Aselsan and Bıçakçılar to Develop Cardiopulmonary Bypass Machine

Issue 99 - June 2020

May 5, 2020, Aselsan and Bıçakcılar have signed a partnership agreement to nationally develop a cardiopulmonary bypass machine utilized in open-heart surgeries.

Within the framework of this strategic cooperation on the production of a very critical machine that takes over the function of the heart and lungs in open heart surgeries, Aselsan and Bıçakçılar (Turkey’s biggest medical device manufacturer with more than 60 years of knowhow in production and commercialization) aim to reverse the import-export balance and to render the state-of-the-art healthcare services accessible through localization.

“We believe that our new product, which is to be developed with Bıçakcılar’s knowhow and expertise in the medical device field and with our engineering capacity, will create real value for human life”, said İbrahim BEKAR, Aselsan Transportation, Security, Energy, Automation and Health Systems Vice President. 

“Cardiovascular Surgery is one of our areas of expertise and combining our expertise with Aselsan's impeccable engineering capacity will lead not only to the production of a state-of-the-art device but also providing access to solutions  for cardiovascular surgery in the medical device market”, said Bıçakcılar Medical Devices CEO Dr. Souheil El HAKIM.

The technical details of the machine have been determined during the design phase carried out by the R&D teams of the two organizations. With the new product, meeting the needs of the domestic market is the primary objective, then in the next stage the product is planned to be sold throughout the world.