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DISCUSSION PROJECTS FROM BERLIN‘S HEALTHCARE INDUSTRIES From a breakthrough in cancer cell research to scientific brain jogging – an overview of developments in the Health Capital Promoting health in the workplace The promotion of occupational health is gaining in importance. However, it is often difficult for companies to cater for the various needs of their entire workforce under one roof, without the expenditure rising too high. As a healthcare service provider, machtfit GmbH supports companies in implementing health promotion in the workplace in an attractive, stafforientated and effective way. Corporate customers of machtfit receive their own web-based health platform (www.musterfirma.machtfit.de), on which their employees can choose from a wide range of regional prevention programmes. The innovator in imaging joint diseases Scientific brain jogging The founders‘ enthusiasm for the potential of the human brain laid in place the founding stone for NeuroNation. Together with the Free University of Berlin, NeuroNation has developed over 60 exercises, individual progress analyses, a social network and informative brief explanations on brain jogging. Following distinctions from the federal association of AOK and the Federal Ministry of Health, NeuroNation is the only brain training system in the world to be covered by a health insurer. mivenion GmbH is a young medical engineering company from Berlin. It develops, produces, registers and distributes devices worldwide for the more precise diagnosis of serious diseases such as rheumatism. Xiralite® is the point-of-care-solution of mivenion GmbH. The process allows modern imaging in the case of joint diseases of the hands, and facilitates early diagnosis of diseases such as rheumatism and psoriatic arthritis. DNA extraction, made in Berlin LGC Genomics GmbH in Berlin-Oberschönweide has been offering so-called DNA purification for over 20 years now. By verifying bacterial or viral nucleic acids it is possible to precisely and specifically diagnose diseases. The major challenge here lies in the purification of the DNA or RNA from different sample materials such as blood, saliva or stools. One innovation from the house of LGC Genomics is the DNA extraction kit (sbeadex TM Human). It is based on magnetic particles and is therefore suitable for automated purification. During the process, the nucleic acids bind with the particles and can be purified during multiple washing stages, whereby different sample materials can be used. photos: nuzza11 – Fotolia.com; peecheey; mivenion 18 BERLIN TO GO

DISCUSSION BERLIN SHOCKS! With a special campaign, the Workers‘ Samaritan Federation (ASB) is attracting attention to the subject of life-saving measures with a heart attack. Working under the slogan “BERLIN SHOCKS!”, the ASB now wishes to register all defibrillators available in Berlin – so that it is possible to locate the nearest available defibrillator in an emergency, using the BERLIN SHOCKS app. The app also briefly presents life-saving emergency measures, whilst an emergency call is also triggered. Companies are requested to register their defibrillators with the ASB, so that all Berliners can gain access to them. Because every registered defibrillator can save a life in an emergency! For more information visit www.abs-berlin.de Breakthrough in cancer cell research Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) is the most common type of cancer in children. It can appear in various forms, which vary due to the different changes in the genetic material of the cancerous cells. An international team of scientists from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hanover, Heidelberg, Kiel and Zurich has now succeeded in decoding the molecular characteristics of a previously incurable form of this blood cancer and has therefore opened up approaches for new treatment possibilities. “We are delighted to have contributed to this important project with genomic data analyses and thereby also to decoding genomic changes in this disease”, explains Dr. Bodo Lange (CEO, Alacris Theranostics). The results of this study show the great potential of interdisciplinary research approaches in conjunction with the latest possibilities for cancer research. photos: ASB; iStock/wildpixel; WOM Progress with a 4K camera WOM is a pioneer and one of the world‘s leading manufacturers in the field of minimally invasive surgery (MIS). With the new 4K-Medical-HD® video management system, WOM is presenting a combined solution that unites three different devices to deliver superb imaging and documentation with MIS procedures in a single product. The system is equipped with a 4K camera with specially orientated application profiles. These enable documentation in the form of images and videos during the procedure. Furthermore, an active information exchange with doctors, nurses and usability experts has resulted in the development of innovative device control. The contrast medium specialist Contrast media are a simple way of making structures and functions inside the body clearly visible. nanoPET Pharma GmbH specialises in the research, development and production of innovative active agents for diagnostic imaging. One milestone in small animal imaging is the contrast medium portfolio Viscover TM produced by the biopharmaceutical company. nanoPET also possesses patented basic technology for the use of inorganic nano-particles for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in clinical applications. The company places great value on animal protection in all business segments. BERLIN TO GO 19

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