Topics 2018

Medical technology

Medical technology operates at the interface between technology, human beings and medicine. Engineering procedures and technologies are implemented to find innovative solutions for challenging medicals problems. The aim is to improve the patients’ condition and quality of life by developing innovative methods and products for diagnostics, therapy, nursing and rehabilitation.

Main topics:

  • Imaging diagnostics
  • Medical informatics
  • Implants
  • Bioprinting technologies / biomaterial
  • Endo- / Exoprosthetics
  • Cardiovascular medical devices
  • Minimally invasive medicine

Diagnostics | Analytics

Analytical techniques are an essential part of forensics and medical diagnostics. Sensitive detection methods for qualitative and quantitative assessment are developed, which allow a fast and precise diagnostics of infections, heart diseases, tumor diseases, autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders and other diseases.

 Main topics:

  • Point-of-care diagnostics / Home-care diagnostics
  • Lab-on-chip
  • Microarray and chip technologies
  • Biomarkers
  • DNA analytics
  • Companion diagnostics

New oncological concepts

Early screening, fast and clear diagnosis and targeted, individualized therapy is considered to be highly relevant for cancer patients. In contrast to classical methods (such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy), new oncological concepts contribute to a better understanding of causes and mechanisms of cancer. These methods will enable patients to participate actively in the progress in cancer research and to boost chances of effective treatment and healing process.

Main topics:

  • Clinical studies in oncology
  • Innovative cancer screening and therapies
  • Liquid biopsy
  • Checkpoint inhibitors
  • Biopharmaceuticals

Smart Medical Devices

Smart medical devices are used as apparatuses by doctors to diagnose and treat diseases. They combine classical biotechnological processes and techniques other sectors, such as materials science, electrical engineering, information science and communication technology. Smart medical devices and components are used primarily in health industry, hospitals or home environment.

Main topics:

  • Microelectronics and microsystem technology for intelligent medical engineering
  • Sensor technology
  • Smart materials
  • Digital Health und Industry 4.0 / Internet of Things


Bioinformatics provides technical solutions for information storage, distribution and analysis to support compound areas of scientific research (biotechnology, biomedicine, systems biology etc.) working with large and complex datasets. The objective is to develop effective algorithms that are able to measure, to simulate, to analyze and to predict biological systems and processes in terms of quality and quantity.

Main topics:

  • Big data management
  • Sequencing, genome analysis and mapping
  • Translational medicine
  • Protein modelling
  • Gene ontology
  • Epigenomic data analysis
  • Computational neuroscience