Life sciences engineering concerns the application of engineering principles and practices to living organisms and is used in everything from stem cell engineering, biochips, biosensors, molecular biocomputing to medical imaging, infusion pumps to microkeratomes. Their task, to quote the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering – an industry association representing more than 5,000 European members, is to “devise new methods, technologies and products to improve our health and fight against disease.”
Medical device engineers develop a wide range of healthcare devices that improve the healthcare industry. They must combine their knowledge of biology, medicine and engineering to research and develop products to enhance patient care. In Switzerland, the SSBE Swiss Society are an association of engineers, physicists, natural scientists, and medical doctors who are active in biomedical engineering in academia, research or industry. SSBE promotes networking between members and people interested in the field of biomedical engineering.
The industry association Swiss Medtech represents the interests of Swiss medical technology. Their goal is to maintain its international competitiveness and innovation, to strengthen its home market and to promote a quality-oriented, progressive healthcare system. Swiss medical device manufacturers are competitive in the global marketplace and export the majority of their products. As the demand for more technologically advanced, sophisticated medical equipment rises, manufacturers will rely on the expertise of medical device engineers to meet it.
A pharmaceutical engineer can be involved in every process of the production of a drug, right down to designing the packaging it comes in to ensure quality management, tamper indication and safety. This is a growing sector of the industry and its continued growth is sure to provide an abundance of jobs for the more creatively inclined pharmaceutical engineers.
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