Event Germany Structural Change
Event Review: Pre-Medica Tour
Medical Technology Innovation Clusters in Germany
Prior to MEDICA 2018, the world's leading trade fair for the medical industry, Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) invited representatives from the medical technology sector in North America to take part in a "Pre-Medica Tour." The tour took place from November 7-10 and featured excellent yet often internationally lesser known medical technology locations in Eastern Germany. In cooperation with the federal states' economic development agencies, a diverse program was organized in Berlin, Potsdam, Magdeburg, and Leipzig. Following the tour, the eight representatives from the USA and Canada traveled to Dusseldorf to attend MEDICA.
The delegation came together over dinner on Wednesday evening to kick-off the tour. Thursday was dedicated to an overview of the German healthcare system and market provided by GTAI experts and the "HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg" cluster. This cluster organization connects players from business, science, and the public sector in the field of healthcare and life sciences in Berlin and Brandenburg. The delegation also had the chance to visit the Flying Health Incubator, which supports and matches digital health startups with established industry players. In addition, they could learn more about the new simulation and training center at Charité Berlin, one of Europe’s largest university hospitals.
Friday began with a visit to the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Brandenburg, a very unique digital engineering facility fully funded by the Plattner endowment. In order to account for the increasing digitalization in the medical field, the HPI has launched a Digital Health Center and a Digital Health Master program. Next, the delegation traveled to Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt. The Research Campus STIMULATE is a public private partnership focusing on innovative technologies for image-guided minimally invasive methods in medicine. The initiative is very open to cooperation with new scientific and economic partners at a national and international level. The Magdeburg part was concluded by a visit of the Fraunhofer IFF's "Elbedome", a mixed reality laboratory for large-area presentation of interactive visualizations.
Finally the tour traveled to the city of Leipzig, Saxony. During a networking dinner on Friday evening, the delegation had the chance to connect with representatives from companies, networks and economic development agencies from the region. US Consul General Timothy Eydelnant kindly welcomed the guests. On Saturday, the delegation visited the Porsche factory in Leipzig and received a briefing on the medical technology industry in Saxony. The investment by Porsche has been one of the lighthouse projects in northwestern Saxony and is a vivid example of the dynamic economic development of the Leipzig region.
We would to kindly thank our partners and hosts for supporting the Pre-Medica Tour: Flying Health Incubator, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Hasso Plattner Institute, Research Campus STIMULATE, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Brandenburg Invest WFBB, Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony Economic Development Corporation, and Invest Region Leipzig.