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Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering and the German Society of Biomaterials

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Volume 59, Issue 2

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Volume 57 (2012)

Implementation of quality management in early stages of research and development projects at a university

Sandra Fiehe
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  • Department of Cardiovascular Engineering, Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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/ Georg Wagner
  • Department of Cardiovascular Engineering, Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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/ Peter Schlanstein
  • Department of Cardiovascular Engineering, Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany
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/ Christiane Rosefort
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/ Rüdger Kopp
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Published Online: 2014-02-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2013-0085

Abstract

The ultimate objective of university research and development projects is usually to create knowledge, but also to successfully transfer results to industry for subsequent marketing. We hypothesized that the university technology transfer requires efficient measures to improve this important step. Besides good scientific practice, foresighted and industry-specific adapted documentation of research processes in terms of a quality management system might improve the technology transfer. In order to bridge the gap between research institute and cooperating industry, a model project has been accompanied by a project specific amount of quality management. However, such a system had to remain manageable and must not constrain the researchers´ creativity. Moreover, topics and research team are strongly interdisciplinary, which entails difficulties regarding communication because of different perspectives and terminology. In parallel to the technical work of the model project, an adaptable quality management system with a quality manual, defined procedures, and forms and documents accompanying the research, development and validation was implemented. After process acquisition and analysis the appropriate amount of management for the model project was identified by a self-developed rating system considering project characteristics like size, innovation, stakeholders, interdisciplinarity, etc. Employees were trained according to their needs. The management was supported and the technical documentation was optimized. Finally, the quality management system has been transferred successfully to further projects.

Keywords: appropriate amount of management; design identification system; development process; knowledge transfer; university technology transfer

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Corresponding author: Sandra Fiehe, Dipl.-Ing., Department of Cardiovascular Engineering, Institute of Applied Medical Engineering, Helmholtz Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstraße 20, 52074 Aachen, Germany, Phone: +49 241 80 87 018, Fax: +49 241 80 82 144, E-mail:


Received: 2013-08-14

Accepted: 2014-01-20

Published Online: 2014-02-13

Published in Print: 2014-04-01


Citation Information: Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik, Volume 59, Issue 2, Pages 135–145, ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2013-0085.

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