On Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March 2015, Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited Hamburg an neighbouring Schleswig-Holstein. The King and Queen were accompanied by Lilianne Ploumen, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, who was leading a parallel two-day economic mission to the same region. Titled “Shared Challenges, Smart Solutions: Sharing Knowledge between Germany and The Netherlands on Smart Health“, the aim of the visit was to deepen trade and investment relations and to promote co-operation in a variety of sectors, particularly energy, life sciences and health. There was also a focus on the creative industries, the maritime sector, and organic farming.
Life Sciences In Lübeck And Hamburg
On Thursday, 19 March, the royal couple and its delegation visited the premises of Dräger Medical, a company producing high-grade medical equipment for use in hospitals. While there, the central theme of ‘smart care’, and the shared healthcare challenges faced by Germany and the Netherlands such as demographic ageing, digitisation and rising care costs was discussed. At Dräger’s test laboratories, the Dutch visitors met with representatives from Dutch and German businesses in the life sciences and health sectors. Among the representatives of 25 Dutch businesses was the livestock veterinarian Gijsbert van de Wijdeven, inventor of the Bioneedle. The soluble Bioneedle offers a new, quicker and safer way to vaccinate both humans and animals.
In Hamburg, the Life Science Nord cluster presented a research facility and three innovative companies to the guests, including the Hamburg-based connected-health.eu GmbH, which developed an interface for the communication of doctors and patients over the phone. Named winner in the app contest by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in the “idea contribution” category, Connected-health.eu also was among the 50 finalists for the StartUp “CODE_n” competition at CeBit. Also present was he biotechnology company KSK Diagnostics GmbH. Funded by the “InnoRampUp” starter programme of the Hamburg Innovation Fund, it enhances DNA analysis by a particularly fast point-of-care test. Also supported by the “InnoRampUp” programme was Sonormed GmbH, which offers a neuroscience-based tinnitus therapy with their product Tinnitrack. Sonormed was named winner of the SXSW startup accelerator in the digital health and life science category.
Learning From Each Other
The research sector was representation by Fraunhofer’s MEVIS project group from Lübeck. Their picture registration tools allows to compare patient images from different sources. “As direct neighbours of the Netherlands, we are very happy about the visit of the Dutch delegation and take it as a chance to showcase our expertise in life sciences, to learn from each other, and to prepare the ground for future collaboration”, said Dr. Hinrich Habeck, managing director of Life Science Nord Management GmbH.
Visit Of Philips Healthcare
On Friday 20 March, the delegation was shown the prototype of the world’s first human scanner with MPI technology (Magnetic Particle Imaging Technology) during a visit of Philips Healthcare. The stay in Hamburg ended with a North German and Dutch networking event.
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