Business Area Medical Technology
  • Medical Technology

  • Imaging processes
  • Biophotonic therapy and surgery
  • Implants
  • Tissue engineering
  • Applicator design for diagnosis, therapy and
    therapy control

Our strength: Bundled expertise under one umbrella

We are researching, developing and optimizing medical devices, products and processes as a cross-sectional topic in almost all R&D departments. No matter what your question is: Our physicists, chemists, biologists, and mechanical and electrical engineers work together across the disciplines and departments to create your custom solution. They cover the whole spectrum of relevant disciplines:

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Imaging for diagnosis, therapy and research (microscopy)
  • Light-tissue interaction
  • Optogenetics & cell therapy
  • Applicator design for therapy and therapy control as well as diagnosis
  • Manufacturing technology for implants (design and surfaces)
  • 3D printing of medical products
  • Processing (forming etc.) of MT materials
  • Biopolymers, silicons, fused silica, ceramics
  • Shape memory alloys (nitinol), magnesium, titan, stainless steel, tantalum, platinum

 

Applications

 

Tissue Engineering by Two-Photonen-Polymerisation (2PP)

Component: Scaffolds

Substrate: Bio-compatible materials

Field of application: Reconstruction of tissue and organs

 

Manufacturing process: Selective Laser
Melting (SLM®)

Component: Micro-actor for Cochlea implant electrodes

Material: Nickel-titan (shape memory alloy)

Advantages: Bio-compatible, superelastic,
high ductility

Field of application: Medical implants

 

Device: Hand-held OCT-laryngoscope with autofocus and image stabilization

Diagnostic method: Examination of the larynx using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Image: Cross-section of the vocal chords

Advantages: No anesthesia required, short duration of the examination

Field of application: Applicator design for diagnosis

 

Surgical technique: fs-LASIK

Operation step: Flap creation (corneal flap)

Contribution of the LZH: Basic principle, feasibility, functional pattern and prototype
tests

Market share of the technique: approx. 30%

Field of application: Ophthalmology

 

Prototype design: Gold-nanoparticle assisted laser transfection (GNOME) for sample preparation. Suitable for all standard micro
titer plates

Advantages: High transfection efficiency, minimum impact on the target cells, high
vitality rates and short process times

Fields of application: Drug Screening, protein production and gene regulation

 

Process: Surface treatment

Component: Stent

Material: Austenitic stainless steel (1.4404)

Scale: Micro

Field of application: Medical implants

 

Regulatory Affairs and approval of medical products

Expertise: Consulting for regulatory issues, for the market introduction of medical products and support for document creation

Medical product directives: 90/385/EWG, 93/42/EWG, 98/79/EG and their national implementation

Fields of application: Medical technology and biotechnology

 

Device: Scanning Laser Optical Tomograph (SLOT)

Diagnosis: Examination of the proliferation and migration of bacteria on dental implants

Image: Superimposed raw data (green: distribution on the implant surface; red: distribution and absorption of the colored bacteria)

Advantages: non-invasive imaging, non-ionizing radiation with nontransparent material

Fields of application: Implant measure-
ment, surface roughness of 3D components