Progress and challenges in the development of novel implant concepts for cardiovascular, ophthalmologic and otolaryngologic applications

Current research and development activities of the Twenty20 consortium

  • 1 Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Rostock University Medical Center, F.-Barnewitz-Str. 4, 18119, Rostock, Germany
  • 2 Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Rostock University Medical Center, and Institute for ImplantTechnology and Biomaterials e.V., F.-Barnewitz-Str. 4, 18119, Rostock, Germany


Medical device innovations may contribute to the reconstruction of biological functions, and thereby improve the quality of patients’ lives, as well as extend their life expectancy. The coordinated research project “RESPONSE - Partnership for Innovation in Implant Technology” (BMBF program Twenty20 - Partnership for Innovation, 2014 - 2021) is focusing on the development of novel concepts for implantable medical devices for cardiovascular, ophthalmologic and otorhinolaryngologic applications. The joint research efforts of academia and industry in the RESPONSE consortium address the challenges in implant design, biofunctionalization, process development and production. Particular attention is paid to the process of translation of medical device innovations, cost analysis, as well as health technology assessment.

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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering is an open access journal and closely related to the journal Biomedical Engineering - Biomedizinische Technik. CDBME is a forum for the exchange of knowledge in the fields of biomedical engineering, medical information technology and biotechnology/bioengineering for medicine and addresses engineers, natural scientists, and clinicians working in research, industry, or clinical practice.