For the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, the South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency (STRIA) participated in a non-online event within the Medtech4 Europe Interreg Europe project. “The first Co-Design Demonstration Workshop” took place on 30 September 2021 at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Pécs (UP). The aim of the workshop was to present one of the strong area of medical technology in South Transdanubia that can be successfully promoted in the demonstration room. To this end, the workshop identified structured technological innovation proposals to companies and discussed and defined criteria for the evaluation of the proposals.

After the short welcome speech, Zsolt Pálmai, deputy director of STRIA, started the presentations of the event with a presentation of the project, including the Interreg Europe Programme, the partners, the activities, the results and the roadmap, the pilot action. During his presentation, he gave a detailed overview of the events of the pilot action, both completed and ongoing. Afterwards, Dr. Péter Maróti, assistant professor and head of the UP 3D Centre, presented the UP 3D Printing and Visualisation Centre. The 3 main objectives of the facility are:

  • education,
  • research,
  • service.

After the coffee break, Attila Péntek, computer scientist of the UP 3D Center, presented the role of 3D technologies in the service of medical technology development. 3D technology has helped the healthcare sector with many innovations. Many of these devices have been pre-clinical tested and adopted and are still being used in healthcare. At the same time, they are constantly experimenting with new ways to improve the infrastructure and efficiency of the Centre. The last speaker was Roland Told, research associate and Materials Laboratory manager, who reviewed the product and service development opportunities offered by the Materials Laboratory.

Finally, participants were able to ask questions to the speakers in a round table discussion. During this part of the event, participants identified three proposals to introduce in the showroom.

The Medtech4 Europe project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary within the Interreg Europe Program.