The Health Campus Agency Bochum

We close the gap between academic research and the healthcare business creating links with regional companies and universities – and with you. We will accompany you while you implement your innovative ideas at the healthcare location of Bochum.


The Health Campus Agency cooperates with numerous regional partners. Together we want to attract new companies to our location, support spin-offs and develop innovative projects. The close-knit network consisting of all the many different stakeholders in the healthcare sector ensures that companies can quickly find the right partners for their projects and that work can be distributed appropriately.

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Initiative Group

The approximately 60 members of our Initiativkreis, all of them decisionmakers from companies, scientific institutions and the healthcare services sector, form a network of stakeholders and institutions which are relevant for this healthcare location. Their specific task is to operationalise topics and ideas and to contribute their knowledge and expertise. They are also ambassadors for the Health Campus Bochum promoting the national and international image of Bochum as a location for the healthcare sector. 

Are you interested in working in the Initiativkreis? Please get in touch with Johannes Peuling.

Concentrated expertise

Our aim is to use Bochum’s great potential more effectively for the development of the city as a location for healthcare. This is what our committee of experts stands for, a group made up of one representative from each of the worlds of business, science and healthcare.  They support the Health Campus Agency Bochum with intensive and specific advice by creating links, building networks, and initiating projects, funding and finance.

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Start-up support

Young and successful companies – many of them are spin-offs out of the universities – define the core of the location for healthcare in Bochum.

As to promote their growth, the Health Campus Agency Bochum offers professional consulting service for start-up companies.

Innovationsfonds Ruhr

Start-up companies that are looking for funding opportunities can find support from the Innovationsfonds Ruhr. The regional investment fond which is, in this way offered for the first time backs up innovative business concepts with equity each amounting up to € 50,000. Moreover, the business starters can benefit from the expertise of former entrepreneurs and top managers who are now volunteering as IHK-Senior-Experts in order to share their precious experiences. The innovation fund Ruhr is a joint initiative by the Ruhr-University Bochum, rubitec GmbH, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, IHK-Senior-Experts and Sparkasse Bochum and is sponsored by the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia.


Besides individual consulting services concerning all important aspects of the start-up and funding of companies, the local start-up competition Senkrechtstarter provides an excellent platform to improve and perfect business concepts, while also offering the chance to find the ideal cooperation partners and to receive coaching by experts at special theme events.

Our projects


With their platform for “sensor-based neuron-adaptive prosthetics” (SNAP) – a test bed for high-tech prostheses – companies in Bochum are breaking new ground in medical technology. This is an area which has not been tapped into and is now being explored to create marketable products and services which target the customization of prostheses and orthoses for the lower extremities. 

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Hospital Engineering

The “Hospital Engineering – innovative paths for the hospital of the future” research project prepares clinics in North Rhine-Westphalia for the challenges and the competitive environment that lie ahead to maintain their competitive edge in terms of technical expertise and ecology. 

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People who are blind or have visual impairments naturally have some difficulties getting around in everyday life. The main aids so far have been guide-dogs and white sticks.

The research project RaVis-3D has set itself the aim of making great improvements to everyday support.

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Cyberdyne Care Robotics GmbH

Mirko S. had a car accident twelve weeks ago. He can’t remember exactly what happened. The devastating news after his operation: paraplegia. He is now being treated at the University Clinic Bergmanssheil (BMH) and is already taking his first “steps” towards a new life.

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Auditory training at home – from Bochum.

Language is the key medium for human communication and is closely linked to hearing. Limited hearing ability often has a huge impact on people’s lives and can even lead to social isolation.

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Birgit Fischer

Bochum has created a pro-health alliance! Together we can strengthen medical progress – for the benefit of the patients. That is why we foster innovations and actively support cooperations between research, the health system and businesses.

Birgit Fischer
Hauptgeschäftsführerin des vfa (Verband der forschenden Pharma-Unternehmen)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ostendorf

Bochum has developed a great appeal as a centre of knowledge beyond the region. It is this transfer between science and economy that is important and exciting for the future of the city.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Ostendorf
Prorector for research, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Jörg Holstein

VISUS Health IT helps hospitals and doctors with medical IT solutions – right at the heart of Bochum, on the Health Campus. The best address for innovations! Established SMEs and young start-ups all benefit from exchanging ideas, the special environment and the networks here.

Jörg Holstein
Gründer und Geschäftsführer der VISUS Health IT GmbH