Author: Agnieszka Kliks-Pudlik     Published At: 07.06.2022

The board of the Warsaw Health Innovation Hub met at the EHTIC

Representatives of the medicine, pharmacy and biotechnology sectors met on Friday, the 3rd of June at the European HealthTech Innovation Center (EHTIC) in Zabrze during a meeting of the Warsaw Health Innovation Hub board. 

The meeting, combined with a tour of EHTIC labs, was attended by board members and representatives from the Medical Research Agency and EHTIC's strategic partner - Philips. Warsaw Health Innovation Hub is an organisation initiated by Medical Reasearch Agency and brings together leading players in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. 

On behalf of the Silesian University of Technology, the meeting was attended by the Rector Professor Arkadiusz Mężyk, EHTIC Director Professor Marek Gzik, Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering Professor Zbigniew Paszenda, Director of the Biotechnology Centre Sebastian Student, PhD, Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs of the Biotechnology Centre Artur Góra, PhD, Head of the Department of Medical Informatics and Artificial Intelligence Professor Ewa Piętka.

Rector Professor Arkadiusz Mężyk emphasised that Silesia (including the cities of Gliwice and Zabrze) is a strong centre for the development of medical technology and medicine. 

The Silesian University of Technology has also contributed to this development, e.g. with its modern European HealthTech Innovation Center. ‘It is a great project, which shows very good cooperation of the Silesian University of Technology with the social and economic environment (...). We have created an excellent place for building cooperation in the field of medical engineering’ emphasised the rector. 

In his presentation, EHTIC Director Professor Marek Gzik recalled the history of creation of successive units at the Silesian University of Technology related to technology for medicine. He also reminded that it was with the participation of scientists from the Silesian University of Technology that such innovations as the first Polish defibrillator or an artificial kidney were created. 

Furthermore, Prof. Gzik emphasised that the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering is the only such faculty in Poland. 

Among the interesting projects carried out at the EHTIC, Prof. Gzik mentioned a programme of research on football players aimed at supporting training, improving performance during a match and preventing injuries. ‘This research is carried out with the participation of, among others, osteopaths and physiotherapists, and focused on the analysis of movement, muscle activity, balance studies or speed of reaction to external stimuli. One of the first football players to undergo this examination is the captain of the Polish national team, Robert Lewandowski’ emphasised prof. Gzik.

After short speeches by the guests, the participants of the meeting visited selected laboratories and highly specialised R&D laboratories of EHTIC.

Opened a year ago, the European HealthTech Innovation Center (EHTIC) is one of the most important investments of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe. The Centre is a joint project of the Silesian University of Technology, the City of Zabrze and Philips and plays a leading role in the development and implementation of innovative medical technologies.

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