Discussion of the DHC innovation strategy with Minister President Tobias Hans

16. June 2021

Today, the development and production of pharmaceutical and medical technology products are no longer conceivable without digital solutions due to the high regulatory requirements. The DHC companies provide services and software solutions to a large number of customers in this exciting market segment of the life science industry. On June 02, 2021, the Minister President of the Saarland, Tobias Hans, informed himself about the current developments and perspectives in a detailed presentation by the DHC companies.

Minister President of Saarland Tobias Hans (center) with DHC Managing Directors Dr. Rudi Herterich (right) and Dr. Wolfgang Kraemer (left).

For example, the research project “GxP-Blockchain” is funded by the Central Technology Program Saar and by the European Regional Development Fund. The goal is to test blockchain technologies as an innovative technology option for audit trails. Another research topic is automated and AI-based methods for necessary regulatory post-market surveillance and risk assessment in medical technology. These and other research projects are bundled in the DHC Business Solutions innoLAB. The results are integrated into existing software solutions or transferred into new digital platform services until they are ready for the market.

The reach and relevance that our solutions and services have achieved in the meantime, as also demonstrated by some examples from customers, was assessed very positively by Minister President Hans in terms of their unexpected dimension.

Another important topic of discussion was the regional shortage of skilled workers, especially in the software development environment. Our desire to focus attention not only on excellence in cutting-edge IT research, but also to orient university education towards the programming of software applications (keyword: Code University), was openly received. The IT companies founded in the Saarland are broadly positioned with a variety of competencies, perhaps in contrast to the way they are portrayed in public. It is therefore all the more gratifying when the numerous hidden champions – true to the motto “Großes entsteht immer im Kleinen” (“Great things comes in small packages”) – are noticed by politicians.

On behalf of all employees of the DHC companies, we would like to express our sincere thanks for the visit of Minister President Hans and his team. We are looking forward to the next meeting.

Photos courtesy of the State Chancellery/lvh