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European HealthTech Innovation Center

Our mission is to create the best ecosystem in the country for generating, developing and implementing innovative medical technologies to improve disease prevention, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. 

We create a platform for international collaboration between engineers, physicians, physiotherapists, and allied health professionals with companies and entrepreneurs in domestic and international markets.

Key advantages of working with EHTIC

Experienced team of scholars

The greatest value of our centre is the competent and ambitious staff of researchers of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology, who have years of proven experience in conducting national and international research and implementation projects.

As part of our cooperation, we offer content-related experts’ support to both small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in the area of technology development and implementation.

Highly-specialised lab base

The EHTIC houses a set of cutting-edge research and technology labs to support companies implementing medical devices and technologies.

These laboratories are fitted with world-class research equipment and state-of-the-art software allowing for the ongoing development of research capabilities and, most importantly, the development and implementation of innovative technologies and medical devices. 

Attractive location of strategic importance

Lying in the centre of Silesia, Zabrze has for decades been a key point on the map of Polish medicine. It is here that the best cardiology and cardiac surgery centre – the Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases – is located, as well as the country’s leading didactic, scientific and clinical centre – the Silesian Medical University, or the Prof. Z. Religa Foundation for Cardiac Surgery Development, which is creating the Polish artificial heart.

The Silesian region is a home to many thriving research institutes operating in the field of technological support for medicine and sport.

Increasing the competitiveness of the region

Our research infrastructure is used to conduct our own and commissioned research, both commercially and as part of research projects. 

The laboratories are also available to entrepreneurs and other interested parties operating in the broader biomedical engineering sector, which significantly increases the competitiveness of the region’s companies.

We offer cooperation within the fields of:

Medical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Image navigation in oncological diagnostics
  • Image navigation in oncological therapy
  • Multimodal support systems for personalized therapy
  • Computer-aided diagnostic imaging
  • Computer-aided histopatology
  • Cloud computing and teleradiology
  • Telecare and telerehabilitation
  • Interactive rehabilitation
  • Diagnosis of speech disorders
  • Pain monitoring in physiotherapy
  • Monitoring of chronic skin wounds
  • High-frequency ultrasound in skin diagnosis
Biomechatronics

 

  • Strength tests of construction materials, biological and mechanical objects
  • Numerical studies of mechanical characteristics in anatomical elements and mechanical system
  • Medical CT or MRI images based 3D modeling of tissue structures
  • 3D modeling based on 3D scans
  • Medical, sport and rehabilitation equipment designing
  • Engineering support for planning surgical procedures
  • Comprehensive kinematic analysis of human body movement and mechanical systems
  • Sport athletes motor skills assessment
  • Creating interactive three-dimensional visualizations in the ‘virtual reality’ technology
  • Experimental diagnostics of human motor system
  • CAVE system 3D objects projection
  • Forensic expertise of human behavior modeling in accident situations
Biosensors and biomedical signals processing
  • Tests on metallic biomaterials with modified structure and defined mechanical properties with surface layers for implants for tissue reconstruction and flexible anastomosis
  • Tests on the mechanical properties of biomaterials and biomechanical constructions under static and dynamic loads
  • Studies on a new generation of shape memory implants for the stabilization of bone and soft tissue fractures, bone distractors and for modelling of craniofacial and spinal deformations using the superelasticity effect
  • Analysis and modelling of biomaterial surface porosity
  • Blasting, roughing and fine finishing on corundum and silica aggregates
  • Tests on corrosion resistance of metallic biomaterials or degradation of polymeric and composite biomaterials, biologically active materials under in vitro conditions
  • Examination of the resistance of biomaterials and implants to pitting, crevice, stress and fatigue corrosion, taking into account biomechanical considerations and surgical technique
  • Durability tests of implantable devices subjected to environmental exposure to tissues and physiological fluids, including biomechanical factors
  • Precision heat treatment, calcination in furnaces with an operating temperature of up to 1650°C
  • Testing of ceramic biomaterials (inert, bioactive glasses and glass-ceramic materials, tissue-resorbable materials, bone and dental cements)
  • Application of ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition), sol-gel and electrophoresis techniques for surface modification of biomaterials
  • Manufacture of hybrid polymer – ceramics layers
  • Quantitative tests of biomaterials surface quality
  • Research on a new generation of surface layers (passive, passive-carbon, ceramic and polymer) produced on metal biomaterials
Biomaterials and medical device engineering
  • Tests on metallic biomaterials with modified structure and defined mechanical properties with surface layers for implants for tissue reconstruction and flexible anastomosis
  • Tests on the mechanical properties of biomaterials and biomechanical constructions under static and dynamic loads
  • Studies on a new generation of shape memory implants for the stabilization of bone and soft tissue fractures, bone distractors and for modelling of craniofacial and spinal deformations using the superelasticity effect
  • Analysis and modelling of biomaterial surface porosity
  • Blasting, roughing and fine finishing on corundum and silica aggregates
  • Tests on corrosion resistance of metallic biomaterials or degradation of polymeric and composite biomaterials, biologically active materials under in vitro conditions
  • Examination of the resistance of biomaterials and implants to pitting, crevice, stress and fatigue corrosion, taking into account biomechanical considerations and surgical technique
  • Durability tests of implantable devices subjected to environmental exposure to tissues and physiological fluids, including biomechanical factors
  • Precision heat treatment, calcination in furnaces with an operating temperature of up to 1650°C
  • Testing of ceramic biomaterials (inert, bioactive glasses and glass-ceramic materials, tissue-resorbable materials, bone and dental cements)
  • Application of ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition), sol-gel and electrophoresis techniques for surface modification of biomaterials
  • Manufacture of hybrid polymer – ceramics layers
  • Quantitative tests of biomaterials surface quality
  • Research on a new generation of surface layers (passive, passive-carbon, ceramic and polymer) produced on metal biomaterials

Collaboration with industry

Our research offer is addressed to industrial units, enterprises, companies and start-ups. Within the framework of cooperation, we carry out the commissioned work, provide experts’ and innovativeness opinions and as well as conduct joint R&D and implementation projects.

We offer the possibility of conducting material tests in the field of medical device evaluation, verification of designs of newly developed medical devices, validation of medical device manufacturing processes and their certification.

Research collaboration

We are open to research collaborations in the field of biomedical engineering. We have a wide range of experience in directing and conducting research in national and international research projects.

We organize the cooperation of R&D groups and coordinate their interdisciplinary research within the scope of health technologies. We have sophisticated equipment located in the highly specialized laboratories used by teams of engineers to conduct research in biomedical engineering field, in particular in the areas mentioned above.

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