EMDT_European Medical Device Technology

European Medical Device Technology, Spring 2015

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emdt.co.uk European Medical Device Technology Spring 2015 | 31 important industries for the area around Nurnberg. Today, there are 180 medtech companies active in the cluster, employ- ing over 16.000 people. Some technology pioneers in such areas as computed tomog- raphy, magnetic resonance tomography, interventional diagnostic imaging refractive surgery with lasers, lithotripsy, endoscopy treatment systems, sensors, medical infor- mation systems, and high-tech implants can be found in the region. A large number of local, highly specialized SMEs supply the medtech companies with electronics and microsystems technology, information and communication technology, optical engi- neering, and new materials. According to Jörg Trinkwalter, a mem- ber of the cluster's executive board, the companies benefit from the close coopera- tion with the 40 hospitals treating more than 500.000 patients per year and over 60 professorial chairs related to medical technology. Additionally, 20 research insti- tutes, including the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits and the Max-Planck- Institute for the Science of Light, currently collaborate in 45 joint R&D projects in the cluster. Common research has resulted in 110 patents. Over the last ten years, more than 100 medtech start-ups and univer- sity spin-offs were founded, according to Trinkwalter. Emilia-Romagna, Italy By the 1980s, the provinces of Bologna and Modena had become the go-to destinations for medtech companies in Italy. The former became a reference point for companies working in orthopaedics; the latter special- ised in the engineering and production of disposables for infusion, transfusion, and dialysis applications. In May 2012, however, a series of earth- quakes hit Emilia-Romagna, damaging almost 70% of the medical technology com- panies located in the province of Modena, causing infrastructural damages of roughly €500,000,000. The disaster, combined with cuts in public spending on medical devices that were approved in the 2013 Sta- bility Law, posed serious challenges to the industry in Emilia-Romagna, and, in turn, caused a tight economic contraction of the sector over the following year. Domestic sales are still suffering from the economic crisis. But in the first quarter of 2014, the sector scored an impressive 4.5% increase in export volumes for the region. According to the most recent data avail- able, as of 2012 to 2013, Emilia-Romagna is home to 392 medtech companies. Med- tech companies in Emilia-Romagna are primarily active in the areas of medical instruments for diagnostics and treatment (69.2%), technical equipment (10.2%) and IVD (in vitro diagnostics, 4.8%). As of June 2014, the region was home to 45 medical technology start-ups. Neuron Guard, for example, is an award-winning EUROFLEX GmbH, Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7, 75172 Pforzheim, Germany, Phone +49(0)7231.208.210, Fax +49(0)7231.208.7599, info@euroflex.de www.euroflex.de EUROFLEX is a globally leading supplier of high-grade semi-finished products, components and actuators from a variety of materials for medical and industrial applications: Nitinol (superelastic and shape-memory), Stain- less Steel, Ni-free Alloys, Titanium, Tantalum, Platinum, Magnesium, CoCr, Precious Metals, bioabsorbable Alloys, Material Compounds, Custom Alloys, É. These products are manufactured according to customer specifications and are available in a diversity of dimensions and specific properties. Typical applications are stents, filters, baskets, guidewires and flexible surgical instruments. EUROFLEX - your strategic partner helping you to create solutions. High-quality semi-finished products, components & actuators for the medical industry Nitinol Stainless Steel Titanium Tantalum CoCr Precious Metals Bioabsorbable Alloys Material Compounds Custom Alloys High-cycle fatigue Nitinol HCF See us at MEDTEC Europe Stand #7D10

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