NRW Economics Minister impressed by digital compass


At the NRW joint stand at MEDICA, Minister Mona Neubaur was extremely interested in the development of the Digital Compass to support the clinical evaluation of medical devices.

She even adjusted her schedule to find out exactly how the innovative tool provides clinical information on the respective device in an automated way, thus relieving companies of a lot of manual work. This is because the new EU regulations have massively increased the corresponding approval requirements.

This is precisely why the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is promoting the development of support measures in the MDR-Support@NRW project ( The Science Management (SCM) department at the Institute for Applied Medical Engineering (AME)/ RWTH Aachen University is developing the digital compass as a research partner of the project consortium.

Currently, extensive testing is underway with several companies, which are responding with very positive feedback.

The Digital Compass is based on specialized text mining (including literature, clinical studies) to facilitate orientation of companies in clinical evaluation for existing or to-be-developed medical devices.

MEDICA is the largest medical technology trade fair in the world and takes place every year in Düsseldorf.