Connected Health in Medical Mountains - a Furtwangen University Innovation and Transfer Partnership
AIM OF PROJECT
The CoHMed Innovation and Transfer Partnership was set up by HFU with the goal of supporting regional medical technology in the long-term thus strengthening regional innovation.
There are few other areas are so focused on innovation as medical technology. To be successful on the market, medical products must be continuously further and newly developed. Demands on the products are continually increasing, the products themselves becoming ever more complex - intelligent system solutions are required. Digitalization, biologicalization and miniaturization are the technology trends which currently guide and produce innovation in research and development work in medical technology. To implement these innovations diverse skills and interdisciplinary collaboration are necessary. The many small and medium sized medical technology companies in the region are faced with a huge challenge as a result. Alone they do not have the necessary know-how. Cooperation and networking with new partners is necessary.
The CoHMed partnership developed out of the MedicalMountains and TechnologyMountains cluster initiative, as well as many regional companies in the medical technology industry. The partnership forms the structural basis for cooperation and at the same time provides impulse for future research topics to be defined and implemented collaboratively to suit individual needs.
The research areas (=impulse projects, IP) were decided collaboratively by partners from academia and industry. Various research initiatives will be carried out within the impulse projects.
IP1 IntelliMed: Intelligent medical Instruments
IntelliMed addresses a central area of medical technology: the development of intelligent and autonomous multifunctional system solutions. Research areas will deal with new methods of tissue repair, implantable actuators, with the coupling of light into endoscopes and the data fusion in operating theatres.
IP2 FunktioMed: Functional Surfaces and Biocompatibility
The structure and functionality of surfaces are very important in medical technology applications, e.g. in the sterilization capability of instruments used on patients. The focus of the research is the manufacture of surfaces for use in medical technology with innovative properties and the evaluation of the biological properties of surfaces.
IP3 HybriMed: Hybrid Materials and hybrid Processing for medical Technology
The impulse project deals with innovative production processes such as additive manufacturing, high-precision hybrid processing of materials, e.g. for implant technologies, and new methods of testing innovative medical products.
HFU Professors involved:
- Prof. Dr. Bahman Azarhoushang
- Prof. Dr. Paola Belloni
- Prof. Dr. Volker Bucher
- Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Deigner
- Prof. Dr. Markus Egert
- Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mescheder
- Prof. Dr. Knut Möller
- Prof. Dr. Hadi Mozaffari
- Prof. Dr. Margareta Müller
Companies, Cluster Initiative and Organizations involved:
- Aesculap AG, Tuttlingen
- ATMOS MedizinTechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Lenzkirch
- Carl Bechem GmbH, Hagen
- Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH, Aalen
- Diamant-Gesellschaft Tesch GmbH, Ludwigsburg
- Dinies Technologies GmbH, Villingendorf
- Gühring KG, Albstadt
- Henke-Sass, Wolf GmbH, Tuttlingen
- Tuttlingen Campus of Furtwangen University, Funding Society e.V., Tuttlingen
- JENOPTIK Industrial Metrology Germany GmbH, Villingen-Schwenningen
- Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlheim/Donau
- KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, Tuttlingen
- Kern Microtechnik GmbH, Eschenlohe
- Laborärzte Singen, Singen
- MCAT GmbH, Donaueschingen
- MedicalMountains AG, Tuttlingen
- Orthobion GmbH, Konstanz
- TechnologyMountains e.V., Villingen-Schwenningen
Project duration: 4 years from 2017
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and research (BMBF) through the "FH-Impuls" funding stream of the Research at Universities Programme (FKZ 03FH5M1IA).
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Knut Möller
Faculty of Medical and Life Sciences
Deputy Head of Institute for Applied Research
Tel: +49 (0)7720 307-4390
Fax: +49 (0)7720 307-4725
Schwenningen Campus, Room C 3.06