Medical Systems and Smart Health

Business Unit »Smart Systems«

An important growth area is the field of medical devices, where long-term megatrends are driving sustainable growth for our institute and our local economy. In order to create added value in this medical context, we start with the application. Our employees with medical backgrounds, as well as partners from the clinical ecosystem in Chemnitz, support us in this endeavor. If required, we offer our customers regulatory-compliant development and development documentation.

In this area, we address R&D activities with a medical, biological, and life science background. The use of key technologies such as microsystems technology and nanotechnology enables outstanding new applications in this field that can only be realized through miniaturization and functionalization. Examples include miniaturized ultrasound transducers that enable personalized therapy for cancer patients using a microendoscope, or theranostic implants that can detect, diagnose, derive measures, and perform therapy.

In the field of diagnostics, we focus on microfluidic lab-on-chip systems, which are small analysis units that enable decentralized measurements of an increasing number of chemical and biochemical parameters. If the systems are portable, they are also referred to as point-of-care analysis systems. The application areas range from human and veterinary diagnostics to food quality and safety, as well as environmental analysis.

In the field of imaging systems, in addition to optical and ultrasound-based systems, we have profound systemic knowledge of the construction of X-ray equipment, ranging from mobile systems of lower power to stationary digital X-ray systems. In addition to radiation generation in the field of multispectral imaging, we also focus on, for example, tomosynthetic acquisition and AI-supported image processing algorithms.

Our unique selling points are:

  • X-ray: Spectral imaging, AI-based image processing algorithms (in collaboration with the "Data-based Methods" team)
  • Utilizing xMUT-based vital signs sensors and other principles to develop wearables
  • Bringing requirements for wound healing and integrated sensors from the laboratory to clinical studies
  • Microfluidics for lab-on-chip systems
  • Photoacoustic imaging with miniaturized ultrasound transducers
  • Regulatory-compliant medical device development in cooperation with market entrants
  • Clinical expert network

Microfluidics for lab-on-chip systems


Theranostic implants


Optics & spectroscopy

Mobile and spectral X-ray


Ultrasound and wearables


Wound healing