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European Medical Device Technology, Spring 2015

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emdt.co.uk European Medical Device Technology Spring 2015 | 33 National Health Services, and attract fur- ther foreign companies and capital. Currently, the region boasts only the headquarters of a few multinationals, such as Smith & Nephew and GE Healthcare. It is also lacking the industrial backbone of medtech suppliers compared with the other clusters featured here. However, the Golden Triangle hopes to make up for this with the emergence of cutting-edge start-ups. According to the Isis Innova- tion initiative that supports start-ups at Oxford University, one company spins out of Oxford or is at least founded based on technology that was developed there every two months. One of many examples of breakthrough innovations from the region is the Cambdridge spin-out Owlstone Nanotech, which is developing a device capable of detecting lung cancer at an early stage by analyzing chemicals in the patient's breath. Tuttlingen, Germany Tuttlingen claims to be the world centre of medical technology. And the claim doesn't seem farfetched when one looks at the numbers. In a district of only 134.000 inhabitants, more than 400 medtech companies employ over 13.000 people. An overwhelming majority of the medtech companies have fewer than 20 employees, and more than 90% of the firms can be rated as SMEs. Surgical equipment manufacturer Aes- culap, part of B. Braun Melsungen, and endoscopy pioneer Karl Storz are among the largest employers in the region. Addi- tionally, there are many suppliers located in the region specialising in the manufac- ture of special purpose tools, polishing or galvanising that serve the medtech indus- try. The companies in the cluster cooperate in a number of areas. For example, they launched a common lobbying initiative regarding the new EU medical device regu- lation and published a joint position paper. The cluster also established a purchas- ing pool to reduce costs for its members. Additionally, they generate synergies by commonly conducting clinical evaluations for certain standard products. Several research institutes, such as the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen, the Hahn Schickard Society for Applied Research and the Fraunhofer Society are active in the cluster. One of the areas in which the companies and researchers cooperate is the growing importance of additive manufacturing in medtech. Zurich, Switzerland It is not easy to pick a single medical technology cluster for Switzerland, as one could argue that the whole country is one medtech cluster. The decisive factor to choose the canton of Zürich was the excel- lent research ecosystem around the Zürich universities. According to the statistical office of the canton, 360 medtech compa- nies are registered in the region, employ- ing 4.500 people. The number doubles if suppliers, service companies, and contract manufacturers are included. Typically, the medical technology companies are SMEs with 94% of com- panies, employing fewer than 250 people. However, several of the industry's heavy- weights, such as Biotronic, Sonova, Tecan and Zimmer Orthopaedics, are located in the area. The research focus of Swiss medtech companies is extraordinarily high. Accord- ing to the Medical Cluster Switzerland organisation, manufacturers spent 17% of revenue on R&D and their suppliers 11%. Zürich also has some of the world's most renowned universities, such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technol- ogy Zurich and the University of Zurich supplying an excellent skilled work- force. A number of technology transfer organisations and incubators such as BIO-TECHNOPARK Schlieren-Zurich, ETH Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab facilitate the cooperation between research institutions and industry and the emergence of start-ups. Between 2010 and 2013, 15 medtech start-ups were launched in the canton, among those were the win- ner of the Swiss Technology Award 2014, Aeon Scientific. Medical Cendres+Métaux SA P.O. Box CH-2501 Biel/Bienne + Where precision and liability unite to form a reliable source of implants. Cendres+Métaux is your specialist for implantable micromechanical compo- nents. Since many decades we work particularly precise where precision is not only a crucial element but an essential requirement. In medical technology where precision applies to all activities and to each and every process, consist- ent quality is not just a given fact. It's a hard earned asset. Energizing. Determined. Enriching. www.cmsa.ch/medical See us at MEDTEC Europe Stand #7C40

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