Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

Delegation Trip to Germany on Health Care & Medical Technology

The second part of the Health Care & Medical Technology Program offered 14 select participants the chance to explore cutting-edge developments during an intensive, 5-day trip throughout Germany. Focus topics included additive manufacturing, opportunities for international collaboration, technology development and transfer, and much more.

The trip took place from October 16-20, 2017.

During the 5-day trip, participants had ample opportunity to visit and speak with key players of the German Health Care & Medical Technology industry from business and research institutions as well as interact with leading industry associations and clusters. Last but not least, participants were able to enjoy German culture and hospitality.

Please find a detailed agenda here.

Please contact program manager Jessica Ferklass for questions.

“I visited Germany as part of a Metalworking delegation from the Great Lakes region. It was motivating to meet a group of regional peers who are metalworking experts and enthusiasts. It was incredibly valuable for us to share and discuss our ideas and impressions with one another as we were exposed to German companies, concepts, and different ways of innovating. Our travels in Germany brought us to a few different areas where there is a long tradition of metalworking in manufacturing. We connected with industry stakeholders to exchange knowledge and understandings of the metalworking craft, best practices, emerging trends, training models, workforce development initiatives, and also to discuss opportunities for international collaboration.  This fantastic experience was made possible by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, as part of their Transatlantic Cluster Initiative”.

Melissa Menon, Talent/Community Engagement Manager, DARCO Manufacturing, Inc.

US Partner


German Partners




Jessica Ferklass

Manager, Consulting Services


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