MITA Award: Hans Beinke Embodies Röntgen’s Legacy

MITA Award: Hans Beinke Embodies Röntgen’s Legacy

This piece was originally published in the December 2017 issue of electroindustry.

Hans Beinke’s decades of leadership in the medical device industry were recognized during the NEMA Annual Membership Meeting with the presentation of the first Röntgen Award.

Named for the father of medical imaging, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, this award celebrates pioneers within NEMA’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA). A mechanical engineer and physicist, Mr. Röntgen discovered x-rays and created the first medical image in 1895. In 1896, Siemens developed that technology and invented the first industrially manufactured x-ray tubes for medical diagnostics.

As vice president of Siemens Healthcare, USA, Mr. Beinke was involved in MITA for more than 15 years. During that time, he has held numerous positions, including chair of the Magnetic Resonance Section and the Global Affairs Committee and vice chair of the Technical and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

His acumen during two Medical Device User Fee Agreement (MDUFA) negotiations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 and 2017 led to increased efficiency within the agency and faster approval times for members’ products.

Additionally, while chairing the Global Affairs Committee, he drove the development of NEMA/MITA 1-2015 Good Refurbishment Practices for Medical Imaging Equipment, which the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recognized as a Publicly Available Specification, a designation that applies to a publication responding to an urgent market need.

He was also instrumental in developing a new work item proposal for the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) that will enhance the standards development environment to create standards that are a better fit for regulatory purposes.

Mr. Beinke’s participation in MITA activities and significant leadership roles have advanced MITA’s mission by furthering the medical imaging device marketplace domestically and internationally, reducing trade and regulatory barriers, and addressing technical issues integral to the industry.

His unparalleled work for Siemens Healthineers and his leadership within MITA continue to play a crucial role in Röntgen’s legacy.

About the Röntgen Award

Named for the father of medical imaging, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, this award celebrates pioneers within NEMA’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA). A mechanical engineer and physicist, Mr. Röntgen discovered x-rays and created the first medical image in 1895. In 1896, Siemens developed that technology and invented the first industrially manufactured x-ray tubes for medical diagnostics.


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