Young Talent Award goes to Charlotte Pradel at MedtecLIVE 2021

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In the run-up to the MedtecLIVE trade fair in April, students and graduates in medical engineering and related fields had the opportunity to submit their theses. These were assessed based on innovation, relevance to the digital health industry, and scientific quality. Following virtual presentations from the top 5 submissions, the jury members awarded the Young Talent Award to Charlotte Pradel for her bachelor thesis on image processing supporting tissue engineering.

In the future, tissue engineering should make it possible to personalize transplant organs by populating them with the receiver’s own cells. This is achieved by removing all donor-specific cellular components from the organ and recellularizing it with the patient’s own cells. However, removing the original cells is a laborious process that must be closely monitored. In her bachelor thesis, Charlotte Pradel developed a system with which the complex monitoring can be automated on the basis of image processing. This technology could contribute to a fully automated process for removing the cells and thus to the further development of personalized medicine.

Charlotte Pradel completed her bachelor thesis at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and is currently pursuing a master degree there in Health and Medical Data Analytics, an international and entrepreneurial program supported by the EIT Label (European Institute of Innovation & Technology).