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Life Science Design – Economical Implications for Manufacturers and Operators

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uvo Hölscher teaches medical technology at the Münster University of Applied Sciences and heads the Medical Technology work group at the VDI Münsterland. Furthermore, he heads the Ergonomics technical committee of the German Society for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uvo Hölscher


Medical progress leads to a steady increase and growing complexity of the technical medical products used on patients.


This not only results in new requirements in terms of safety and use of these medical products, but also regarding the training of the personnel. Therefore, when designing products, the tasks, processes and their malfunctions have to be considered as well as the context in which the products will be used, and the spectrum of users and patients.


These demands on technology and personnel have economic consequences for manufacturers and operators. In the future, life science design will not only be discussed with regards to what is imaginable, morally justifiable or possible, but also with regards to what is affordable.


In the field of ‘Life Science Design’, designing future products has a special significance not only due to safety and functional aspects, but also with regards to efficiency and cost-effectiveness.



Dr. Sylvia Deutschmann

Life Science Agency, Düsseldorf

Statement of the organiser


Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. med. habil. H. Hatt

Chair of Cell Physiology

Ruhr-University Bochum

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Prof. Dr. Peter Zec

Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Essen

ICSID President Elect, Montreal

Between Aesthetics and Anaesthesia

Design and Life Science


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uvo Hölscher

Use-Lab of the University of Applied Sciences, Münster

Life Science Design – Economical Implications for Manufacturers and Operators


Prof. Dr. Rainer M. M. Seibel

Mülheim Radiology Institute

life science design award: concepts

A Scientific Classification