The Health Campus Agency Bochum

The nucleus for developing innovative healthcare solutions

The Health Campus Agency Bochum strengthens the healthcare sector in Bochum and the region. It’s goal as an incubator for innovative projects is to bring new companies to the area, to support start-ups and to add value to the growing healthcare market together with existing companies. Through this, the agency contributes to the healthy development of the whole region.

The agency

  • provides full-service for companies and start-ups (conceptual consultancy, partners, networks, funding, flexible office and laboratory space etc.)
  • does strategic technology scouting to match global trends and local knowhow
  • creates a climate of interdisciplinary information exchange and platforms for cooperations

In developing innovative, patient-oriented care solutions, companies and scientists profit from the excellent networking with the healthcare sector. The high density of hospitals in the region as well as practitioners’ networks and further organizations offer a reference market for new treatments and products, located in the centre of the Ruhr metropolis.

The Health Campus Agency Bochum is supported by economic, scienctific and healthcare experts. The expert board builds up connections, develops networks and initiates projects. Together, public and private funding is acquired for the projects.

Members of Expert Board:

Birgit Fischer

Birgit Fischer

Since 2011, Birgit Fischer is Director General of the vfa (German Association of Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies). She has been the chairwoman of the board at the BARMER GEK (2010 – 2011) and vice chairwoman of the board at BARMER (2007 – 2009), Minister for health, social welfare, women and family in North Rhine-Westphalia (1998 – 2005), parliamentary secretary of the social democratic fraction in the state parliament (1991 – 1998) and after graduating from the studies of pedagogy she was active in the further education as well as equal opportunity commissioner before she became member of the state parliament (1990 – 2007).

Jörg Holstein

Jörg Holstein

Jörg Holstein is one of the founders of VISUS.

He has a Master of Science degree in computer science with focus on business administration. Jörg Holstein has more than 20 years of experience in medical computer science in particular in Radiology and image management. Prior to his work in VISUS he was head of the computer science departments of the Mülheimer Radiology Institute and the Institute for Microtherapy at the private University of Witten/Herdecke.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Ostendorf

Prof. Dr. Ing. Andreas Ostendorf

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ostendorf studied electrical engineering at the Univercity of Hannover, and received a doctors’ and professors’ degree from the faculty of mechanical engineering afterwards. From 2000 to 2008 he was CEO and member of the board at the Laser Centre Hannover e.V. In this role, he was founding CEO of the competence network for optic technologies PhotonicNet AgmbH in Lower Saxony. From 2003 to 2008 he was co-founder and member of the board of the Centre for Biomedical Technologies and Innovations e.V., Hannover. Since 2008, he is professor at the chair for Applied Laser Technology at the Ruhr-University Bochum.

He is active in numerous committees, such as since 2013 as President of the Scientific Society for Lasertechnology (WLT e.V.) and as a member of the scientific board of the Science Association of Fine Mechanics, Optics and Medical Technology e.V. in the inter-trade organization SPECTARIS.