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Azienda Ospedaliera Luigi Sacco (SACCO)

University public hospital, encompasses education and research facilities. The unit involved in the project is the Cardiothoracic Surgery dept. Lead Scientist: Carlo Antona, MD, Ass. Prof. of Cardiac Surgery, head surgeon of the Cardiothoracic Dept. since 1999. Research interests: reparative surgery of heart valves, minimally invasive surgery, transcutanean procedures. Key competences of the unit: European leading centre for reparative surgery and minimally invasive/transcutanean therapies of the heart valves. With Polimi, it coordinates an experimental laboratory (ForcardioLab) for the in vitro study of heart innovative therapies.