Acknowledgements

Academic research institutions depend significantly on financial support from public funding agencies including governmental and non-governmental institutions, the Swiss and international medical technology industry, as well as from private sponsors. We are indebted to the University of Bern, the Inselspital Bern and the Bern University of Applied Sciences for their generous contributions towards base funding and infrastructural support of all listed groups. We graciously and specifically would like to thank the Swiss National Science Foundation for their support and the federal CTI Innovation Promotion Agency for providing R and D matching funds. In addition, support in the form of equipment, donations, or finances provided by various foundations and companies for a large number of specific research projects is gratefully acknowledged. We would also like to thank all of our national research partners for their collaboration and cooperation, most notably,the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, CSEM, as well as the Swiss Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne.