BeST in Class

Berlin’s multi-award-winning Charité Hospital is establishing an OP simulation and training center and education project for healthcare professionals. The center, called BeST, is looking for industry partners and is open to working with overseas investors.

November 2019


The future building of the simulation and training center © Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berliner Simulations- und Trainingszentrum

Flight simulators have long been an integral part of pilot training. Now, simulation is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare. Berlin’s Charité University Hospital (recognized as Germany’s best hospital for the seventh year in a row in 2018) was a pioneer in Germany when it opened its first simulation center in 1999. And Charité is currently building a brand-new facility called BeST, the Berlin Simulation and Training Center, which will be one of the most advanced in Europe. The EUR 12 million project forms part of a comprehensive EUR 80 million modernization of the Charité campus in the heart of Berlin. The new 13,000m2 (140,000 square feet) BeST facility will replace the current simulation center and is due to open in 2020.

Human patients will be replaced by computer-controlled mannequins, 3D-printed ­models or even actors.

Simulation centers facilitate the rehearsal of emergency scenarios and interventions and can increase the efficiency of operations, as is otherwise impossible in everyday hospital life. Crucially, they also accelerate the adoption of new techniques and drugs. The Charité center will house a state-of-the-art operating theater, a delivery room, a hybrid operating room with latest X-ray technology examination rooms, and a specially equipped emergency room.

facts & figures


the cost of the BeST project to facilitate the rehearsal of emergency scenarios and operations


the cost of modernizing the Charité campus, a 13,000m2 site in the center of Berlin


the maximum number of ¬participants who can undergo training every year

Source: Berlin’s Charité University Hospital

Surgical simulation training

Computer-controlled mannequins, 3D-printed plastic models and, in some cases, actors will take the place of real patients. Operations can be simulated in virtual reality, and real­-life body parts (from deceased donors, for example) can also be used. The center estimates that in a year it will be able to run up to 600 training days with between six and 60 participants, allowing up to 7,000 trainees to take part.

BeST will work closely with CAT, the hospital’s surgery and anatomy training center, where operations on human tissue are carried out. Another important part of the overall concept is the ‘Industry and Clinic Meeting Point,’ a forum where new medical technologies and products can be discussed, and where developers and clinics can find suitable cooperation partners. BeST will enable new products to be developed, tested and brought to market under real-life conditions.

Many medical-technology companies have already expressed interest in partnering with the project. For foreign companies working in the medtech sector, the Charité initiative represents an outstanding opportunity to introduce innovative solutions through research and development partnerships in Germany.