Biomedical engineering

  • COMPAMED '18 Presents International Medical Technology Experts with their Future Trend Technologies

    Concept of the Sens-o-Spheres with power receiver, microcontroller and signal processing, battery as well as encapsulation. (c) TU Dresden

    The COMPAMED, which takes place annually co-located to the MEDICA in Dusseldorf, Germany, is an established and world-wide well-known marketplace for medical components and technologies. Every year, the COMPAMED asserts itself as the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing.

    Especially in the field of medical devices for mobile diagnostics, therapy and laboratory equipment increasingly powerful, smart and reliable high-tech solutions are needed. This is why the demand for miniaturization of medical components continues to grow steadily.

  • COMPAMED 2016 connected medical devices and people

    Materialise NV from Belgium speaking on “Innovation in 3D Printed Wearables” at COMPAMED HIGH-TECH Forum 2016. IVAM

    Miniaturized connected systems and outstanding business contacts: forming networks on both technical and business level was one of the key features of COMPAMED 2016, the international trade fair for suppliers and manufacturers of medical technologies. This trend was visible at and enhanced by the joint trade fair booth of the IVAM Microtechnology Network in hall 8a, the accompanying presentation forum and numerous B2B meetings between companies from Germany and Japan.

  • Heart examinations: Miniature particle accelerator saves on contrast agents

    Prof. Franz Pfeiffer and PD Dr. Daniela Münzel at the miniature synchrotron Munich Compact Light Source (MuCLS). Heddergott / TUM

    The most prevalent method for obtaining images of clogged coronary vessels is coronary angiography. For some patients, however, the contrast agents used in this process can cause health problems. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now demonstrated that the required quantity of these substances can be significantly reduced if monoenergetic X-rays from a miniature particle accelerator are used.

    Soft tissues such as organs and blood vessels are nearly impossible to examine in X-ray images. To detect a narrowing or other changes in coronary blood vessels, patients are therefore usually injected with an iodinated contrast agent.

  • International high-tech companies present their innovations together with IVAM in California

    22 times bending press This part is 10mm long with 22 bending pieces, the accuracy within ±0.03mm. By preparing 7sets of bending die in-house, our highly skilled engineer makes 30 pieces in a week.  NISINO SEIKI CO., LTD.

    For the fourth time, the IVAM Microtechnology Network is going to present a joint booth at the medical exhibition MD&M West 2017 in California from February 7-9, 2017.
    The IVAM joint booth will be branded as “Micro Nanotech“ area and can be found in hall C. 13 international exhibitors will showcase technologies and products that constantly make medical technology products safer, cheaper and more reliable.

  • Laser use for neurosurgery and biofabrication - LaserForum 2016 focuses on medical technology

    LaserForum is the annual German meeting point for laser experts IVAM

    This year’s LaserForum will be held on November 3, 2016 at NIFE, Lower Saxony Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development in Hanover, Germany. It will be titled "Laseranwendungen in der Medizin" (Medical Laser Appplications).

  • Launch of the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus: Research Beyond Disciplines!

    Model of the Pioneer Campus at Helmholtz Zentrum München  Source: HDR TMK Planungsgesellschaft mbH

    The visionary enterprise at Helmholtz Zentrum München is recruiting top international researchers from different disciplines to form an integrated operation taking on major disease challenges of our times. Under the leadership of Director of Biomedicine Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp and Director of Bioengineering Prof. Dr. Vasilis Ntziachristos, the first pioneer divisions will start as soon as 2017 to search for technological breakthroughs to advance medical research.

  • Nanoparticles as a Solution Against Antibiotic Resistance?

    Pharmaceutical PhD student Julia Ernst with inhalers of a nanoparticle suspension. Jena researchers are developing an efficient method for treating often deadly respiratory infections. (Photo: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU)

    Scientists from Medicine and Pharmacy of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany fight Mucoviscidosis with Nanoparticles. Around one in 3,300 children in Germany is born with Mucoviscidosis. A characteristic of this illness is that one channel albumen on the cell surface is disturbed by mutations. Thus, the amount of water of different secretions in the body is reduced which creates a tough mucus. As a consequence, inner organs malfunction. Moreover, the mucus blocks the airways. Thus, the self regulatory function of the lung is disturbed, the mucus is colonized by bacteria and chronic infections follow.

  • New High-Performance Center Translational Medical Engineering

    Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, (1. l.) and Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (4. l.), have opened the High-Performance Center. Photo: Ralf Mohr; Fraunhofer ITEM

    Together with representatives from industry, government and academia, Dr. Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, and Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft inaugurated the High-Performance Center Translational Biomedical Engineering in Hannover on April 25. The new Center is aimed at bringing medical devices from the lab into phase I of clinical development. The focus is on active implants – i.e. electrical stimulation systems such as cochlear and retinal implants – and technological solutions for inhaled drug delivery. The latter are systematically developed towards smart drug/device combination products.

  • New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

    NanEye - The award winning, smallest digital camera in the world, for disposable endoscope. CMOSIS Germany GmbH

    COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

  • Optics meets genetic engineering: Innovation Forum Optogenetics has started

    Using optogenetics, cells (here neuronal cell lines) can be individually changed using light. LZH

    Which potentials does the field of optogenetics offer? What are the future business fields and sales markets? The Innovation Network Optogenetics, which started in June, is out to answer these questions. A two-day session on November 28th and 29th, 2017, in Hannover, will bring together stakeholders from different technology areas, in order to bundle competencies and to create synergy. The network was initiated by the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH).

  • Patienten-Monitoring in der eigenen Wohnung − Sensorenanzug für Schlaganfallpatienten

    Bart Klaassen mit dem INTERACTION-Anzug. University of Twente

    Ab sofort können die Bewegungen von Schlaganfallpatienten während ihres normalen Alltagslebens genau erfasst und analysiert werden. Möglich wird dies durch das neue System „INTERACTION“, das Bart Klaassen von der University of Enschede gemeinsam mit einem internationalen Team von Ingenieuren und Pflegeexperten entwickelte. Dabei ist ein neuer Anzug mit 41 Sensoren und der technischen Infrastruktur ausgestattet, um alle Bewegungs-Daten zu speichern, zu verarbeiten und zu versenden. Dank dieser Technologie können der Rehabilitationsprozess verbessert und die Pflegekosten reduziert werden. „Die Technologie ist endlich bereit dafür“, sagt Klaassen, der hierzu am 30. November promovierte.

  • Physicists Developed Self-propelled Droplets that can act as Programmable Micro-carriers

    Development of a Janus droplet: The fluorescent microscope images show water-ethanol droplets in an oil-surfactant mixture with a fluorescent dye (scale bar 100 µm). Image: Menglin Li, Saarland University

    In the life sciences, researchers are working to inject drugs or other molecules into a human body using tiny “transport vehicles.” Researchers at the Saarland University and the University of Barcelona have shown in a model system that small emulsion droplets can be used as smart carriers. They have developed a method for producing self-propelled liquid droplets capable of providing spatially and temporally controlled delivery of a “molecular load”. The study was published in “Communications Physics”.

  • Scientists Characterise Cancer Genes Using Ground-breaking New Method

    Scientists in Vienna characterised important cancer genes using SLAMseq, an innovative method for visualizing sudden changes in gene transcription. IMP

    In a paper in the journal “Science”, researchers from the Vienna BioCenter combine cutting-edge technologies to decipher regulatory functions of important cancer genes. Key to this success is an innovative method called “SLAMseq”, which allows the direct detection of sudden changes in gene expression and thereby revolutionizes the way scientists can investigate effects of genes and drugs.