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A+ / 1.0 Master Defense day of Maryam Sadeghi and Alan Guthrie

Two INKA students concluded their Master studies today defending their thesis projects. Great results that will also be published in international journals.

Maryam Sadeghi completed her work on "Feedback-based self-improving CNN algorithm for breast cancer lymph node metastasis detection in real clinical environment" in collaboration with the Institute of Pathology at the OVGU hospital (Prof. Haybäck). Her work was supervised by INKA PHD student Ivan Maldonado.

Alan Guthrie's topic was "Development and evaluation of MRI-compatible pneumatic motors for robotic interventions" complementing the ongoing INKA research on interventional MRI tools and devices. His work will also be shown at this year's RSNA meeting in Chicago at the INKA booth (S1239). His work was supervised by INKA PHD student Robert Odenbach.

Master presentations


On November 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm, Dr. Ajay Panday from the Queensland Universit of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane will give a talk on his work (among others: Multi-functional Organic Optoelectronic Arrays as Smart Skin for Robotics) as well as on the joint projects that our PhD student Thomas Sühn will work on during his stay in Brisbane in the near future. Feel free to join Dr. Panday's talk. It will take place in the INKA meeting room (Rötgerstr. 9, building 53, room 118).


We are pleased to aannounce that on November 16, 2018, Holger Fritzsche was appointed head of the VDI's (Association of German Engineers) Technical Division Medical Technology as part of the VDI's ordinary general meeting at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Magdeburg.


As part of the International Workshop on Smart Skins organised by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the Technical University of Munich, that will take place in Munich from November 19 to November 20, 2018, Prof. Michael Friebe will be an invited lecturer on "Proximal Audio Sensor Integration for Acoustic Palpation during Robotic Surgery and Human Monitoring Applications including situational Awareness and Navigation".


The 1st INKA Unconference "Healthcare Start-Ups in an Exponential World - Chancen für die OVGU und Sachsen-Anhalt" was a full success with lively discussions and good ideas emerging! We would like to thank all panelists participants for a great evening!

INKA Unconference


INKA Unconference


Prof. Friebe is attending the Exponential Medicine 2018 in San Diego (Nov. 4 - Nov. 7, 2018), the MUST conference for forward thinking health innovators ...

Exponential Medicine

Surgeons Prof. Carla Pugh (Standford University), Prof. Stefano Bini (UCSF), Prof. Shafi Ahmed (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry) with Prof. Michael Friebe


On November 22, 2018 at 9:00 am, the following Master Thesis defense presentations will be held at INKA (conference room 118, building 53, Rötgerstr. 9, Magdeburg):

  1. Maryam Sadeghi: "Feedback-based self-improving CNN algorithm for breast cancer lymph node metastasis detection in real clinical environment"
  2. Alan Guthrie: "Development and evaluation of MRI-compatible pneumatic motors for robotic interventions"



 As part of the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), Prof. Friebe - along with Dr. H N Suma (BMSCE) and Abhishek Appaji M (BMSCE) - will give a course on "Development concepts for future Imaging and Image Guided Surgeries — exponential Technologies and reverse Innovation" from February 8 to February 14, 2019 at the BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore, India


INKA students presenting their master thesis in front of INKA team

Parisa Master presentation Rajan Master presentation



INKA team and Stimulate with contributions at BMT 2018 in Aachen

BMT 2018


INKA students presenting their master thesis in front of INKA team and our clinical partners



Prof. Friebe was invited as Adjunt Professor in the School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering and the School of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, Science and Engineering Faculty and at the Queensland University of Technology with the term starting on June 21, 2018 and ending on June 20, 2020.


INKA Team members in the regional German newspaper "Volksstimme" with an article about their 1st and 3rd places at the Innovation Research Lab Exhibition (IRLE) 2018 taking place at the Medical Valley Centre in Erlangen.


INKA announces three mega journal acceptances with three different research topics - NATURE Scientific Reports / PLOS ONE / IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics

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INKA Team members won the 1st and 3rd prize for the most innovative student award at the Innovation Research Lab Exhibition (IRLE) 2018 which took place at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg.



