seca, the global market leader in medical measuring systems and scales, is opening its 15th branch in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. With the establishment of the first site dedicated to development only, seca is driving forward its digital transformation from a scale manufacturer to a software and system provider. seca will first hire 10 IT specialists to develop a new software solution that will take seca into new medical business fields. The team is expected to grow to 25 employees by 2021.
Founded in 1840 as a scale manufacturer, seca is today the world’s market leader in medical measuring and weighing. With headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, and 15 branches around the world, seca is a global player with activities in more than 110 countries. For some time seca has been offering more than medical measuring systems and scales. The company’s portfolio now includes innovative measuring stations that communicate with each other; networked vital data monitors; the medical Body Composition Analyzer (mBCA), which is revolutionizing diagnostics and treatment with Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis; and service and software systems that make everyday medical work easier. Moreover, seca makes substantial investments in EMR-ready measuring solutions which, in the course of Medicine 4.0, will optimize the ad-hoc assessment of a patient’s state of health. Every year more than 10 percent of revenue is invested in research and development.
Digitalization is altering the healthcare market and with it the requirements for products and system solutions. Acknowledged as an innovation driver, seca wants to remain one step ahead of the market at all times. The company develops ground-breaking technologies and collaborates with forward-looking people to shape the transition. “To serve the growing need for digital solutions, we want to expand further in the field of software. We are now looking for many highly-trained talented people with a digital mindset to supplement our team of experts in Hamburg. And we are finding them in Lithuania,” says Frederik Vogel, managing director in the technology area. The country has the highest number of graduates in math, science and technical courses in Europe and more than half of the population speaks at least two foreign languages. “Furthermore, hardly any other country has such an advanced digital infrastructure or such pronounced digital socialization as Lithuania. We are certain that with our new software development site in Lithuania, we will develop even more efficient solutions and will be able to exploit the potential for growth in the digital healthcare market.”
Forty employees make up the Hamburg team of IT specialists, an integral part of Research & Development, which concentrates on the development of firmware, embedded software and integration solutions for connectivity to hospital information systems. The expert team in Vilnius will work independently on a Web-based software solution for analysis of medical measurement data. With this diagnostic support for the future, the idea is not only to measure and automatically document results, but to interpret the data and point out connections with the help of seca’s most modern software.
Payam Vassighi, the site manager of seca Vilnius, says, “Being part of the international seca group means working in agile project teams to help shape the transformation from a scale manufacturer to a software and system provider. We are developing software solutions of the future that will make everyday medical work even more reliable. To reach our goals, we will expand the team in Vilnius to 25 employees within the next three years. We are now searching for engaged software and quality engineers, DevOps and full-stack developers.”
„It is a global trend to merge different industries and competencies in creating market-ready products, and Lithuania’s focus should settle on the sectors of IT, life sciences and medicine. An analysis for the new life sciences strategy shows that the country’s investment environment is already attractive for such innovative big players as seca, and continuing to improve this environment will result in more foreign investors coming to create such innovative products in Lithuania,“ Virginijus Sinkevičius, Lithuania’s Minister of Economy, says.
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