Hospitals of the future full of engineers
WiBEC at Silicon Saxony Day
WIBEC activities have been presented on June 20th at the 12th Silicon Saxony Day 2017. Themed "looking beyond horizons", this event brought together specialists, national and international companies as well as research institutions. One of the focal points was an expert session on „smart health“ where the possibilities and benefits of the integration of intelligent microelectronics in the health and medicin area have been discussed. Dr. Neumann from TU Dresden contributed with a talk on "Technologies for wireless in-body and on-body communication“ introducing the plans and efforts of the WIBEC consortium.
The first WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen
The first WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen, Germany, took place from 15 to 17th of May 2017.
The event, hosted by Ovesco Endoscopy AG, was a great success and provided a wide range of knowledge regarding medical devices for use in the GI tract with presentations, hands-on-sessions and a case study presented by a total of seven speakers from different relevant fields.
The first day covered medical background (anatomy, physiology and pathology), introduced medical devices currently used in the GI tract (including practical experiments) as well as an overview of the state-of-the-art in capsule endoscopy.
On the second day, the ESRs (Early-Stage Researchers) were introduced to the innovation process of medical devices (including testing, documentation and certification), using Ovesco's state-of-the-art HemoPill acute device as a case study. The afternoon was taken up by active experimentation and presentation of results as well as a very lively and fruitful discussion.
The final day began with a short overview of (pre-)clinical background in the field of medical devices and then looped back to the previous two days, enhancing and consolidating the information previously presented in the context of HemoPill acute and providing insights and answers from experienced members of Ovesco's research and development team.
All ESRs were enthusiastic and highly involved, making the Experimentation Week a truly collaborative and instructive event.
WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen, Germany
In May, Ovesco Endoscopy AG will host the first WiBEC Experimentation Week in Tübingen, Germany. The event is mandatory for all ESRs (Early-Stage Researchers) taking part in the Horizon 2020 project “Wireless In-Body Environment”, which is funded by the European Commission as an Innovative Training Network (ITN).
The event will provide knowledge fundamental to research and development actions regarding medical devices for use in the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract. Talks will range from medical background (including human physiology and standard endoscopic procedures) to capsule endoscopy and regulatory concerns. Several hands-on sessions will ensure that the diverse group of 16 PhD candidates, most of whom have an engineering and technology background, will learn about the characteristics of the GI tract and interaction between technology and anatomy. They will have the chance to observe/interact with simulated or porcine GI tissue and use endoscopic equipment themselves.
The Experimentation Week hosted by Ovesco will give the ESRs important background knowledge and experience for developing new technologies safe to use in the human GI tract.
1st Wibec training school in Dresden
One of the challenges in body area networks is the communication between different devices or sensors in, on or outside the body. That’s why a good knowledge about the underlying physical principles as well as component realizations and the regulatory framework is very interesting for WiBEC’s interdisciplinary team.
Collaborating with the COST Action "Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and beyond (IRACON)" helped to bring distinguished experts from more than five countries to Dresden. They covered design aspects like EM characteristics of human tissues, emulation of these properties and phantoms for measurement purposes, antenna concepts for on-body and in-body antennas, simulation tools and propagation channel modeling. Moreover, system aspects, international standards and regulation and SAR issues were covered.
During three days, over 40 participants from WiBEC and COST received a holistic view on antennas and propagation modeling for body environment communications and took home many new ideas from the stimulating talks and the inspiring discussions with their peers.
1st Wibec meeting
On 17th and 18th November, European engineers and doctors met together with health technology companies at the Universitat Politècnica de València within the framework of the WiBEC project (Wireless Body Environment Communications) funded by the European Community within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. WIBEC is an Innovative Training Network for 16 young researchers, who will be trained for a period of three years in a jointly with universities, healthcare technology companies and medical centers of Europe. WIBEC's main goal is to provide high quality and innovative doctoral training to develop wireless technologies for new implantable devices that it is expected to contribute to improving the quality and effectiveness of healthcare. Among these types of devices, cardiovascular implants and ingestible endoscopic capsules for the study of gastrointestinal pathology are considered. In the project participate, together with the UPV (as the only Spanish university), the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. In the business sector, the project accounts with the participation of Liva Nova group in France, Ovesco in Germany, and Valotec in France. The medical sector is present through the participation of the University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe in Valencia (Spain) and the University Hospital of Oslo (Norway), which is the project coordinator.
These European grants seek to ensure the optimal development and dynamic use of Europe's intellectual capital in order to generate new skills and innovation. In addition, this initiative seeks to promote the mobility of researchers at all levels, not only between countries, but also between the public and private sectors, as it is an element that strongly stimulates learning and the development of new skills, as well as a key factor for cooperation between the academic world, research centers and industry in different countries.