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16th May 2017, Boennigheim

Hohenstein Group establishes Hohenstein Health Center

Hohenstein Institute has set up a new centre for textile public health as part of its group of companies in Boennigheim. The Hohenstein Health Center will concentrate specifically on medical textiles, such as clothing, textile products and processes that affect human health. Prof Dirk Höfer is leading the new centre as Medical Director and Managing Director of Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co KG.

The use of textile products in disease prevention and in maintaining and restoring human health in everyday life – and also for medical, caring and hygiene purposes – has increased greatly in scope and diversity. Consequently, many of the users and other people involved in healthcare do not have the necessary clear, up-to-date and scientifically-based information about the benefits, risks, applications and areas of use of these textiles, according to Hohenstein Institute.

With ARTUS, the ARTificial UteruS, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim have developed the world's first artificial uterus, which helps premature babies to develop by providing sensory stimulation. © Hohenstein Group

“Medical textiles in the healthcare sector have been a growth market worldwide for decades, also benefiting small and medium-sized companies producing interesting products, but the framework conditions are going to become much more difficult in future,” the institute explains.

“The changes that will be introduced by the EU Directive on Medical Devices (MDR) which enters into power in 2017 will present new challenges for all textile companies operating in the medical textiles sector. For example, there will be higher specifications for clinical evaluation.”

Diagram showing how the artificial uterus ARTUS works. The new product won the Techtextil Innovation Award in the New Application category in 2015. © Hohenstein Group

It is against this background that the Hohenstein Health Center will in future be developing and supporting medical expertise on textile products affecting human health, both those that are either already on the market and those due to be launched. It will also be establishing links with the various players in the healthcare sector who deal with this kind of textile, and sharing expertise and new findings within the textile industry and among doctors and consumers.

The Hohenstein Health Center will offer specialist medical expertise to support efficient product development, from the initial research concept through to product launch on the market. The main purpose of the new centre will be to support the use of textiles to promote, protect and restore good health.

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