INKA Team with 4 presentations at the world's largest biomedical conference, the 40th International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, this year in Honolulu, Hawaii (July 17-21), with 2.700 attendees from 73 nations




The Start-Up Days jointly organised by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft will take place in Bonn on September 10 and 11, 2018. For detailed information, please read here.


INKA Team with 5 Oral and 4 Poster presentations plus 4 conference papers at premier Biomedical ConferenceBMT 2018, Aachen, September 26-28, 2018

30.06.2018 In its latest issue in June 2018, the Otto-von-Guericke University's magazine "unireport" published two articles about the INKA team's innovations as well as the importance of international cooperation.
29.06.2018 The magazine "startUPdate" published an article about the financing situation in the medical technology industry interviewing Prof. Michael Friebe on the current challenges and trends.

INKA Team with strong presence on premier Image Guided Conference

The INKA chair presented in total 6 conference contributions at this year's CARS in Berlin. The cooperative research on Ultrasound guided RF Ablation with Johns Hopkins was presented by Jens Ziegle and also published as journal papers in IJCARS. Younsu Kim from the JHU group of Prof. Boctor presented another paper with joint authorship.

The PhD students Prabal Poudel, Marwah Maatoq and Robert Odenbach showed their results on US Image Segmentation, interventional needle, and MRI marker structure design respectively. And finally Dr. Illanes, a Post-Doc at the chair featured the ongoing research of audio emission detection for device guidance. Prof. Friebe and his team also tied new international connections and research cooperations during the conference namely with the team of Prof. Dobbelsteen from TU Delft and the interventional research group in Groningen.

INKA team at CARS




Guest visit and seminar by Professor Dr. Kao from Taiwan with topic “Vestibular rehabilitation”

Ms. Dr. Kao is a rehabilitation medical doctor of Taipei Veterans General Hospital and also a professor in the school of medicine of National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. She gave a short talk about the current practice of vestibular rehabilitation in clinics and showed some of her research results in this field such as different forms of interactive video-game-based rehabilitation exercises for reversing dizziness symptoms and enhancing balance problems. She also visited the university hospital and our incubator “Image Guided Therapy (IGT)” at the medical campus. It was a pleasure to have Dr. Kao as a guest and we hope there will be an international cooperation with Dr. Kao in the future.



The Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (IHK) regional journal "Der Markt in Mitteldeutschland" published an article about young founders and their ideas and also covered Juan Sebastián Sánchez López and Sinja Lagotzki and their start-up "In-Line".


The Federal Research Ministry's "Entrepreneurial Regions"programme released an article about INKA's important international research cooperations on its website.


Prof. Friebe will be a keynote speaker at 4th IEEE Middle East Conference from 28 - 30 March 2018 in Tunis, Tunisia on the topic "What does it need to take to avoid developing “wrong” Medical Technology products/services?".

08.03.2018 Please read this interesting artcile about the impact of international research cooperations.
07.03.2018 Two joint papers with the Johns Hopkins University have been accepted for the IPCAI conference (International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions) taking place in Berlin in June this year.
05.03.2018 Follow the link to read Prof. Friebe's annual ECR report.
30.01.2018 The Federal Research Ministry's "Entrepreneurial Regions"programme released an article about the InnoLab IGT and the INKA chair on its webseite in January 2018.

Please read the article about Juan Sebastian Sanchez Lopez and Sinja Lagotzki from the business founder team "Flexist" presenting their ideas and works at the „Trialog für Visionäre“ published in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (IHK) regional journal "Der Markt in Mitteldeutschland" in December 2017.


Opening of the new INNOVATION Lab IGT (Image Guided Therapy) at the University Clinic: Please read the article published in VDI's regional journal "Mitteldeutsche Mitteilungen" in January 2018.


Prof. Friebe will hold a seminar with the title "What does it need to take to avoid developing “wrong” Medical Technology products/services?" at the University of Dubai on 30 January 2018.


Prof. Friebe will be a keynote speaker at Arab Health's Biomedical Engineering Conference 2018 in Dubai. Please find the agenda here.


Hugo Junkers Preis 2017 / 2nd place for SURAG – SURgical Audio Guide – übers „Hören“ zum verifizierten therapeutischen Ziel / Chair of Intelligent Catheters and Image Guided Therapies at the Otto von Guericke University with new technology approach for minimal invasive therapy guidance.

