Conventional pacemakers have batteries which are responsible for the power supply of the device. These batteries have a finite energy storage capacity, which is why pacemaker generator changes are frequent due to battery exhaustion. Pacemakers without batteries are therefore highly desirable. Reoperations and resulting complications can thus be avoided. The following article by among others sitem-insel employee Dr. Adrian Zurbuchen gives an insight into the research and development activities in the field of battery-free pacemakers.
At the operational level, a handover will take place as planned on November 1, 2018. Dr. sc. nat. ETH Simon A. Rothen will take over the newly created CEO function from the former Managing Director Prof. em. Dr. med. Felix Frey.
As of January 1, 2019, Prof. Dr. med. dent. Daniel Buser will become Chairman of the Board of Directors of sitem-insel after Dr. h.c. Uwe E. Jocham held this position on an interim basis since autumn 2017.
Prof. Dr. Christian Leumann will newly join the strategic committee as a representative of the University of Bern. He fills the position of Dr. Daniel Odermatt, who passed away.