A Million for Regional Medical Technology

From right to left: Thomas Albiez, General Manager of IHK SBH; Clemens Pecha, Managing Director of Hahn-Schickard; Hubert Wicker, Head of Department at the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, and Residential Construction; Prof. Roland Zengerle, Institute Director at Hahn-Schickard (Spokesperson); Rupert Kubon, Mayor of the City of Villingen-Schwenningen; Marcel Herzberg, Director of the Regional Association SBH; Prof. Yiannos Manoli, Institute Director at Hahn-Schickard


Baden-Württemberg State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, and Residential Construction approves funding to establish research and transfer center for assembly of medical microtechnology in Villingen-Schwenningen

Microtechnology and medical technology already enjoy an excellent standing in the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg region, and the strategy for regional development calls for their further expansion. Developed under the auspices of the regional association, this strategy was recognized in the “RegioWIN” competition in 2015. As part of the award, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Baden-Württemberg agreed to provide funding for several model projects in the region. Hubert Wicker, head of department at the ministry, presented a grant certificate worth around one million euros to Hahn-Schickard on 13 December. The grant will benefit the “Research and Transfer Center for the Assembly of Medical Microtechnology (MedAssembly)” the R&D service provider plans to establish and put into operation in the coming years at its Villingen-Schwenningen facility, located in the heart of the region. The grant will cover 70% of the costs (50% from the ERDF and 20% from the state) of purchasing technical equipment and infrastructure for the center.

“Our house is already distinguished today by a combination of expertise in medical technology and microsystems engineering,” explains Director Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle: “We now aim to expand our range of corresponding services in areas like assembly, testing, and failure analysis, as well as support for design and advice on system planning.” Those who stand to benefit most from these services are small and medium-sized medical technology enterprises in the region, because they need to produce so-called licensing samples in a “compliant assembly environment” for the licensing procedure and market launch of new products. That requires standardized organization and knowledge on the relevant licensing conditions. This is where MedAssembly comes in: The center will minimize the risks of product development for small and medium-sized enterprises and take care of assembly during the licensing and market launch phase. In the future, this could make the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg region into a “world medical technology center” that also plays a leading role in areas like intelligent medical products and smart systems for diagnostics, therapy, prevention, and rehabilitation.

“We are delighted to be able to count on funding from the ERDF program and the State of Baden-Württemberg in our plans to realize our project,” says Hahn-Schickard’s Managing Director Clemens Pecha, “because a project of this magnitude always carries enormous risks – and it can only be successful if the companies accept our offer and work even more closely with Hahn-Schickard in the future.”

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