With the support of the Technology Development Program of Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the Taiwan Integrated Biomedical Industrial Center (TIBIC) was launched on ITRI’s Kuang-Fu Campus in late November. The British-Swedish multinational biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has also committed to establish its Future Healthcare Laboratory in this testing and verification field for smart medical technologies.
TIBIC is built to facilitate dialogues among different stakeholders in the biomedical sector. Here vendors are able to verify and adjust their products, while clinicians can learn the latest medical technologies and provide feedback. This can make diagnosis and treatment more accurate and efficient, thus improving the quality of telemedicine and home care. Meanwhile, it will spark more multidisciplinary collaboration and create new value and market opportunities.
TIBIC includes laboratories dedicated to the study of human factors and usability, surgical robot verification, and future healthcare, as well as simulation rooms for computed tomography, hospital general wards, operating rooms and ICUs. To summarize, these clinical testing fields highlight the following areas:
ITRI is eager to invite the international community to exploit the advantages of TIBIC. The participation of AstraZeneca signifies a good start. The company’s excellent technological capacity and brand visibility will also be a great input for ITRI to lead domestic industries in developing advanced medical devices, new drugs and digital health solutions.
As ITRI’s Executive Vice President Alex Y.M. Peng suggests, the COVID-19 pandemic along with the growth in 5G, AI, and big data technology has accelerated the development of tech-assisted healthcare and telemedicine. Thus there will be more medical devices featuring mobility, compact handheld design, and home use. ITRI, he stresses, has been striving to work with industry to integrate R&D results from various disciplines including biomedicine, electronics/optoelectronics, ICT, AI, and machinery, aiming to provide total solutions and service models that satisfy market demands. He believes TIBIC will serve as an international platform that allows partners across different sectors to join ITRI to foster diversified biomedical innovations and co-create a new industrial cluster for smart medical technologies.