Ceremonial opening of the Centre for Innovative Health Technologies - the largest investment of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe
04 October in Zabrze, the official opening of the Centrum Innowacyjnych Technologii dla Zdrowia (transl. European HealthTech Innovation Centre; EHTIC) took place. It is one of the crucial and most important investments of this type in Central and Eastern Europe. The Centre is a joint project of the Silesian University of Technology, the City of Zabrze and the Philips company and will play a leading role in the development and implementation of innovative medical technologies. Its inauguration is a key part of the jubilee celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Philips' presence in Poland. The event received honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, and with presence of President Andrzej Duda during opening ceremony.
The European HealthTech Innovation Center is an independent unit established as part of the Silesian University of Technology in Zabrze. Its key tasks will include conducting scientific research, as well as postgraduate studies, as well as developing and implementing modern technologies and medical devices to improve prevention, early diagnosis and effective disease treatment. Innovations will be focused on research into artificial intelligence, telemedicine and clinical computer science/ informatics. The Silesian University of Technology has extensive experience in this field as for 10 years the only faculty of Biomedical Engineering in Poland has been operating here, specializing in such technologies as biomaterials, biosensors and biomechatronics.
Innovation at the heart of Europe
EHTIC - European HealthTech Innovation Center is the result of the Assist Med Sport Silesia Project, which is key in the Silesian region - the Śląskie Centrum Inżynierskiego Wspomagania Medycyny i Sportu (transl. Silesian Engineering Support Center for Medicine and Sport), co-financed by the European Union under the Regional Operational Program for 2014 - 2020. The entire project budget, land, construction investment and the equipment of modern laboratories amounts to over PLN 110 million - including: PLN 72 million from EU funds, PLN 18 million provided by the Philips company, PLN 11 million by the City of Zabrze and PLN 9 million by the Silesian University of Technology. It is the largest investment of this type in this part of Europe.
One of the investment partners is the Philips company, which provided a 20 percent contribution to the project. its value, which includes both cash and technological solutions. The Dutch company is also actively involved in shaping the Centre's research and development programme.
The opening ceremony of the European Center was attended by: the President of the Republic of Poland - Andrzej Duda, local authorities, representatives of the world of politics, science and business.