Germany has a new medical cluster. The scientific institute for innovation and consulting Senetics Dr. Wolfgang Sening has established a new network for medtech suppliers in cooperation with the Innovationsoffensive Ostbayern (IOO) of the IHK Oberfranken Bayreuth, Germany. The “Netzwerk für innovative Zulieferer in der Medizintechnik – NeZuMed” (network for innovative suppliers to the medical device industry) is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and is meant to promote and advance the skills of the Franconian medical device supplier industry.
In addition to research facilities such as the University of Bayreuth and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, many medium-sized businesses and international-operating companies have been integrated into the network. The new cluster is based at the scientific institute Senetics in Erlangen, Germany. The cluster management makes arrangements to generate innovative product ideas and transfers them into marketable products and components. Activities include further training and medical device wokrshops as well as joint pavillions at tradeshows such as Medica in Düsseldorf, Arab Health in Dubai and MEDTEC Europe in Stuttgart.
It seems as if almost every region in the country has a cluster initiative for medical device companies now––correct me if I’m wrong. While I’m a firm believer in networking, I’m starting to wonder how many more medical device clusters are going to emerge in the country and how many does the industry really need? Maybe we’ll end up having too many––what do you think, the more clusters the better? Just hit the reply button and let me know your thoughts.Yvonne Klöpping