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According to a survey funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) about people’s opinions of interactive medical technologies, 84% think the research on digital medical devices is important or very important. While 90 per cent could imagine in a serious condition to be using a digital implant. Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka comments: “Interactive medical technologies help people after an illness, an accident or old age, to live an active and independent life.” In this spirit the German government opens two new innovation clusters with partners from the medical industry (SMEs), academia and clinics in the next five years develop innovative digital medical devices. Where the cluster INOPRO focus on research of intelligent prosthetics and orthotics, and the cluster INTAKT working on new interactive micro implants. Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)