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The European HealthTech Innovation Centre, is a modern research centre of the Silesian University of Technology located in Zabrze, at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, and providing interdisciplinary research, service, information, training and promotion activities in the field of innovative health technologies

EHTIC is attached to the faculty of Biomedical Engineering specializing in such technologies as biomaterials, biosensors and biomechatronics, who has extensive experience in the field as for 10 years history as the only faculty in Poland.

The highly specialised laboratories and workshops of the EHTIC are equipped with the most modern equipment and software available on the world market, used by researchers of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology to develop innovative technologies related to bioinformatics, bioelectronics, biomechatronics or biomaterials to be implemented in medicine.

The Centre’s laboratories are also made available to companies, which contributes to the development of innovative research and production techniques and has an impact on increasing the competitiveness of the region’s companies, enabling them to participate in Polish and European technology platforms, among other things, thus creating opportunities for effective use of the opportunities provided by international cooperation and competition with companies operating in the medical device industry.

The European HealthTech Innovation Centre plays a leading role in the development and implementation of innovative medical technologies. The main objective of our activities is to organise the cooperation of entities operating in the area of health technologies, creating, developing and implementing innovative medical technologies to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

The history of EHTIC

The European HealthTech Innovation Center is the result of the key project in the Silesian region, Assist Med Sport Silesia – Silesian Centre for Engineering Support in Medicine and Sport, (AMSS) co-financed by the European Union under the Regional Operational Programme 2014 – 2020. 

The EHTIC infrastructure was achieved thanks to the funding obtained under the ROP-EU 2013-20, the Silesian University of Technology, the land for the investment donated by the City of Zabrze, the software licence from APA Group, and the contribution of non-public funds of 20% from Royal Philips,

The total investment, including the financial contribution from the Silesian University of Technology, amounted to nearly PLN 110 million. The scale of the investment and the strategic partner, one of the world’s leaders in medical technology – Philips – make this project unique in the country and in this part of Europe.   

Within the Assist Med Sport Silesia – Silesian Centre for Engineering in Medicine and Sport project, a laboratory building was built at a cost of PLN 44 million, equipped with state-of-the-art scientific and research apparatus at a cost of PLN 66 million.

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Equipment and software

The project is being implemented jointly with the world leader in medical technology, Philips, whose financial contribution amounts to nearly PLN 18 million. The aim of the project was to create a unique team of highly specialised research and technology laboratories, dedicated to supporting companies operating in the area of implementing medical devices and technologies. 

The main objective of the project is to develop state-of-the-art technologies and medical devices addressing current health issues in response to the challenges of modern medicine in the area of ageing society and the implementation of personalised medicine solutions. 

The scope of our innovative research and development work is part of the development of technologies related to smart specialisations: medicine, information and communication technologies, and emerging industries.

The project will also increase the competitiveness of the region and the country’s companies in the broadly defined field of biomedical engineering and allow them to participate in European and global technology platforms, creating opportunities for effective use of the opportunities presented by international cooperation.

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The opening ceremony

The official opening of the European HealthTech Innovation Centre took place on 04 October 2021 as a part of the jubilee celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Philips’ presence in Poland which took place during the Eropean HealthTech Innovation Congress.

The event received honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, who honoured us with his presence during the opening ceremony. 

The event gathered a number of prominent guests, including the local authorities, representatives of the world of politics, healthcare units, science and business

 

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