From 24 until 30 June 2012 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organised the press tour "Medical Technologies" for journalists from international media. They had the opportunity to learn more about German innovation in this field on a tour of university facilities, non-university research institutes, companies, and innovation networks and clusters in the field of medical technology.
Will researchers someday be able to regenerate the human retina and give centenarians back the gift of 20/20 vision? Will prostheses be able to replace damaged organs and sensory perception?
Demographic change has confronted the field of medicine and medical technology with ever growing challenges. Medical researchers are intensively focusing on new fields, such as imaging techniques, prosthetics and implants, telemedicine, surgical and interventional systems in medicine, in-vitro diagnostics, or cell and tissue engineering. The visible achievements of minimally invasive surgery, which have revolutionised the diagnosis and therapy of illnesses through miniaturised treatments and operative procedures, have demonstrated the potential of medical technology for public health treatment. As part of the health care industry, the medical technology sector significantly contributes to our ability to remain healthy at an old age and guarantees optimal medical treatment for all patients. With its large export market, the medical technology branch also plays a significant role in the health of the German economy.
Acknowledging the social relevance of this issue, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the national strategic process “Innovation in Medical Technology”, involving leading figures in politics, science, industry and the health care sector. It also made medical technology a focus of its international research marketing campaign “Research in Germany” in hopes of strengthening and expanding R&D collaboration between Germany and international partners in this field.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which has organised this press tour on behalf of the BMBF, will offer international journalists the opportunity to learn more about German innovation in this field on a tour of university facilities, non-university research institutes, companies, and innovation networks and clusters in the field of medical technology.