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Global collaboration for accessible cardiac support

This is the first external heart pump device to be developed within China, a country with one of the highest incidences of treatable cardiovascular disease in the world. The MoyoAssist® Extra-VAD is the culmination of an ambitious global development program by Suzhou based medical technology start-up magAssist who engaged Cobalt for the device’s product design and mechanical engineering. As a Class III medical device, it will be used to treat patients with acute cardiac problems before, during and after heart surgery or to support life whilst a patient is waiting for a heart transplant.

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Design Objectives





The Team We believe good design happens by expert people working as a team.

Kynan Taylor Project Leader

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Rob Cuzner

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Graeme Marshall

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Steve Martinuzzo

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Andrew Fanning

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Davis Tolley

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Medical professional interacting with magAssist VAD Heart Pump in lab setting.

Cobalt’s international experience advances our medical technology to a market leading level – domestically and globally.

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Award Winner
Designers Australia Awards National Use Category Winner

Cobalt is honoured to have won the Use (Product) Category of the 2022 Designers Australia Awards for our team’s work on the magAssist VAD Heart Pump. We’re incredibly proud of both our and magAssist’s teams for their collaborative approach to developing this life-saving device within an ambitious timeline and exacting standards.

Video created by DIA / Saxon Yuen

Commercial Impact magAssist aimed to develop a world class device, one that surpasses benchmarked products from leading global brands.

Create a competitive debut

Tight timelines

Compete on the world market

Establish reputation and creativity

Other Work