Role and Contribution
The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart works in the field of research and development of optimal solutions for the European manufacturing industry. The Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB is located at the medical faculty of the University of Heidelberg in Mannheim to boost automation potential in medicine and biotechnology. The group is the first to do research and development in these areas of expertise within such an academic and medical environment. Since the founding of PAMB, we can increasingly apply this expertise to medicine and biotechnology and evaluate the results directly with our clinical partners in Mannheim.
Engineering design expertise in medical robotics and years of experiece in development of innovative surgical tools makes us a competent partner in developing an innovative biopsy needle with an interface compatible with the subsequent tissue processing device.
High competence in tissue processing and extensive experience in magnetic bead technology allows the development of an innovative technology for biopsy disruption and subsequent specific tumour cell isolation.
Auguste van Poelgeest
Dr. Auguste van Poelgeest studied Mechanical Engineering (MEng) at the University of Bath (UK). She wrote her PhD on control theory at the Centre for Power and Motion Control of the same university. In November 2011 she started work as a research scientist at the Fraunhofer Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB in Mannheim (GER). Here she develops novel mechatronic medical instruments. In previous projects she has contributed to mechanical design and analysis of medical products and safety critical devices.
Dr. Sabrina Schubert studied Biology at the University of Wuerzburg (GER). She wrote her PhD on resistance mechanisms in yeast infections at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology of the same university. In January 2012 she started work as a research scientist at the Fraunhofer Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology PAMB in Mannheim (GER). She is specialized in molecular biology and mainly involved in the development in novel magnetic bead technologies.