Discovery. Development. Delivery
Innovation is central to the development of medical technologies that will provide life-saving and life-enhancing treatments of the future. In recent decades, the majority of innovations in healthcare have targeted new diagnostic procedures, therapies, drugs, and medical devices. Going forward, the emphasis on innovation promises to accelerate rapidly and produce an exponential change in important areas. At FAU, ranked number 1 in Germany and number 2 in Europe for innovation in the Reuters Top 100, 2019, we focus on bringing ideas to reality.
Innovation & Educational Programmes
Medical engineering is one of the focal points of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). One of the core tasks of the Central Institute of Medical Engineering (ZiMT) is the coordination of the engineering Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Medical Engineering
Bachelor’s Programmes: The FAU offers 2 different master’s degree branches within the Medical Engineering programme. Both of them are taught in German:
Electrical Engineering/Information Technology/Computer Science(Medizinelektronik und medizinische Bild- und Datenverarbeitung)
Medical Device Engineering, Production Technology and Prosthetics (Medizinische Gerätetechnik, Produktionstechnik und Prothetik)
Master’s Programmes: The FAU offers 5 different master’s degree branches within the Medical Engineering programme. Two of these are completely taught in English:
- Medical Image and Data Processing (English or German → 2 separate branches)
- Health & Medical Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship (English)
- Medical Electronics (German)
- Medical Production Technology, Device Engineering and Prosthetics (German)
The highly selective Master’s study track HMDA intends to achieve greater integration of innovation and entrepreneurship skills within the study program. the international programme is funded by the European Medtech consortium EIT Health and brings together four top-notch universities from different European countries. In contrast to traditional university education in engineering, the M.Sc. in HMDA aims to provide students with innovation and business skills in addition to their studies in medical data Analytics. By connecting them with the community of EIT Health, students gain access to the biggest Medtech network in Europe.
Controlling technology in your home from the other side of the world, using tiny sensors knitted into shirts to track vital parameters all day long – these seemingly futuristic ideas of immersion in a digital world are increasingly becoming a reality in our everyday lives. The miniaturization of electrical devices and clothing are just a selection of the ways in which our environment is becoming smarter. This fast changing environment provides the platform and opportunities for innovation. Students of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) can harness the opportunities of this platform by visiting the Innovation Lab for Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing, funded by the Center for Digitalization Bavaria and currently organised by the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation.
In order to introduce a medical device into the market, it is essential not only to have the technical knowledge of the production process but also the rules and regulations of the entire product life cycle. As medical devices are products that have a medical purpose and are intended for the use of humans, manufacturers have to adhere to strict legal requirements. Consequently, knowledge of this evermore complex subject matter of medical device regulation is indispensable for any successful and competitive market entry.
The Central Institute of Medical Engineering offers the opportunity to learn more about the regulatory requirements of medical devices for the European / International markets (in an English seminar).
Das Central Institute of Medical Engineering also organizes the Seminar in German, “Medical Device Law (MPR)“.
This intensive training program will build your skills and prepare you to launch your Medtech start-up in Europe. You’ll emerge with a clear idea of your market, your regulatory pathway, financing options, your founder team, and valid proof of concept. One week will be organized by UnternehmerTUM and focus on market opportunities and your hypotheses, one by IESE Business School with a focus on finance and investors’ perspectives, and two weeks by Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg and other partners on the healthcare market, pitch practice and stakeholder videos. At the end of the programme, you’ll have had taken part in three pitch events in front of investors and experts.
From Scientists to Innovators for Industry / SciFi is a 3-month blended-learning program consisting of online modules (with 7 basic modules and 3 industry-specific modules), webinars, mentoring sessions and rounded off by three events (kick-off, mid-program and final event).
Catalyst Europe is a program that supports talented PhD students, postdocs, researchers in companies or academia, and clinicians to identify and evaluate unmet medical needs, build multi-professional teams to design solutions and plan research projects that show strong potential for healthcare impact, in collaboration with industry and hospitals.
The Digital Tech Academy is the overarching HUB for digitization and entrepreneurship at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. It is embedded into the university department of strategic planning S-Outreach as ‘Knowledge and Technology Transfer’ which is the single point of contact for Spin-off services, joint r&d projects, IP management, continuing education and event management.
EXISTENCY is a joint project of the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, the Technical University of Nuremberg and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg to promote start-ups at universities. The project is funded by the EXIST-Potentiale program of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.