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Medical technology is an advanced high-tech sector, constantly producing new developments for even gentler and even more targeted therapies for patients and futhermore to improve efficiency in healthcare.

Planned and organized by Forum MedTech Pharma e.V. and Bayern Innovativ GmbH, the congress brought together over 900 participants out of 17 countries.

Plenary sessionThe international congress with strong scientific participation has become one of the most important events in the healthcare industry. At the opening, Bavaria’s Science Minister Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch emphasized in a video interview with Prof. Dr. Josef Nassauer the importance of the congress as a platform for researchers, developers, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and clinical users.

65 lectures in the plenary session, in three parallel series as well as one workshop gave a very informative overview of the latest developments and innovations.

The Symposium "Medi-WING" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) added two further theme series to the congress. Emphasis was on the collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), whose Symposium Medi-WING was again an integral part of the programme. Three of the BMBF Leading-Edge Clusters were also actively involved as partners of the congress: the m4 Munich biotech cluster, the Medical Valley EMN and MicroTec Southwest.

NerlichThe plenary Session focused on Efficient Healthcare. Innovative medical technology is helping to reduce healthcare costs and improve efficiency in healthcare. Trends such as personalized medicine in the pharmaceutical sector, system convergence or complete provider on the provider side must be examined closely and their effects have to be evaluated by intensive secondary research. Despite all of these discussions, the direct benefit to the patient should not be ignored, stated clearly Prof. Dr. Michael Nerlich, Director of Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Regensburg and CEO of Forum MedTech Pharma.

KallooSurgical advances are now inextricably linked to innovation in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Endoscopy. Minimally invasive surgical procedures, partly through natural orifices (NOTES) protect the patients and reduce treatment costs. Miniature cameras with excellent image quality support endoscopy. Neuro-endoscopes, such as of Karl Storz GmbH, improve clearly the quality of brain tumor operations. According to Dr. Anthony Kalloo of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, these techniques have great future potential.

Microelectronics and microsystems technology is another driver for innovation. Smart Medical Devices support bodily functions, such as cochlear implants, which can restore the impaired auditory perception in the inner ear or retinal implants are able to restore sight of amaurotics again. New ways are also brain stimulation for the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis or spinal cord stimulation for pain or incontinence.

BoccacciniIn an aging society, the deterioration of joints, bones and cartilage increases strongly. The Biomaterials with cell-based techniques for the reconstruction of tissues is therefore of increasing importance, as Prof. Aldo Boccaccini, University of Erlangen, explained. He gave an overview of promising regenerative treatments such as transplanting autologous tissues or the production of silk textile implants.

Miniaturization, ease of use and rapid results are also trends in Diagnostics. The diagnosis at the "point of care" is a technique that allows testing of bodily fluids, without further sample preparation outside of a central laboratory. POC tests provide faster diagnoses and collect essential vital signs - independent of the location.

The series Targeted Therapies gave an impressive overview of a promising strategy for treating tumors. Novel drugs targeted against specific features of cancer tissue to protect the healthy tissue. New diagnostic techniques allow targeted individual therapies.

SankaiDigitization has revolutionized the processes in therapy and care especially in hospitals, via digital management systems, highly developed imaging techniques, new surgical techniques, personalized medicine, point-of-care testing or telemedicine. It is possible to improve patient care and reduce costs. In the series Future Hospital Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai, University of Tsukuba, Japan, showed the futuristic robot suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb), which is controlled by brain signals and enables immobile or very severely impaired patients amazing success in rehabilitation..

A workshop on Regulatory Affairs and Reimbursement completed the programme. In an accompanying exhibition over 100 exhibitors as well as 25 scientists presented innovative products respective their research in a poster session.

A highlight of the congress was the state reception at the Kaiserburg Nürnberg (Nuremberg Imperial Castle) at the evening of the first day with Dr. Thomas Bauer, President of the Government of Middle Franconia.

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