billion per year. Co-chairman of LIRYC, The Institute of Rythmology and Cardiac Modelling, directed by Pr. Michel Haissaguerre.
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Laurent Barandon
MD, PhD


Docteur Barandon is a cardiac surgeon, professor in Bordeaux Medical University, head of the department of cardiac transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support in CHU de Bordeaux since 2010. His clinical activity is especially focused in heart failure patients (acute and chronic) including temporary circulatory support, LVAD and artificial hearts with a special topic in mini-invasive procedures. Docteur Barandon has a strong experience in experimental research, especially focused on myocardial ischemia and heart failure and has developed several experimental models of heart failure in big animals.

Stéphane Garrigue
MD, PhD, Chairman of the SAB


Inventor of the device (I.C.O.M.S.), Head of research on pre-clinical and clinical trials. Electrophysiological surgeon at the private St Augustin heart center in Bordeaux. Researcher in cardiology at the Bordeaux Medical University. Specialist in heart failure electrical treatments and hemodynamics (ventricular assist devices). Ex vice-president of the worldwide scientific congress of electrophysiology and cardiac stimulation – CARDIOTISM.
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Michael Andrew Acker
MD, PhD (Penn Medical School, Philadelphia, PENN, USA)


Chief of the Cardiac Surgery Division at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Programs. He maintains an active surgical practice focusing on the care of patients with end-stage heart failure, coronary artery disease and valvular disease. He is a national leader in the use of mechanical assist devices as a bridge to transplantation or as permanent therapy for end-stage heart failure.

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Mandeep R. Mehra
MD, PhD (BWH, Boston, MA, USA)


Medical Director of the BWH Heart and Vascular Center and Executive Director of the Collaborative Center for Advanced Heart Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, he is Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Dr. Mehra has authored and published over 400 book chapters, manuscripts, editorials and abstracts focusing on all aspects of advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, treatment modalities, medical therapies and alternatives to transplantation.

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Jean-Luc Boulnois
Chairman of the Board


Over 30 years of international leadership experience in the medical device industry, where he developed early-stage companies, participated in an Initial Public Offering, and led several mergers, acquisitions, and financing rounds. Dr. Boulnois’ focus has been on managing high growth opportunities, either through innovation, unique business models, or strategic expansion. He is co-author of five books and more than 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles in applied physics and biophysics. He is bi-national, American and French.

Directors of the Board :

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Arnaud Mascarell
CEO and co-founder of FineHeart


Arnaud started his career as a research engineer by Air Liquide in 1997. In 1998, he joined Medtronic where he had the opportunity to grow up in one of the world-class leading medtech. Senior executive with more than 17 years of experience managing sales, marketing, clinical, personal and merchandising at district and regional levels, Arnaud completed his academic training with a MBA from IAE Paris and a graduate from HEC Start Up. His taste for an entrepreneurial way let him co-found FineHeart in 2010.
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Maria Berkman
Director and Head of the MedTech practice at Broadview Ventures


Maria Berkman, MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Maria is a Director and Head of the MedTech practice at Broadview Ventures. She shares responsibility for all aspects of Broadview’s investment activity, from identification and screening of new opportunities, through due diligence, negotiation of deal structure, and portfolio company board involvement. Prior to joining Broadview Ventures, Maria was a management consultant at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), and before that, Maria trained within the Partners HealthCare System at Newton Wellesley Hospital in General Surgery. Maria serves on the boards of 480 Biomedical, Adient, BioKier, Cardialen, FineHeart, Vascular Graft Solutions, Vectorious, and Zumbro Discovery. In addition to her role at Broadview Ventures, Maria contributes time as a SBIR/STTR grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and is a Strategic Advisory Board Member for the RAD BioMed Accelerator in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Mario Caria
International Director Senior Partner at SOFIMAC Partners