We are very happy to announce that the university research team of Prof. Michael Friebe with Dr. Alfredo Illanes, Dr. Axel Boese, MSc. Ali Pashazadeh, MSc. Ivan Maldonado won the Hugo Junkers research price for their new idea of a multi-sensoric audio evaluation system that can be attached to biopsy needles, endoscopes, guide wires, catheters and other surgical devices for enhanced  and more accurate tool guidance.


Prof. Friebe will be a distinguished lecturer at the 1st IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer Event at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Please follow this link to Prof. Friebe's personal report from the RSNA 2017 which took place in Chicago from 26.11. - 01.12.2017.


Prof. Friebe will give a talk at Medizinische Bildgebung 2.0 on the topic "Exponential Technologies: Innovations and possible impact on the health care sector 2027".


Juan Sebastian Sanchez Lopez and Sinja Lagotzki from the business founder team "Flexist" presented their ideas and works at the „Trialog für Visionäre“  which was part of the Gründerwoche 2017 (


Michael Friebe is invited by the German Government as a Speaker on Start-Up Translation at the Brisbane German Week - 07. Nov. 2017.



International Healthcare Vision 2037 : new technologies, educational goals and entrepreneurial challenges — Book available for free Download

What kind of effect will new technologies have on healthcare delivery in the next decades?· Will we finally develop systems to prevent people from becoming patients?· Will healthcare become more and more expensive?· What kind of role will developing nations play?· Do we need all these expensive and complex systems?· Will artificial intelligence, gene therapy, robotics help to tackle the future healthcare issues or will they create additional problems?· … and how can we foster entrepreneurship to identify new unmet clinical needs and subsequently introduce new systems, devices or services?

The conference proceedings and summary of the European "Biomedical Engineering - Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Alliance — BME-IDEA” are now available for free download, edited by Michael Friebe and his team of the chair of Intelligent Catheters and Image Guided Surgeries. 


ISBN 978-3-944722-59-7

DOI: 10.24352/UB.OVGU-2017-76



INKA team with 16 contribution at BMT 2017 in Dresden.


Prof. Friebe will be a speaker at 26th Industriegespräch Chemnitz/Jena in Jena on the topic "Are we developing the wrong products / services in Medical Technology? Or, are we focussing on the wrong value propositions?"


The TUGZ of the OVGU offers you an ideation workshop in cooperation with an innovation expert to develop and exchange ideas in the medical engineering sector. You will create solutions within your research topic and explore possibilities for economic utilization.
For your registration, please send an email to and tell us your name and perhaps your project idea.
Please let us know by October 13 if you are interested to participate. Catering is provided.

Further information is available at


Prof. Friebe will be a speaker at Medizintechnik - Ausblick auf die nächsten 20 Jahre in Bochum, ogranized by VISUS Health IT GmbH and Agentur GesundheitsCampus.


Distinguished lecturer event at JUST campus:


INKA team member Shiras Abdurahman got the 2017 IEEE NSS-MIC Trainee Grant.


For the upcoming ESMRMB congress in Barcelona in October, four abstracts were accepted from the INKA team for presentation. Topics covered by the scientific contributions are material analysis, artefatcs of interventional devices and monitoring of the MRI's helium cooling system.


Our BME-IDEA conference video is online.


INKA + STIMULATE with a very strong presence of 7 scientific contributions and three chair functions at the Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery conference in Barcelona (June 20-24 --

- Presentation: Low-budget limited angle CT device based on a miniaturized x-ray tube by A. van Oepen, S. Abdurahman and M. Friebe

- Presentation: Real-time MRI/US fusion using inside-out tracking of virtually generated markers (ORtoMVM) by S. Balakrishnan and M. Friebe

- Presentation: Intravascular Endoscopy Improvement through Narrow Band Imaging by A. Boese, A. Sivankutty and M. Friebe

- Presentation: Trans-oral miniature X-ray radiation delivery system with endoscopic feedback by A. Boese, F. Johnson, T. Ebert, A. Pashazadeh, C. Arens and M. Friebe

- Presentation: A survey of Auditory Display in Image-Guided Interventions by D. Black, C. Hansen. A. Nabavi, R. Kikinis and H. Hahn

- Presentation: Multiple intracranial aneurysms: a direct hemodynamic comparison between ruptured und unruptured vessel malformation by P. Berg and O. Beuing

- Poster: Vertebral Body Segmentation in Clinical Routine Spine MRI by G. Hille, S. Saalfeld, S. Serowy and K. Tönnies


Unternehmen Region - Die BMB-Innovationsinnovative Neue Länder published the article Hightech für Diagnose und Therapie on their homepage.


