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Ten concepts receive awards from jury in ‘life science design award: concepts’ competition

How can the human sense of smell be used for medical purposes - this was one of the 70 issues the entrants of the first ‘life science design award: concepts’ competition were dealing with. Ten of these concepts received an award from the jury of five.


Several “outstanding concepts” and the “partly enormous relevance for society” were praised by jury members such as Professor Rainer Seibel, head of the Mülheim Radiology Institute, and Melanie Ruprecht, ZEIT online editorial office.


Until the Medica 2005, the leading medical trade fair, the selected project entrants will further develop their concepts which they will present there in a special exhibition. The jury will announce the winner, who will receive a 20,000 Euro prize, at the Medica. The presentation of the prize will take place on the evening of the 16th November 2005 at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair.


Overview of concepts:


Decoding the sense of smell

„Vom Riechrezeptor zum Biosensor“, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Lehrstuhl für Zellphysiologie, Bochum, Germany


Neck vertebrae fixation without screws

„Crano - eine Cervikalorthese“, Julia Hanisch and Timo Wurz, Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany


Operating brains quickly

„LAXAR OP-System“, Andrea Feuerabend and Friedemann Schreiber, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany


Natural contraception via skin reading

„ovu`love“, Wilddesign, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and GEO-Design, Tokyo, Japan


Making cartilage grow and sponges disappear

„Innovatives 3D-Design von Biomaterialien für die Regenerative Medizin“, Matricel, Herzogenrath, Germany


Testing babies’ hearing

„OtoRead”, DESIGN/NORD, Denmark, and Interacoustics A/S, Denmark


Increased sensation with the lower leg prosthesis

„Otto Bock Harmony System“, Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH, Duderstadt, Germany


Memory aid for dementia sufferers

„Senso. My Personal Lifebook“, Pelin Celik and Pilotfish GmbH, Munich, Germany


Greater quality of life for pain patients

„Lockout System”, Ing. Erich Pfeiffer GmbH, Radolfzell, Germany, and item design & development, Ascheberg, Germany


Surgeons in cyberspace

„Sphere – ein OP Szenario“, piu products, Essen, Germany