Med Tech : the right dose of engineering for keeping in shape

Med Tech, Health Tech… It doesn't matter what you call them: in Belgium and Wallonia, technologies devoted to medical and healthcare applications are riding high.  But for them to develop, these innovative projects need a link of capital importance: the right dose of engineering, exactly where it's needed.

With increasing life expectancy, healthcare has become one of the major challenges facing our societies. And this also transpires in technological innovation with, in recent years, a genuine boom in health technologies. From medical implants to tools to implant them, via diagnostic aids or productivity improving processes, the biology, medical, pharmaceutical and health sectors are subject to continuous renewal.

This is particularly true in Belgium and Wallonia, who have asserted themselves as lands of excellence for Med and Health Tech. Out in the field, big names rub shoulders with SMEs, all eager to offer new and highly innovative products, resulting in efficient synergy between academic research and the industrial world.

Engineering, the missing link

However, this move towards the industrial world is not a matter of improvisation. In order to move on from the idea phase to its materialisation, and therefore its industrialisation, biologists, pharmacists and physicians need engineering expertise.  The biomedical sector's expectations are clear: the development of tailor-designed devices or the particularisation of existing systems on the market to render them totally compatible with their innovative products... and not the contrary!

Three leading spheres of intervention

This trend has obviously not escaped Sirris, who has been developing an increasing number of healthcare-targeted projects over recent years.

Micro-machining, micro-assembly, metrology, polymer replication, etc. Sirris provides its engineering capacity and expertise to serve Med Tech companies who are lacking in these specific fields. The aim? To work our way along the road that leads from an idea to proof of concept and, in doing so, to simultaneously initiate the industrialisation process, in particular for:

  • the development of process improvement systems
  • the creation of specific tools, for example those used by surgeons for highly specialised surgical procedures
  • the development of analytic and diagnostic devices, these 'labs on chips' that rely greatly on miniaturisation and microfluidics. They are installed 'by the patient's bedside' and, for example, save the patient from the trouble of moving to a hospital setting for tests.

Is your company behind a Health Tech project it would like to industrialise? The Product Development Hub can offer you the engineering expertise that will help you to move on...find out more here !