Medizintechnologie.de – The national information platform for medical technology is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The web portal provides information to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the innovation process. The medical technology market is one of the most dynamic and innovative industries. However, it is also highly regulated to ensure patient safety. Not infrequently, start-ups or SMEs are underestimating the requirements which they must meet, for example, in the course of CE certification. Some develop a product without first checking whether there is any adequate medical need. Others calculate a price without discussing possible reimbursement scenarios. Medizintechnologie.de offers orientation.
The platform provides an overview of medical needs, developments in medical technology, policy frameworks, markets and financing and funding opportunities. Extensive databases facilitate the search for federal funding or potential partners, for example for joint research projects or business cooperation. The heart of the platform is the InnovationsLOTSE, a virtual guide from the idea for an innovative medical device to the application to the patient.