Congratulations to Holger Fritzsche who received the "VDI- Förderpreis 2017 des Magdeburger Bezirksvereins/ Sonderpreis Medizintechnik" for his research work entitled "Turnable resectoscope for urology". 


The 5th BME-IDEA EU conference which took place in Germany for the very first time was a big success. 90 international participants came to Magdeburg for three days to discuss the future trends and technologies in the healtcare sector. The program included scientific talks and papers, panel discussion with clinical and technical experts from reserch, development and industry as well as working session where ideas were developed in small groups during the conferences. 



The 5th BME-IDEA conference in the Magdeburg online news.


INKA team with one accepted paper at EUSIPCO 2017.


Prof. Friebe will be a key note addressee at the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Conference (Winnipeg, Canada from 23-26.05.2017, co-sponsored by IEEE) and will also give a talk at the Biomedical Engineering group at the University of Manitoba, Canada.


Researchers from the INKA and the Forschungscampus STIMULATE team presented their latest medical developments as well as medical devices used in clinical routine to a broad public audience at the "Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2017".



INKA Team with record no. of 16 accepted conference papers or abstracts @ BMT 2017 in Dresden.



Sultan Haider, the Leader of the highly successful and unconventional Siemens Healthcare Innovation Think Tank with 11 laboratories worldwide and Prof. Michael Friebe discuss the new INNOLAB:IGT (ego.INKUBATOR) that will be established at the OVGU university clinic. Sultan Haider will also attend the conference organised by INKA ( as one of the keynote lecturers and as part of an Innovation Strategy Panel (June 12, 15:00, Lukasklause, Magdeburg).



Invited Lecture on May 1 and 2 by Prof. Friebe at the VUSI institute and laboratories of Prof. Robert Webster at Vanderbilt University ( on "Minimal invasive and intraoperative image guided tools, devices, and concepts” and "Exponential Technologies and their effects on future healthcare delivery and technology developments”. INKA and VISI are jointly working on new concepts for interventional manipulation under MRI guidance. On May 3, Prof. Friebe will also give a presentation at the labs of Prof. Boctor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (, a research partner of INKA in the field of advanced RFA therapies.


Alfredo Illanes, PhD, from the INKA team, gave an interview for Unternehmen Region - die BMBF-Innovationsinitiative für die Neuen Länder.


Prof. Friebe will be key note addressee on "Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Needs for the gobal healthcare challenges" in a DLP talk organized by the IEEE EMB MSRIT Chapter Bangalore, India, in the frame of their international workshop "Biomedical Engineering & Innovations: Perspectives of Healthcare" from 13-14.02.2017.


The INKA team made a three day trip to the Kreuzeck-Haus near Garmisch-Partenkirchen to conduct several workshops, discuss current research with partners from industry and set up future project works. 



The Magdeburg district association of the VDI has founded the work group Medical Technology under the direction of Dr. Frank Fleischer and Holger Fritzsche.


"Die INKAs sind erfinderisch" - a short documentary written by the BMBF about some of the chair's projects (download as PDF). 


INKA Chair participates in the EU Horizon 2020 project “Tomographic 3D Ultrasound for Safer and more cost-effective Vascular Diagnostics and Treatment Planning” with partners from Austria, UK, and Germany.


Prof. Friebe will give the lecture "High-Tech Medical Technology Investments between Business Angels and the European Angel Fund" at Deutscher Business Angel Tag 2016 in Nuremberg.


The BME IDEA Symposium 2017 will be hosted by INKA (Chair for Catheter Technologies + Image Guided Therapies), Otto-von-Guericke-University, from the 11th to the 13th of June, in Magdeburg, Germany. Further information will follow soon here.


The Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - Unternehmen der Region focusses on INKA's ideas on their homepage.


