The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region, with its global players and its Medical Valley partner network, is already seen as a Bavarian lighthouse for the medical technology industry with great international visibility. The Fraunhofer IIS Center for Sensor Technology and Digital Medicine broadens this spectrum. This is where novel smart health technologies will be developed and validated in a clinical environment, in part using AI-based solutions. The center is headed by Matthias Struck from the Image Processing and Medical Engineering department at Fraunhofer IIS.
The Fraunhofer IIS Center for Sensor Technology and Digital Medicine, of which Matthias Struck became the head in October, represents a major step for him and for Fraunhofer IIS: “In my view, the center offers Fraunhofer IIS a unique opportunity: we can pool our core competencies and prototypes for medical technology in close collaboration with university and clinical experts and then translate them into targeted applications with industrial partners.”
The Center for Sensor Technology and Digital Medicine will develop and validate patient-centered health technologies and subsequently transfer them into viable business models for industrial customers. The goal is to significantly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of therapy and diagnostics. Specially equipped laboratories set up on the premises of university hospital will play a major part in achieving this goal.
Matthias Struck draws on professional and organizational experience
It’s clear that the center is expected to become a visible and recognized partner in the region and beyond for interdisciplinary research projects in a clinical setting. It also aims to establish a scientific reputation as a driver of technologies and expertise. This calls for the use of synergies on the one hand and a good project strategy on the other. Struck is responsible for the latter as head of the collaborative project. The know-how he gained from his studies in computer science with a focus on informatics in medicine will stand him in good stead. So, too, will the many years he spent working in the working group on Medical Data Analysis, where he focused on the development of algorithms and medical software for biosignal analysis. In 2016, he also became deputy head of department, thereby assuming tasks related to strategy development, customer acquisition, and the acquisition of third-party funding.
This wealth of experience means he is ideally suited to leading the Fraunhofer IIS Center for Sensor Technology and Digital Medicine through further collaborations with the university hospital’s specialist clinics and driving innovative business models for these new health technologies. His mission is “to prove through tangible experiences that our technologies truly add value for patients and the healthcare system.”