Biohybrid.NRW – bio-hybrid medicine in NRW

Biohybrid medicine is highly interdisciplinary. It combines medicine, natural sciences and engineering with the aim of creating innovative applications for medicine from the interaction of animate and inanimate matter. This includes a variety of approaches, such as

  • biologically inspired materials,
  • materials containing biological and inorganic components,
  • interactive materials with interfaces for biological connections,
  • and many more.

Possible applications are enormously diverse and range from better tolerated or more durable implants, to human-machine interfaces, to cells, tissues and organs. The goal is always to improve medical therapies or even make them possible in the first place. This also includes prognostic and diagnostic applications made possible by biohybrid technologies.

The Biohybrid.NRW lighthouse was established to support networking in this central future field and to bring together the players who are already excellent in many areas in NRW in a powerful state-wide network.

Teilnehmer:innen der Steuerungsgruppe im Leuchtturm Biohybrid (24.01.2023 in Düsseldorf)
Steering group of the Biohybrid.NRW Lighthouse (24.01.2023 in Düsseldorf)
Left to right: Dr. Patrick Guidato (Medizin.NRW), Prof. Dr. Rainer Wirth (Marien Hospital Herne – UK der RUB), Dr. Olaf Spörkel (Deutsches Diabetes-Zentrum), Dr. Katja Kuhlmann (Medizin.NRW), Prof. Dr. Dr. Maria Cristina Polidori (UK Köln), Prof. Dr. Christoph Strünck (TU Dortmund), Dr. Ron Jachimowicz (Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie des Alterns), Prof. Dr. Cornelius Bollheimer (Uk RWTH Aachen), Prof. Dr. Kerstin Hämel (Uni Bielefeld), Dr. Dr. Monique M. B. Breteler (DZNE Bonn), Prof. Dr. Petra Thürmann (Uni Witten/Herdecke)

What is the Biohybrid.NRW Lighthouse?

The Biohybrid.NRW Lighthouse brings together experts from various disciplines and organizations (companies, research institutes, university hospitals, universities, networks). The lighthouse thus forms

  • a common umbrella for strategic topics,
  • the starting point for position papers and white papers,
  • the framework for joint events and
  • the basis for joint projects.

We also operate lighthouses on other cross-sectional topics of innovative medicine. You can find out which lighthouses exist and which topics they cover on our lighthouse overview page.

Lighthouse topics

The lighthouse will be dedicated to various topics of biohybrid medicine. Central questions, which are in the focus of the lighthouse, will be identified and prioritized by the participants. If you have suggestions for topics or would like to contribute, you are cordially invited to do so. Simply send us an e-mail.

Leuchtturm Biohybrid.NRW
The Lighthouse Biohybrid.NRW

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