The second INKA status meeting took place in the INKA headquarters in Magdeburg.


In the journal MITTELDEUTSCHE MITTEILUNGEN Informationen aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Gesellschaft (25. Jahrgang, 4/2016), Prof. Friebe and Axel Boese from the Chair of Catheter Technologies published the article "INKA Kathetertechnologien: Produktinnovation mit Medizinern und nicht nur für sie" along with Dr. Jörg Bode, Primed Halberstadt Medizintechnik GmbH (STIMULATE Verein) and Dr. Mandy Grundmann, Forschungscampus STIMULATE (Otto-von-Guericke-University).


With his publication on „RP-MR-Marker“, Robert Odenbach from the INKA team won the Poster Award in the category „Best idea in basic research“ out of 38 published posters on the 11th Interventional MRI Symposium in Baltimore, USA.



From 4 – 6 October 2016, the employees from the INKA chair of catheter technologies and from STIMULATE have had a successful stay at the "Dreiländertagung Swiss, Austrian and German Societies for Biomedical Engineering" in Basel ( With a great contribution of 18 (out of 400) presentations and posters, the Otto-von-Guericke-University has strongly been represented at BMT.

Members of the INKA and STIMULATE group.


Prof. Friebe will give an invited talk at the conference "Physik fürs „Leben“ – Innovationen in Medizin und Life Sciences" organized by the German "Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft" (DPG). The conference will take place in Bad Honnef from November 6th to 8th.


OVGU Chair of Catheter Technologies with 4 paper presentations at world‘s largest biomedical conference in Orlando. 2.500 attendees from 67 countries at this year‘s IEEE EMBC conference presented almost 1.000 exciting research papers. The OVGU, represented by the Chair of Catheter Technologies and the STIMULATE research campus, highlighted their research in 4 areas by the papers from

15.07.2016 Prof. Friebe will give a lecture entitled Innovation Generation Approaches for valuable Medical Technology Product Developments and the path to Entrepreneurship — Pitfalls and Opportunities within the IHBI Visiting Researcher Seminar at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. The lecture will take place on July 20th.
21.04.2016 At the IEEE EMB Conference Turkey, which takes place on the 7th to 8th of May 2016 in Istanbul, Prof. Friebe is invited to speak about Innovation Generation Approaches for valuable medical technology product developments.  
20.04.2016 Prof. Friebe will give a talk about Unique Egyptian Healthcare Needs — the need for innovative approaches to develop/adapt MedTec for cost reduction and to address distribution inequalities at the German-Egyptian Peer Expert Symposium on Healthcare in Cairo on the 26th of April 2016. 
18.04.2016 During the winter term 2015/2016, our students taking part in the IIGP lecture wrote interesting review papers on different topics image guided procedures. These papers were now published in a book named "Instruments for image guided procedures - IIGP : review summaries for minimal invasive and image guided technologies and clinical procedures : student review papers on selected topics". If you are interested you can download the book here for free.
24.02.2016 Prof. Friebe will give a talk entitled "Lean Start-up in der Medizintechnik – Funktioniert dieser Ansatz auch in stark regulierten Märkten" at the "17. Healthcare Entrepreneurs' Meeting" on 9th of March 2016 at the UnternehmerTUM in Munich. Further information also here.

The OvGU and the TU Munich jointly organized pre-conference workshop for the International Conference on Nuclear Medicine & Radiation Therapy. The workshop was held at February 5th 2016 at the DAV-Haus Spitzingsee in Schliersee (Germany). 

Participants at the workshop in Spitzingsee.


The international students from the IIGP course gave their poster presentations yesterday. The posters covered a broad range of minimally invasive therapies and imaging methods. The best 3 out of the 25 posters were awarded with a prize and a certificate. Magdeburgs local newspaper, the "Magdeburger Volksstimme", published a short article about this event. An additional article was published by the BMBF / Unternehmen Region


19.01.2016 Prof. Friebe has been appointed as an IEEE EMBS distinguished lecturer for 2016-2017. 
12.09.2015 Alexander van Oepen achieved the 3rd place in the Best Poster Competition at the SMIT 2015 conference in Brno, Czech ("Novel Device for Minimally-Invasive Tumor Removal").


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