From a medical point of view, it is necessary to reduce the effects of invasive therapeutic and surgical interventions to a minimum. As a result, developers of single-use medical devices strive towards linking several functions of these devices, i.e. functions which have been previously fulfilled by several systems and components for post-operative treatment can now be combined in in one single device or fewer devices than before (minimally invasive approach). This results in less stress on the patient due to smaller wounds, faster healing and reduction of the risk of wound infections. Therefore, the implementation of several functions in one product represents a promising approach.
The "MIMEG" network (multifunctional and invasively applicable materials and devices) bundled capacities to develop, market and distribute medical devices worldwide. The developed products are disposable medical products made of plastic for invasive medical applications (catheters, tubing, etc.), which combine several functions in one product (multifunctionality). Several small and medium-sized enterprises worked together to solve these problems. “MIMEG” was funded as a Network Management East (NEMO) project under the federal Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM).