The “Mannheim Molecular Intervention Environment (M²OLIE)” Forschungscampus is one of nine currently funded research projects, which as part of the “Forschungscampus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovation” competition received an award from the Ministry of Education and Research on 25 September, 2012.
Through close interdisciplinary cooperation with doctors, scientists, engineers, economists and IT scientists from five academic (universities and non-university research institutions) and thirteen industrial partners (large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises) a medical intervention environment for the development of minimally invasive cancer treatments is developed at the Mannheim university hospital. During this development process, therapeutic procedures in the fields of radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy are to be improved and supplemented by modernised imaging methods, patient-specific radio-pharmaceuticals, robot-based intervention assistants and many more personalised therapeutic procedures. This variety of innovations, coupled with new examination and treatment methods and patient-specific therapies involves changing the processes both inside and outside the operating room. Part of the research project also involves optimising these transformed processes through a process management system. The development of this “intervention environment of the future” is the specific aim of the “M²OLIE” Forschungscampus.
“The research campus is another tool that enhances the new forms of cooperation prevalent in high-tech strategy – such as innovation alliances and leading-edge clusters. Similar to these, the Research Campus combines significant resources drawn from science and industry for research and innovation. Due to the jointly operated research location, they are, however, in comparison characterised by being in close proximity in a single location, commitment over long periods of time and by the special focus on application-oriented basic research.” Source
This research project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Research and headed by VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH.
The logo of the M²OLIE Forschungscampus symbolises the desired closed-loop process of the molecular intervention and the synergy of the various fields of engineering (blue), natural sciences(green), medicine (red) and business administration/information science (orange). The stylised M² represents the five lead and cross-sectional projects and the implied molecular structure refers in turn to molecular intervention. The stylised M² is also inspired by the logo of the city of Mannheim (Mannheim² = Mannheim squared). M² is also adopted again in the naming of the research campus: Mannheim Molecular Intervention Environment: M²OLIE