In 2017, the number of patents awarded to Polish inventors, companies and scientific institutes by the European Patent Office (EPO) increased by 20% compared to 2016. Most of them concerned the medical technology sector.
An electronic stethoscope integrated with a thermometer and a mobile application will allow patients to conduct lung and heart auscultation on their own. Scientists from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań participated in the development of the device.
Smartphone-sized devices capable of purifying water for one person using sunlight; desktop modules producing substances valuable for the pharmaceutical industry from chemical waste. The construction of such innovative instruments, providing the product not in batches but continuously, is becoming possible thanks to an ultrasonic technique of depositing titanium dioxide layers onto the inner walls of tubes with diameters of even micrometre dimensions.
Leonardo Lab - a laboratory that focuses on man and his needs, is being built at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Silesian University of Technology. It will allow to conduct research on the automation of space inhabited by the elderly or people who require care.