What we do

Together with local partners, we work on engineering projects which focus on the needs of developing countries. Students from all fields are welcome.

Overcoming engineering challenges, product development, intercultural experiences and foreign activities are all part of this initiative. Our members strengthen their knowledge about requirements for medical devices in the least developed countries and emerging markets through their work in the initiative. Furthermore, the students will be able to understand the technical and social situation in different environments and learn to implement locally adapted solutions for medical technology. Those results are presented on different international conferences.

Current Project Teams


Together with Planet Action e.V. and the Deutsch-Madagassischer Verein Esslingen e.V. (DMVE), denTUM tries to make locally manufactured sustainable toothbrushes in Madagascar a reality.


Lithium-based therapy is affordable, but due to the demand for laboratories still inaccessible to many rural communities. LiTUM tries to change that by pursuing new blood measurement methods for lithium.

Previous Projects


Global Health Challenge

The Global Health Challenge was a two months long competition during the summer semester of 2019 with a final presentation at the end of the semester.

Automated Infusion Control


One project tried developing an affordable autoclave to be used in hospitals and medical institutions in least developed countries. Insufficient sterilization is one of the main causes for reinfection. A first prototype was manufactured in cooperation with students from the Tegbareid College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


First additive-printed prototype of Fabian’s ankle prosthesis

MedTech OneWorld Students begann with a group of passionate students from the Chair of Medical Materials and Implants. As part of MedTech OneWorld the MMI chair organized research opportunities outside of Germany which strongly resonated with the students. In an effort to continue their newly gained friendships and skills they decided to found the student initiative MedTech OneWorld Students.

In a first project Fabian Jodeit developed an ankle prosthesis in collaboration with the NGO Cheshire Services Ethiopia. He stayed on-site for six months to coordinate every design step with engineers. The first 3D–printed prototype was followed by a locally produced aluminum mold version developed by Max Schlegel and Adrian Holste.

The additive-printed prototype (as seen on the left) was developed and later presented at the Future Council of the Bavarian Economy. Fabian Jodeit is now employed as a research associate at the Chair of Medical Materials and Implants.