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The latest articles, press releases and dossiers on medical technology in Baden-Württemberg

  • Article - 08/11/2016

    The ability to detect a broad range of conditions and modifications in human, animal, plant and pathogen genes is highly important in the field of medicine for diagnosing diseases and starting therapy as quickly as possible. Special laboratory equipment is currently required for such tests, which cannot therefore be used in private homes or remote locations. Chemists at the University of Konstanz have now developed a genetic test that does not…

  • Article - 03/11/2016

    An international team of researchers is developing an MRI-based method for the early detection of human brain tumours. The method is called CEST-MRI and it detects elevated glucose concentrations in humour tissues, quantitatively and at high spatial resolution. It does not expose patients to radiation, is non-invasive and relatively inexpensive.

  • Article - 26/10/2016

    Gene therapy approaches are increasingly being used for treating life-threatening diseases in humans. GeneWerk GmbH, a spin-off of the DKFZ and the NCT in Heidelberg, offers customised, high-resolution molecular and bioinformatic analyses that ensure the efficacy and safety of gene therapy and immunotherapy studies.

  • Dossier - 20/10/2016

    The digitalisation of industry affects the entire value chain. From individual products to digitising workflows in companies and connecting companies with clients and service providers via the Internet of Things – Industry 4.0 makes completely new manufacturing processes possible and requires new and specific business models.

  • Press release - 19/10/2016

    Around 600 people came to the ”European Health Science Match” conference in Heidelberg to listen to 100 leading up-and-coming researchers from all over Europe, each of whom had three minutes to present their current research projects on the diagnosis and therapy of disease.

  • Article - 08/09/2016

    In recent years, there has been huge technological progress in the analysis of genetic material: DNA sequencing techniques have been developed along the lines of faster, further, cheaper. State-of-the-art methods make it possible to handle large projects in a relatively short period of time. However, the error rate is still very high, and samples need to be sequenced several times to determine the correct DNA sequence. Along with research teams…

  • Article - 01/09/2016

    Scientists have developed a biotechnological process to produce bacterial alginate. The alginate quality is highly reproducible, making it suitable for the production of fibre-based medicinal products such as wound dressings.

  • Article - 29/08/2016

    Cells derived from suitable donor stem cells that can do the work defective insulin-producing cells can no longer do are the central focus of a European cell therapy project involving Reutlingen-based Cellendes GmbH as one of the partners. Cellendes develops a biomaterial that facilitates the mass production of cells and could potentially be approved for therapeutic use in humans.

  • Article - 27/07/2016

    Danger identified, danger averted – the better the dynamic changes of the viral genome are understood, the better the spread of the pathogens can be predicted, thus enabling more efficient countermeasures to be taken. A team of researchers from Tübingen and Seattle is developing an open source online platform that maps the evolution of viruses and identifies dangerous developments.

  • Article - 25/07/2016

    What happens in tissues and organs and how do they react to pharmaceutical substances? Three-dimensional cell cultures can reproduce reality far better than a single-cell layer can. With good reason. Reality is far from two-dimensional. A company called 300MICRONS GmbH develops films with tiny indentations that provide optimal conditions for cells to grow into 3D cell aggregates.

  • Article - 18/07/2016

    Trying to get a second opinion from a medical colleague who is at home preparing dinner may be quite a challenge, especially when the colleague does not have access to the necessary image data. This has now become easier in the field of radiology thanks to a mobile app called mRay, which provides a reliable way for radiologists to share medical images on mobile devices.

  • Article - 14/07/2016

    Millions of people worldwide suffer from high blood pressure. However, taking medicines to control high blood pressure does not work for everyone. Dr. Dennis Plachta and Prof. Dr. Thomas Stieglitz from the Department of Microsystems Engineering’s (IMTEK) Laboratory for Biomedical Technology at the University of Freiburg, and Dr. Mortimer Gierthmühlen and Prof. Dr. Josef Zentner from the Freiburg University Medical Center, have now developed a…

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