He manages the International activity of Sofimac Partners for Funds Raising and Investments in Venture Technology with focus on Life Science. He sat as Executive member of numerous Boards and Committee of Institutions and companies in France UK Belgium and Italy. He currently serves as non-executive board member of a variety of device, diagnostic and drug development companies in the areas of Cardiovascular, Ophtalmology, Urogenital, Oncology, Surgery. Prior to Sofimac, Mario funded and ran as CEO and CSO companies in imaging, in vitro and molecular diagnostic. With an Academic he held several Lecturer Posts and Chairs in Switzerland, France and Italy in various areas including Medical Physics and Health Technology Assessment and signed 4 books, 5 patents and over 150 peer review articles. He holds an Executive MBA from Basel University Switzerland, a Harvard Business School Certificate in Marketing and numerous Diplomas from several schools in USA Canada Germany and Switzerland.
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Philippe Plas
Director, co-founder of FineHeart


More than a 20-year experience as a Key account manager in "Cardiology Rhythm Management division" for EDWARDS, SORIN GROUP, and MEDTRONIC. Expert in Pacemaker, ICD and Resynchronization therapies market development. Co-founder and manager of STIMUPRAT EDITIONS and EDUPRAT TRAINING companies dedicated on entirely new ways of numerical medical education.

Observers of the Board :

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Jean-Michel Petit
Investment Director and Investment Manager at IRDINOV


Jean-Michel is a partner at IRDI SORIDEC GESTION in the venture capital practice since 2003. He serves on the boards of several portfolio companies such as Gamamabs, Fineheart, EnobraQ, Aelis Farma, Exagan, Ixaltis, Advicenne and LNC Therapeutics. Before joining IRDI SORIDEC Gestion, Jean-Michel spent 4 years with CDP capital’s Life Science venture capital team based first in Montreal and then in Paris. In this position, he made a range of international investments mostly in the US. Before joining CDP Capital, he worked for a regional fund based in Montreal. Jean-Michel graduated from Chimie ParisTech and holds an MSc degree from Montreal university and MBA from McGill.
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Alexandre Scherer
Investment Director at MCapital


MBA Havard, PhD in Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences – University of Paris, René Descartes Serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist with 15 years of experience in the United States, Alexandre is passionate about innovation and has won the New Venture Competition at Harvard Business School. Alexandre started his career in Boston, in the biotech sector, meeting and evaluating start-ups before taking part in the first wave of Internet marketing. He is co-founder of ZEFER (now a subsidiary of NEC) a full-service digital agency. In 2010, he joined Cue Ball, the venture capital fund specializing in B2B innovation (Business Information Services, Digital Media, Enterprise Internet). He also served on the Board of Directors of Epic Burger and accompanied the CEO of MiniLuxe to prepare the geographic expansion of the brand in Texas, start a $ 23 million fundraising and develop an application allowing uberisation of his industry. In the margins of his entrepreneurial career he accompanied an engineering school in Lyon (ECAM) on the implementation of his strategic plan, the launch of an investment plan of 30 M € and the teaching of a course on startups, venture capital and entrepreneurship.
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Philippe Ritter
Medical Adviser and co-founder of FineHeart


In charge of FineHeart animal experiments (I.C.O.M.S.) and Delivery System. Cardiologist at Bordeaux medical University, co-president of CARDIOTISM. Developed the cardiac resynchronization since 1994, a market that amounts to $3 Billion per year. Member of LIRYC, the Institute of Rythmology and Cardiac Modelling, directed by Pr Michel Haissaguerre.
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Pierre Arnaud
Director of Investments of GALIA Gestion


An engineer by training and a graduate of EIGSI and ESC Bordeaux, Pierre ARNAUD began his career in 2002 in the automotive industry. For 8 years, he held management positions in purchasing and quality within three leading equipment manufacturers, particularly in the PSA and Fiat groups. After a master's degree in business school, Pierre joined Sodica Corporate Finance (Crédit Agricole Group) in Bordeaux where he advises business leaders on their top-of-the-line issues. It will put at their service its dual industrial and financial competence, he will carry out several operations of sale, acquisition, fundraising, LBO between 2010 and 2014. Pierre joined the GALIA Gestion team in 2015 as Account Manager, then as Director of Investments since January 2018.