Hightech Research Center HFZ

Oral Health Technology OHT is part of the Hightech Research Center (HFZ) at the University Hospital Basel. It was founded in 2004 by the Cranio-Maxillofacial Sur­geon and visionary Professor Hans-Florian Zeilhofer.

In this multidisciplinary research environment, physicians, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists, engineers, artists and scientists from other specialties are closely cooperating in inter­national teams, thus transcending the boundaries that occasionally impede the work of conventional research centres.

At the HFZ, which is tightly linked to the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital Basel, interdisciplinary, flexible research teams solve prob­lems that arise from the daily clinical work. In cooperation with university partners in Switzerland and abroad, but also in close coop­eration with the industry, new technologies and work processes in diagnostics and treatment are developed based on concrete clinical problems with the focus on Oral Health Technologies. The problem-solving approaches developed in cooperation with other research groups are continu­ously evaluated by surgeons re­garding clinical applicability.

The main objective of the asso­ciated research groups is the development of technologies to market. Consequently, research results range from the develop­ment of new surgical tools, medi­cal additive manufacturing, including patient specific im­plants for cranio-maxillofacial surgery, new methods of three-dimensional surface analysis and a special, miniaturized 3D real-time navigation system for intra-operative application in complex craniofacial surgical proce­dures, to new laser technolo­gies and innovative developments in robotics. Add­itionally, another research focus at the centre is telemedicine and advanced medical education.

Based on the excellent research results of the recent years, several medtech start-up companies could be founded.


Prof Dr Dr Hans-Florian Zeilhofer
Head of Oral Health Technologies
Gewerbestrasse 14
4123 Allschwil

Tel: +41 (0)61 265 96 41