Tuebingen, 3 September 2019 – For years now the German medical technology sector has been growing much faster than the country’s economy as a whole. Demographic change and confidence in health products “Made in Germany” are making medical technology a successful, profitable and stable industry, which has remained largely independent of economic cycles. After strong growth, however, the upward trend in medical technology has lost momentum since 2016. The index value of 112 % (2016) fell to 110.5 % in 2017 and again in 2018 to 109.7 %. The sector’s dynamic growth may have been slowed by stricter regulatory requirements, which came into force in 2017 with the Medical Device Regulation. The development of the sector in relation to the economy as a whole is indicated in the Medical Technology Index published by SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement, a Germany-based late-stage venture and small cap investor with sector funds for the medical device industry in the DACH region. The medical technology investor designed and calculated the index in cooperation with Christian Koziol, Professor and Chair of Finance at the University of Tübingen, Germany. The index measures the medical technology sector’s potential for innovation and growth based on the four indicators turnover, employment figures, patent approvals and share price development. The index is to be updated annually in the future.

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