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What do intelligent valve technology, bee honey and a donation for clinical research in the field of cystic fibrosis have in common?

From left to right: cheque handover at the Children’s Hospital of the LKH Graz from left to right: DI Johann Stössl (COO VENTREX Automotive), Univ.-Prof. Dr.med.univ. Ernst Eber (Director Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology of the LKH Graz, Dr. Gerald Jaritz (CTO VENTREX Automotive)

In order to test our intelligent and digital valve developments, that ensure more efficiency and safety of valves, we have located 3 bee colonies on our premises. The beehives were built and placed together with our employees on the company premises.

We are testing our in-house development, including its software with the help of bees. The type of recorded data is not that crucial in this case, since we are primarily looking to get information about stability of the code as well as functionality and resistance of the components under real environmental conditions. Due to existing expertise of SteirerBiene beekeepers, who are looking after the bees throughout the year, we are able to verify the validity of the collected data. This gives us a direct insight into the functionality of the technology and its software.

In autumn this year, the honey was harvested and bottled for the first time also with the help of SteirerBiene and helping hands from all company departments. The resulting honey was sold and serves as a personalized gift for our customers.

The proceeds from the sale are used to support clinical research in the field of cystic fibrosis at the children´s hospital in Graz.

The decision to donate the quintupled proceeds of the sales to the clinical research in the field of cystic fibrosis was made deliberately. Unfortunately, the congenital metabolic disease does not enjoy much public attention and awareness. Its effects, however, severely limit the quality of life and life expectancy of many children. With our donation, we want to make a small contribution to supporting research in this field.

On December 13 th 2018 the donation cheque was handed over by Gerald Jaritz (CTO) and Johann Stössl (COO) on behalf of the company to Prof. Ernst Eber, the head of the Children’s Clinic for Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology at the LKH Graz.

According to information from the Austrian Cystic Fibrosis Aid, cystic fibrosis (CF) is a congenital metabolic disease that is little known to the public. This although CF is the most common hereditary disease in the population. Every 15th day a child with CF is born in Austria. Every 20th person carries the defective gene without developing CF.

Further information on the subject of cystic fibrosis can be found on the website of CF Austria (Cystische Fibrose Hilfe Österreich).