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19 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
Tuebingen, Germany

AI and 3D printing are shaping the future of medical technology

BioRegio STERN Management GmbH, partner in the EU S3martMed development project, hosted an international innovation workshop titled "S3martMed needs SmartTech". In live operations at the Institute of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Analysis in Tübingen, participants gained authentic insights into medical needs. The entrepreneurs from Europe and Japan also saw how artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing are set to transform medical Technology and were able to forge international links for relevant collaboration projects funded as part of S3martMed.

S3martMed Business Brokerage Event. They had the opportunity to talk with medical directors and consultants during live-streamed surgery and practical exercises in the operating theatre at the Institute of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Analysis in Tübingen and work together to develop new ideas for instruments and methods. Dr. Artur Ochojski from the Polish MedSilesia cluster and lecturer at the University of Economics in Katowice was impressed after watching an artificial heart transplant being performed live: "As an entrepreneur, you don't just see the current needs - it also gets you instantly thinking about the next level of development."

The participants of the workshop "S3martMed needs SmartTech" inform themselves in the OR. / Copyright: Zabel/BioRegio STERN

Under the banner "S3martMed needs SmartTech", attendees not only learned about current medical needs but were also able to look directly into the future of medical technology. In his keynote speech, Dr. Johannes Stelzer spoke about "Artificial Intelligence in Imaging". The co-founder of Colugo GmbH from Tübingen is carrying out research into the analysis and visualisation of brain data using AI at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, which is also based in Tübingen. "Today's imaging methods produce a flood of images that is often difficult to deal with," says Dr. Stelzer. "This is where AI technologies come into play, helping medical practitioners with assessments and Interpretation and thus improving the quality and efficiency of treatments."

Routine work in the laboratory can also be optimised using AI. Maximilian Hans from Intuity Media Lab GmbH in Stuttgart presented a next-generation intelligent digital lab assistant: "The Minimic microscope can be trained to evaluate a wide range of samples. This way, the Minimic becomes an expert itself for providing diagnoses."

Lecture at the international innovation workshop "S3martMed needs SmartTech". / Copyright: Zabel/BioRegio STERN

In his presentation, Oliver Refle from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA described the prospects for "3D printing in medical technology": "Many challenges of medical products could be solved by additive manufacturing in future. From patient-specific implants to printed disposable tools, applications with added-value are conceivable. But in order to tap this potential, companies have to be open-minded to new solutions. Additive manufacturing is particularly successful if there is a willingness to break new ground along the entire product life-cycle - from business models to product development and certification".

During the workshop, the more than 40 entrepreneurs and scientists didn't just experience live surgery and fascinating keynote speeches. They also made extensive use of the opportunity for international networking and for initiating collaborations to develop strategies and applications for 3D-printed implants and artificial intelligence in medical technology. When it came to answering questions about financing for these types of interregional collaboration projects, Hartmut Welck and Hicham Abghay from Steinbeis 2i GmbH covered public funding, while Dr. André Zimmermann from SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement mbH focused on private investment.

After all, new project ideas that are created in the S3martMed network are supported using a made-to-measure strategic plan to identify suitable funding so that an idea gives rise to a market-ready product.

The participants of the workshop "S3martMed needs SmartTech" use the opportunity to network. / Copyright: Zabel/BioRegio STERN

For those who had not the opportunity to participate, presentations are availabel via the following links:



1_smartmed_LO MORO_Herniamesh.pdf


3_SmartMed_Centre of biocompatybility_Kurtyka.pdf





Please do remember that you can directly refer to your cluster organization and ask for some facilitation or tailor-made support on the next level of the already started collaborations. We will soon come back you with more details.

BioPmed, Piedmont: Eugenio Mimosi - mimosi@biopmed.eu 

BioRegio STERN, Baden-Württemberg: Klara Altintoprak - altintoprak@bioregio-stern.de

BioWin, Wallonia: Joelle Gahimbare - joelle.gahimbare@biowin.org

Lyonbiopole, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes: Emilie Romeo - emilie.romeo@lyonbiopole.com

MedSilesia, Upper Silesia: Artur Ochojski - aochojski@gapr.pl


Closed since 17 September 2019


Elfriede-Aulhorn-Straße 8
72076 Tuebingen, Germany

Organised by


Belgium 2
France 4
Germany 21
Italy 4
Japan 1
Poland 9
Total 41


Large Company 1
University 7
Association/Agency 1
Consulting 3
Manufacturer 7
Service Provider 1
Investment/Financing 1
Cluster Organisation 6
Research Organisation 7
Hospital 1
Other 1
Total 41