Catch up on our network’s latest news and activities.

June 2020

Network partner Smarterials Technology GmbH – Successful application in Horizon 2020 for the project “SafeGlov” – highly innovative safety gloves for medical personnel

The Smarterials Technology team has developed a technology that integrates the advantages and functionality of double gloves into single gloves. Its two-in-one gloves are based on an innovative microparticle layer. This layer allows the creation of a multi-barrier protection system and the integration of a perforation indicator – the first single glove ever to warn the user in case of breakage and possible contamination.

The project convinced the evaluators as well as the jury on site in Brussels, so that Smarterials Technology GmbH was able to win out over a total of 2009 competitors with the “SafeGlov” project at the first attempt. For the pitching interview in Brussels as the second stage of the application procedure, 192 SMEs (16 of them from Germany) were invited to Brussels. The EU is supporting the “SafeGlov” project in the period from 01/01/2020 – 31/12/2021 for measures to prepare the market entry.

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March 2020

Corona and MDR – German Medical Technology Association demands MDR moratorium (13.03.2020)

The German Medical Technology Association (BVMed) is calling for a MDR moratorium until the end of the corona virus crisis. The corona pandemic has a direct impact on the preparation of the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), for its entry into force on May 26 2020, says BVMed Managing Director Dr. Marc-Pierre Möll. First Notified Bodies are closing or are restricted in their activities. Authorities are affected. Suppliers are breaking away. And this in addition to the known problems: too few Notified Bodies, too few experts, missing legal acts and guidelines. The doubly affected MedTech industry now needs a MDR moratorium, demands Möll.

Link press release BVMed

January 2020

New ZIM guideline published – better and more tailor-made support for innovative SMEs

[ZIM” stands for “Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand”, which means “Central Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)]

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published the new guideline for the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) on 20 January 2020. This replaces the previous funding guideline, which expired on 31 December 2019. In the future, innovative SMEs are to be supported even better and more tailor-made by the programme. This year alone, 555 million euros will be provided.

The new ZIM optimises the proven programme in many areas. Young companies and micro-enterprises as well as first-time innovators will receive better support. In future, small companies from all structurally weak regions will benefit from increased funding rates. The grantable costs of the funding modules have also increased. In addition, national and international knowledge transfer and the transfer of research results into practice will be intensified.

With more than 3,000 new technology development projects every year, ZIM is the Federal Government’s largest programme to promote innovative SMEs.

The ZIM project organisation is currently being put out to tender and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Applications can then be submitted under the updated ZIM funding conditions.

The updated ZIM guideline can be found here.

News of our network partner profi-con GmbH: Cleanroom day trainings in 2020

We hope that you have survived the busy Christmas and New Year celebrations without leaving any lasting effects. Some of you might have been busy in the clean room during this time and would have been happy to have some holiday atmosphere in the clean room.
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For 2020, we wish you above all health, creativity and much success, both personally and professionally. We will be happy to support you again in 2020 with our training courses:

There are still free places available for the one-day training sessions in Aschaffenburg from 25 to 26 February. Gladly we refer also to the special meeting in Marburg on 18th March: “New requirements to the enterprise of pure areas”.

Our day trainings 2020: Tagestrainings 2020 (only in German)

November 2019

Visit the network “ProSafeMed” at the bionection 2020 in Leipzig

The international ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed” presents itself with a stand at the bionection in Leipzig from 26 to 27 February 2020. The bionection is the Central German industry meeting for biotechnology and medical technology.

August 2019

ProSafeMed: Second phase of ZIM funding approved

After successful 14 months, the international ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed” will be funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for a further two years. The medical technology network consists of German and Polish companies as well as research institutions.

The main focus in Phase 2 is on the generation of innovative project ideas and their implementation. After all, the aim is to establish the international network on a long-term basis and to create conditions for the network partners to be able to continue their projects without public funding .

June 2019

ProSafeMed looks back on successful Phase 1

The international ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed – for safe medical devices and procedures” can look back on a successful first funding phase. Five research and development projects with 10 cooperation partners have already been initiated and applied for within the last 14 months. Further project ideas and concrete project plans will be examined and implemented in the following second phase. The network partners will be intensively supported by the network management – AGIL GmbH Leipzig. ZIM cooperation networks are supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

April 2019

The countdown has started – Visit us at MedtecLIVE 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany

The international ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed – for safe medical devices and procedures” will be presenting itself from 21 to 23 May 2019 at MedtecLIVE in Nuremberg in Hall 10.0 – Stand 622. 16 German companies, four research institutes and four Polish companies have joined forces in 2018 to combine synergies and experience and to jointly develop new medical devices and treatment methods.

The network brings together expertise in areas such as ultrasound and clean room technology, medical software solutions/ICT, polymer processing, medical suction, computer-aided test and training equipment for applications in rehabilitation and occupational medicine, measuring systems, medical and orthopaedic aids, surface finishing, clinical studies, medical cycle diagnostics and technology-related services.

With the technical-innovative medical products and treatment methods, better diagnoses and individualized therapies are to be made possible, which at the same time have few side effects and are safe for patients and users. With Poland as partner country of the network, the German-Polish research and development cooperations are to be strengthened and accompanied accordingly. ZIM cooperation networks are financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

February 2019

Gromke Hörzentrum and audiosus GmbH strengthen the international ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed”.

The international ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed – For safe medical devices and procedures” strengthens its innovation competence! With the two new network partners Gromke Hörzentrum and audiosus GmbH, know-how and experience in the field of hearing aid systems could be gained. Together with the 18 other companies and four research institutes, product and process innovations in the field of medical technology are to be initiated and implemented over the next few years. AGIL GmbH Leipzig is in charge of the ZIM cooperation network, which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

January 2019

The international ZIM cooperation network ProSafeMed will present itself at MedtecLIVE in Nuremberg from 21 to 23 May 2019.

Further information will follow shortly.

October 2018

International ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed” presents itself at the bionection

The international ZIM cooperation network “ProSafeMed – For safe medical products and procedures” will present itself at this year’s bionection in Dresden. On October 24, 2018, Tobias Espig, an experienced network manager, will present the goals and partners of the network in the panel “Cooperation Offers” and will be available for questions and answers.