Health Care Innovations Through Innovation Networks
In the development of innovations, cooperation agreements are an important factor for giving companies and research institutions a competitive edge over their rivals. It was on this background that Forum MedTech Pharma e.V. was founded. Since that the association acts as a hub between science, business and research.
Forum MedTech Pharma focuses on the identification of skills and potentials in the fields of business and science. The aim is to initiate innovations in health care and thus constantly increase the efficiency and quality of medical care. All the players involved with health care are integrated into this process: Research and development, production, clinical applications as well as cost bearers and self-administration.
Areas of Thematic Focus and Projects
Within its theme-based networks, the association focuses in symposia and expert conferences on biomaterials, diagnostics, clinical trials, mobile & digital health, hospitals & clinical trials and the health care system. Regulation-related areas, however, such as approvals or the MDR and IVDR are also discussed by experts in workshops. The circle from scientific principles to marketing is therefore closed – an important feat in an industry with the highest proportion of exports in Germany. Accompanying exhibitions, as well as the joint stand at Medica, offer small and medium-sized companies the opportunity to present their innovations in a targeted manner. Further areas of focus for the network activity include the field of education and training in medical technology.
With about 550 members, Forum MedTech Pharma is one of the leading cooperation networks in Europe. Its member structure – 68% companies, 10% research institutes, 9% hospitals, 4% law firms and lawyers and 4% associations and insurance funds – reflects the heterogeneous nature of medicine and health care. Along with Germany, the association has members in nine other European countries, as well as in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and India. In the 20 years since it was founded, Forum MedTech Pharma has welcomed about 25,000 delegates at 250 of its own expert conferences. The speakers of that conferences support the activities of Forum MedTech Pharma free of charge with their expertise – just like the entire board of management, chaired by Professor Thomas Armin Schildhauer.