TTÜ and UT will get an opportunity to participate in the US Army Medical Technology projects worth millions
Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu joined a consortium of medical technology businesses operating in the US.
This enables the expertise of Estonia's two leading universities to reach US military, who is sourcing innovative products and services through the consortium.
“Once again, we need to recognize the initiatives of Estonia’s honorary consul in Charleston - Harry Huge, whose work has created these cooperative ties," added Puura. Tea Varrak, TTÜ’s Vice Rector for Innovation and Business Relations, said that to her knowledge, no other European university has received a similar invitation to join the consortium, which gives the two Estonian universities an excellent opportunity to find new collaboration projects and partners from the US, thus expanding their networks and participating in novel medical technology projects. "Additionally, this is also good for the cooperation within Estonia, as the two leading university researchers need to cooperate even more to contribute to these substantial medtech projects," said Varrak.
"Estonia as a whole and Estonian universities have so far successfully participated in the EU programs, but hopefully joining this consortium will also strengthened the global reach of the University of Tartu and TTÜ" said University of Tartu Vice Rector for Development, Erik Puura.
Mart Min, professor for TTÜ’s Faculty of Information Technology, said that Estonian scientists have long-term traditions in working on the medtech field. "Unfortunately, the output of practical applications has been limited as the introduction of novel medical technologies requires a lot of testing, especially clinical testing on human subjects" said Min, and expressed his hope that the cooperation will also open new channels for transforming scientific research into practical applications together with opportunities to earn additional money for continuing the research.
MTEC (Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium) is a network of universities, (industrial) enterprises, NGOs and public institutions that offers innovative products and services to the US army on contractual basis, and commercialises these products and services on the private markets. The consortium has currently 86 members. The high priority areas of interest for to consortium include disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment, providing care for the victims of war, clinical medicine, medical preparations and health information. For supporting the R&D and technology transfers between universities and enterprises, the MTEC has created bi annual call for applications for its members. Each long-term innovation project can get for up to $6 Million USD in funding. The next application round for funding will be announced in the beginning of 2017.