The Centre for Neuroscientific Innovation and Technology (ZENIT) was founded with the aim to use the neuroscientific site Magdeburg for a transfer of its basic knowledge into realizable product development. ZENIT offers a development of radiating impulses going via the university into the economy of Saxony-Anhalt, contributing to an important development of a regional industrial structure on a long term basis. ZENIT was founded together with a municipal holder as an independent institution within the university, renting out research areas to institutions cooperating with the university, commercial research companies as well as university institutions. The interdisciplinary research building provides space and equipment of render outside grants and industry-sponsored research projects. ZENITs medical as well as medical-technical research are aimed at innovation and technology development. The most important neuroscientific topics of ZENIT are neuropharmacology, neuromedical technique and applied neuro-computer-science. Within ZENIT medical-technologically orientated companies (e.g. pharmaceutical industry, medical toolbuilding etc.) will establish work groups which intend to realise concrete and defined research and development projects independently or in cooperation with the medical faculty. ZENIT also laid the foundations for the formation of companies which developed out of the university (start-up companies).
Concept of the Centre for Neuroscientific Innovation and Technology
Formation – Goals – Main Focus – Methods
In detail following scientific fields represent the central focus:
The goals of ZENIT are on the one hand of scientific on the other hand of economic character. They are meant to create an attractive and strong image of the site Magdeburg.
Summarized following aims of the ZENIT-project can be formulated:
Aim of ZENIT in particular is the technology transfer in neuroscience, in fact in both directions: On one hand the neurobiological / neuropsychological knowledge will lead to the development of new products (for example: computer-assisted rehabilitation), on the other hand particularly innovations in the medical-technological subjects which stimulate the theoretical and clinical neurosciences (for example: image-producing technologies).
In order to realize these aims different measures have to be taken. First of all, a productive relationship between researching professors and clinicians has to be ensured to enable the achievement of novel technological developments in the applied neurosciences by improved understanding.
Following measures were undertaken to achieve these aims:
a) for efficient research projects and
b) for central institutions (see below).
The implementation of scientific aims requires in addition to the scientific requirements appropriate building services engineering and device-related equipment. At the medical faculty exists presently a significant lack on research areas partly also on research supporting service facilities. In order to realize the project aim in connection with the technical faculties, non-university research institutions and the industry comfortable conditions are created in high quality at ZENIT. The inclusion of technical subjects is thereby a sensible addition and establishes a basis for new solutions and product developments.