Interviews 2020 -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

Overview: Interviews 2020

Picture: Graphic of a healthy and a diseased bone; Copyright: PantherMedia / eranicle

Nanofibers boost bone repair


There is hope for anyone who breaks an arm or suffers from severe osteoporosis. Lab-created targeted bone regeneration therapy promises to help in the future. An EU-funded joint research project is currently studying new ways to promote faster bone healing.
Read more
Picture: Golden button on black frame - a sensor; Copyright: Georg Pfusterschmied

Georg Pfusterschmied

One sensor for different liquids


It is small but mighty. We are talking about a sensor that was developed at the Vienna University of Technology by Dr. Georg Pfusterschmied. Its use is not limited to medical technology but also includes applications in the automotive industry and winemaking.
Read more
Picture: A column filled with water against a red background at COMPAMED 2019; Copyright: beta-web/Ernst


COMPAMED: "Networking and making new connections is very easy"


COMPAMED 2019 took place a few weeks ago, but it is still having a powerful impact not least because many exhibitors are already planning their next trade fair visit. We sat down with Nils Kerlin to talk about the innovations his company showcased at COMPAMED and found out what makes this trade fair so interesting for his company.
Read more
Image: White filament on a violet roll; Copyright: Evonik


COMPAMED: "We had many visitors that stopped by at our stand"


November 2019 marked the first time Evonik was an exhibitor at COMPAMED. We met up with Dr. Philip Engel, Business Development Manager Medical Systems Segment and asked how the company measured its trade fair success.
Read more
Image: Two men are working with a model of the human skull in the lab; Copyright: WHZ/Helge Gerischer

WHZ/Helge Gerischer

Sensor technology: sensitive spatula protects the brain


Brain surgery is arguably the most complex procedure in the operating room as surgeons can quickly cause unintentional damage. The culprit are not just surgical cuts (incisions) a surgeon needs to actively make, but might also be passively used instruments. This includes spatula-like retractors used to manipulate tissue and/or hold it in place.
Read more
Photo: radiation chamber in blue; Copyright: BGS/Markus Steur Fotografie

Georg Pfusterschmied

Radiation sterilization: "There is a marked increase in demand for medical consumables"


Before single-use medical devices hit the market, they must be sterilized. The present pandemic has exacerbated the situation as the number of medical consumables in laboratories has reached new heights. wanted to know how high volume batches can be sterilized and whether there are anticipated delays due to the Coronavirus.
Read more
Image: blue plastic children's head with mouth and nose protection; Copyright: THU


Covid-19: "The face masks have a simple shape but feature high-quality materials"


When the coronavirus pandemic emerged, it caused a mask shortage in hospitals and doctor's offices. What was once an inexpensive product suddenly turned into a coveted commodity. It prompted the Ulm University of Applied Sciences to study different types of textiles and materials to see whether they can be used in face masks. Their search landed the University on vacuum cleaner bag manufacturing.
Read more
Image: Laboratory test kit on blue background; Copyright: Fraunhofer IKTS

Fraunhofer IKTS

Material development for implants


Finding the right implant material isn’t always an easy feat because it has to meet stringent medical and material requirements. Researchers from different branches of science at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems, IKTS, are studying ways to optimize and create new implants. Dr. Jörg Opitz is among the esteemed scientists.
Read more
Image: A man looks at a vessel in which Vitrimere float; Copyright: Jens Meyer/ Uni Jena

Fraunhofer IKTS

Self-Healing Plastics: "We want to extend the life cycle of plastic materials"


The longer you can use an item, the better it is for the environment. Being able to make repairs is essential to lengthen a product’s life cycle. Unfortunately, this is not an option when it comes to many plastic items. They end up in the trash once they are cracked or broken. That’s something Professor Ulrich S. Schubert from the University of Jena plans to change.
Read more
Image: a black and gray box from the company Optores; Copyright: Optores GmbH

Optores GmbH

The virtual.COMPAMED: "Definitely a different experience"


Corona does not stop at the trade fair business, so that COMPAMED also had to take place virtually this year. Dr. Thomas Klein is the director of the Munich-based company Optores, which manufactures optical coherence tomographs. He gave a presentation on his products at virtual.COMPAMED and looks back once again on the trade fair of a somewhat different kind.
Read more