InnoTour 2018: Australian researchers exploring German healthcare sector

Friday, 9th November 2018 was the last day of InnoTour 2018, a five-day tour leading 16 Australian researchers and innovators to different institutions and companies of the German healthcare research sector. InnoTour was organised by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft within the initiative InnoHealth Australia. Presenting the large portfolio of applied research and corporate landscape, InnoTour 2018 could contribute to the network between German and Australian actors. Thus, first joint project approaches have been identified - in basic and applied research as well as in the industrial sector.

InnoHealth Australia is a constituent part of the collaborative project „International Research Marketing“ between 2017-19 funded by the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Research and Education) under the brand „Research in Germany“ and executed by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

InnoTour 2018 started in Munich at Fraunhofer Headquarters. The Australian delegation learnt about the news of the Fraunhofer world of high-tech development by Dr. Lutz Zeitlmann, Head of Research Coordination Materials- and Life Sciences. Furthermore, they got information about business development in Germany’s medical device industry.

The tour continued with Medical Valley / Digital Hub in Erlangen. Jörg Trinkwalter, member of the Managing Board, showed some of the innovations of Medical Valley. Heike Leutheuser, Managing Director Central Institute for Medical Engineering Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, presented together with colleagues from FAU recent research activities in health and sports. The Australians were highly impressed: “This knowledge-cluster shows the excellent cooperation of science, economy and politics in Germany.”

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