AMA Innovation Award 2016

Peter Krause (AMA, left) and jury head Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze (Universität des Saarlandes, right) congratulate the developer team “Nerves of Glass” (left to right): Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schade (Fh.-HHI), Anna Lena Baumann (Fh.-HHI/Photonik Inkubator) and Dr. Martin Angelmahr (Fh.-HHI). (Source: P. Taube / AMA)

Peter Krause (AMA, left) and jury head Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze (Universität des Saarlandes, right) congratulate the developer team “Nerves of Glass” (left to right): Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schade (Fh.-HHI), Anna Lena Baumann (Fh.-HHI/Photonik Inkubator) and Dr. Martin Angelmahr (Fh.-HHI). (Source: P. Taube / AMA)

This year, the 10,000-euro prize of the AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) goes in equal parts to the developers of two submissions, which the jury deems to have an outstanding degree of innovation as well as great market relevance: “Nerves of Glass – Fiber-Optical 3D-Positioning of Cardiac Catheters” by the developer team from Photonik Inkubator Niedersachsen and the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute as well as the “Magnetic Flow Cytometry” project by the developer team of Siemens Healthcare, Sensitec, Sencio, and M2 Automation.

This novel, fiber-optical 3D positioning of cardiac catheters – Nerves of Glass– is a precision navigation and tracking system of great significance in minimally invasive radiology and surgery. Three-dimensional shape and motion detection by means of fiber optical sensors enables repositioning of cardiac catheters with exactitude of less than one millimeter. This is a decisive contribution to the improvement of successful results and the reduction of the required operating duration for the medical therapy involved. The market launch is planned for the beginning of 2017. (Source: Fh.-HHI)

Links: Photonik Inkubator GmbH, Göttingen, Germany • AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement, Berlin, Germany

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