Biomedical technology as a research area of ​​great importance for the future

The private university UMIT TIROL is organizing BMT 2022 – the largest scientific conference on medical technology in the German-speaking area

Hall in Tirol (OTS) The most important scientific conference on medical technology in German-speaking countries will take place from 28 September to 30 September 2022 at the Congress in Innsbruck. At the Congress in Innsbruck at BMT 2022, the joint annual conference of German (DGBMT), Austrian (ÖGBMT) and Swiss (SSBE) biomedical engineering societies, more than 800 participants are expected. The congress is organized by the Institute of Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Technologies UMIT TIROL – Private University of Health Sciences and Technology together with the Austrian Society for Biomedical Technology (ÖGBMT). BMT 2022 is the largest scientific conference that UMIT TIROL has been able to organize in its 20-year history.

Biomedical technology is a combination of medicine and technology with enormous innovative power

In preparation for the annual conference, the organizers invited to a press conference, during which they discussed the opportunities that biomedical technologies open up and the challenges facing scientists from research and medical technology companies. Due to demographic changes, technological progress and ever newer medical discoveries, biomedical engineering is a research area of ​​great importance in the future for the health care system and society. As a link between medicine and technology, it has enormous innovative power and enormous development opportunities. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 3,500 medical technology companies achieved sales of € 62 billion in 2020. In total, 240,000 people are employed in this industry in the DACH region.

On behalf of the President of the Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT) Priv.-Doz. MSc. Günter Schreier, Ph.D., successful enterprises, their added value and attractive jobs in the field of biomedical technologies are essential for Austria as a location for industry and healthcare in particular and for the citizens of the European Union as a whole. “The Austrian Society for Biomedical Engineering (ÖGBMT) sees as one of its main tasks the promotion of an ecosystem where new ideas and innovations for the healthcare system can arise from academic and applied research that can be transformed into successful companies into innovative products implemented in the field of medicine, health and life sciences, and ultimately made available in the care of patients and the population, ”said Schreier.

And further: “As the ÖGBMT, we also try to promote a balanced design of the regulatory framework and argue with the authorities over the implementation of the appropriate risk balance. First of all, we warn against improper tightening, which reduces the availability of medical devices. But the top priority is always the benefits and needs of patients and healthcare providers, ”said Schreier.

For the managing director of the Tyrolean location agency, Dr. Marcus Hofer, Tyrol’s economy is unthinkable without life sciences. More than 11,000 people work in this sector in Tyrol and generate an industry turnover of EUR 2.7 billion. “The medical technology field in the life sciences has for years been able to look back at above-average growth figures – over the past ten years, added value has grown by around seven percent per year. Industry also has enormous innovative power. All of this makes it particularly attractive to well-trained professionals from Germany and abroad, with employment rates rising by around five percent per year, ”said Hofer. This can be attributed to first-rate research and development coupled with targeted investments, visionary entrepreneurs with foresight, and the consistent networking of the best players. The Tyrol location agency wants to strengthen Tyrol’s image as an internationally recognized health center with the newly established Health Hub Tyrol, which promotes innovation in the fields of life sciences, medical technology, e-health, pharmacy and biotechnology.

Managing director of the Tyrolean startup “Occyo”, dr. Ulrich Hausmannsees great opportunities for start-ups in medical technology in the upheavals in the health care system. “For us, as Occyo, it is primarily a growing demand for low-threshold medical care in ophthalmology. We provide better prevention and treatment of common diseases such as dry and inflamed eyes. In the near future, there will be increasingly decentralized contact points where assistants and nursing staff will conduct simple routine examinations – networked with an ophthalmologist via telemedicine. This shortens the long waiting time and prevents, in particular, avoiding a visit to the doctor. This shift poses challenges to models for financing statutory health care and there are many serious initiatives here, says Hausmann.

Rector of UMIT TIROL – Private University of Health Science and Technology prof. dr hab. Sandra Uckert, is pleased that the scientists at UMIT TIROL can contribute to the success of medical technology and life sciences in Tirol with their scientific knowledge. “At UMIT TIROL, the area of ​​the Medical Technology profile with an emphasis on medical technology and medical informatics is an important element that we want to further develop and strengthen in the future. The main emphasis is on the development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) methods, which will become extremely important in almost all areas of medical technology research. Thanks to the interdisciplinary competence centers “Health Technologies and Artificial Intelligence” and “Modeling, Simulation and Decision-making”, we want to increase research competences at UMIT TIROL through research and networking projects throughout the university and thematic cooperation with medical technology and industry life sciences, with national and international partner universities and non-university research institutions, said Rector Sandra Ückert. Highly qualified graduates and scientists who develop medical technology in basic research as well as in applied research and development are essential for the further development of a medical technology location in Tirol. Rector Sandra Ückert: “To this end, UMIT TIROL will intensify training in medical technology in the coming years and further expand and network cooperation with Tyrolean universities.”

BMT 2022 – Scientific conference in the heart of the Alps

The three-day scientific program of BMT 2022 from September 28 to 30 includes program lectures, lectures, focus sessions, panel discussions and scientific poster presentations on broadly understood biomedical engineering.

“In addition to classic topics such as B. Imaging methods, modeling and simulations, implants and biomaterials, BMT 2022 will focus on current trends such as B. Precision and personalized medicine, digital health, artificial intelligence, medical robotics, wearables, bio-printing and sustainable development and climate change. ” Chairman of the Conference prof. dr inż. Daniel Baumgarten from the Institute of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering UMIT TIROLcongress program.

Since it was first held 56 years ago, BMT has grown into the most important medical technology conference in the German-speaking world. In addition to renowned experts, many younger employees also participate in the annual conference. The BMT 2022 is therefore the perfect forum for networking and engaging with other medical technology experts. Every three years, BMT also acts as a three-country conference for the DA-CH region, and in 2022 this cross-country meeting will be held for the first time in Innsbruck.

During the conference, more than 1,600 m2 will be available in the Congress area in Innsbruck, for a three-day industry exhibition, where companies from the medical industry, universities and non-profit organizations can present themselves. “There is a separate program for young researchers and students from the ‘Young Forum BMT’ the day before BMT 2022,” Baumgarten reports. The conference program of the BMT itself also includes formats – incl. B. “Lunch with the Leaders” – for young scientists.

Questions and contact:

UMIT TIROL – private university of health sciences and technology
Mage Hannes Schwaighofer
+43 (0) 664 4618201
johannes.schwaighofer@umit-tirol.at

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