Medical technology has the potential to save lives, improve health, and contribute to long-term healthcare solutions. Patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare systems, engineers, and society, in general, all benefit from the industry’s breakthrough equipment and tests. Medical and biotechnology businesses are also important contributors to Europe’s economic growth and job creation.
Biotech and medical technology allow for early diagnosis of health issues, and the innovative product creations enable remote monitoring of patient conditions.
3D printed prosthetics
3D printing enabled the creation of custom-fit equipment such as 3D printed casts, as well as 3D printed prosthetics and implants for any patient. Amputees can now use additive manufacturing to manufacture hands, limbs, and legs, allowing them to live a normal life.
3D printing for body reconstruction
Additive manufacturing has the potential to save lives and aid with bone restoration. This technology aids in the creation of personalized items that may be adjusted to each patient’s needs both on the exterior and inside of their bodies, such as breast reconstruction after cancer.
3D printing for surgeons training
3D printing is being used to train doctors and it’s becoming increasingly common. We know that doctors can now utilize 3D software to acquire a decent vision and try some simulations to train before surgery thanks to CT scans. However, thanks to additive manufacturing, it is now possible to create true anatomical models. Some surgeons are now using CT scans to produce 3D models and print them in order to train on a real-life replica of the patient’s heart, spine, or any other body part. This is a method of gaining a deeper understanding of the topic and actually training on it.
Early and Accurate Diagnosis
More than 230 biotechnology medications and vaccines have benefitted hundreds of millions of people around the world since 1982. More than 400 biotech drugs and vaccines are now being tested in clinical trials for more than 200 disorders, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and arthritis.
Moreover, hundreds of medical diagnostic tests rely on biotechnology for early virus or infection detection and keeping the blood supply safe from the AIDS virus, and detecting other diseases early enough to be properly treated and overall improve the quality of life.
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is a technology to enable the monitoring of patients outside of conventional clinical settings, such as in the home or in a remote area, which may increase access to care and decrease healthcare delivery costs.
Remote monitoring technologies (RMTs) have significantly evolved in recent years, attracting the attention of the health technology sector, doctors, drug makers, and regulators for 3 main reasons:
- to encourage new innovations
- to provide guidance
- to consider the perspectives of patients and customers.
Interested in Becoming a Health & Biotech Engineer
ESiLV’s engineering degree (diplôme d’ingénieur) with a major in Health Engineering & Biotechnology in a French CTI-accredited engineering school This major trains engineers directly to evolve in the multidisciplinary ecosystem of medical technology.
This major uses teaching that combines life and human sciences, artificial intelligence and technologies, medical regulations, and biotechnologies. Engineers taking this major are therefore positioned at the intersection between people, technology, and medical professionals, and are at the heart of the digital transformation of the medical sector and biotechnologies.
The school’s multidisciplinary scientific training combined with the available facilities (Fab Lab, IoT laboratory, deep learning computational server, etc.) help students design and develop prototypes that win recognition in major national competitions and lead to the creation of startups: custom orthopedic supports, connected skin, artificial hands, using AI to help people with disabilities, physiotherapy aids, brain-machine interfaces, etc.
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