Robots Cuts Red Ribbon: The New DBE Officially Inaugurated
On January 30, the DBE's new premises were inaugurated with a bang: Thomi Jourdan, head of the department of economy and health of Canton Basel Landschaft, Prof. Andrea Schenker-Wicki, rector of the University of Basel, and Prof. Philippe Cattin, head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering pressed the button.
Doing so, they set a laser robot in motion which cut the red ribbon, thus official inaugurating the new premises of the DBE. DBE researchers say, that their technology will not replace surgeons. They might replace the VIPs cutting the red ribbon with scissors, though.
The ceremonial act, with speeches by Jourdan, Prof. Schenker-Wicki, and Prof. Cattin, was witnessed by more than 100 representatives from politics, the hospitals of Basel Landschaft and Basel, foundations, industry, and the university. The guests participated in tours to 12 different labs, and learned, that the DBE works on enhancing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation while reducing costs for the healthcare system. They enjoyed an apéro riche and spoke about translational research between engineering, the clinic, the life-science industry and the quickly growing BaseLink innovation district.