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Dr Demir

Dr Demir

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TOBB ETU Faculty Member Dr. Teyfik Demir is among the top40 scientists in medical technology
04.07.2012 / Ankara / Turkey
 TOBB President and TOBB ETU Board of Trustees President M. RifatHisarcıklıoğlu, providing information regarding the goals of the University andthe projects being worked on, stated that TOBB ETU Faculty Member Dr. TeyfikDemir is among the top 40 scientists of the world in the field of medicaltechnology.
Stating that the matter of the well being of the future of a countryand its increasing prosperity are closely related to entrepreneur numbers andquality, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “It is for this reason that we established the TOBBUniversity of Economy and Technology (TOBB ETU) in order put forth aneducation model which derives its power and foundation from
entrepreneurship. The success of our teachers and students makes us deeplyproud.”
- TOBB ETU’s exalting successes
 Talking about developments in the field of medical technology as an exampleof TOBB ETU’s successes, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “The latest example of thesuccess of our University is that one of our faculty members has entered thelist of 40 people under the age of 40 to be the best in the field of medicaltechnology, the first academic in Turkey to do so. The person to do so wasTOBB ETU Engineering Faculty Biomedical Engineering Department MemberAsst. Prof. Dr. Teyfik Demir. The award is given by the Medical Device andDiagnostic Industry organization in Britain to scientists who greatly innovate inthe field of medical technology. The award was given to Dr. Demir, whoopened the first implant test center called Labiotech in Turkey, in June. Dr.Demir was nominated by two professional committees in Germany and theNetherlands to be entered into this list.Dr. Teyfik Demir was the first faculty member to receive his doctorate degreefrom TOBB ETU. His doctorate thesis was on the subject of the performance of the prostheses used in spinal surgeries. He picked this subject in order to fill agap in the sector which he observed during the joint education program’sindustry visits. He is now opening Turkey’s first Clinical BiomechanicsLaboratory. He established the Biotechnology Laboratory Company namedLabiotech with great support from TOBB ETU in 2011.”-
Test which costs 23,000 Euros in Germany costs 5,000 TL (around 2750USD) in Turkey
 Stating that said laboratory is the only one in Turkey, and is viewed as one of the important centers in Europe, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “The laboratory performstests on prostheses used in spinal and trauma surgeries. On the results of thesetests, it is decided whether the prostheses can be used by people.”Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that these tests are legal obligations and went on, “Theresults of the tests conducted here are accepted by the US Food and DrugAdministration and the institutions authorized by the European Union. As thesetests are legal obligations, they had to be done abroad before. The lab startedconducting tests at a tenth of the prices found abroad. The test which costs23,000 Euros in Germany is conducted for 5,000 TL (around 2750 USD) inTurkey. One of the largest costs for local producers was these tests. As thecosts of testing decreased and were able to be conducted quickly in Turkey,R&D results soon started gaining marketability.”
Solution for the delayed entry of Turkish products into markets
 Reminding that as laboratories abroad give priority to their national testing,TOBB President and TOBB ETU Board of Trustees Chairman Hisarcıklıoğlu statedthat Turkish products are being delayed from entering into markets due to thisand went on: “Our faculty member has quickly begun producing solution. Thisis why the MDDI has focused on him. This is the reason the number of Turkishmanufacturers has increased by three times in a year. Importers have investedin machinery and started producing locally. The number of producers of medical equipment designed to be left inside the body have reached 30. Therewere only 8 when he started his business. Many companies have stoppedimporting.Another important point to note is that the cost of these high added valuegoods to the government has decreased. The drop of costs for local producershas brought with it import substitution. As the number of local producersincreased, the domestic market became too small for them and they havestarted entering foreign markets in Iran and Russia.”
- 3 Turkish companies in the US market
 The professor has established Labiotech’s US branch and begun FDAconsultation to Turkish producers to enter the American market. Three Turkishcompanies have already entered the US market. The number of Turkishprosthesis models sold in Europe is has surpassed 20. Labiotech is providingservice to 14 countries. Dr. Teyfik Demir has designed and produced all testingequipment in use at the laboratory and holds the patents for all of them. Dr.Demir has completed the 15th patent procedure for a process for spinal surgeryand has licensed 8 of his patents to national and international companies.”
- Dr. Teyfik Demir
 Dr. Teyfik Demir, one of the top 40 scientists in the field of medical technologysaid, “I received my doctorate degree from TOBB ETU in 2011. I was also thefirst post graduate and doctorate student of TOBB ETU. I can easily say thatTOBB ETU has been my alma mater.I developed armor capable of stopping armor-piercing bullets during my postgraduate time at TOBB ETU. I steered towards the medical field. I conductedmy thesis studies at the Ankara University Medical Faculty Brain and NerveSurgery. I conducted research on the biomechanical performances of theproducts used in spinal surgeries. This was a result of my student visits to the

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