After four days of duration in face-to-face format, MEDICA and COMPAMED can record an extremely positive result in Düsseldorf. The world’s leading information and communication platforms for the medical technology industry and its supplier area convinced from the 15th to the 18th November 2021 with a wealth of novelties as well as a thematically diverse supporting program (a complemented by digital offers) and lived up to their transnationally highlighted position. The mood in the exhibition halls was consistently solved and characterized by optimism. From the discussions with our customers, we know that expectations have often been exceeded. Finally, personal contacts could be made and intensified again,” Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, takes stock with pleasure.
Photo: Constanze Tillmann/ Messe Düsseldorf
46,000 trade visitors (73 percent international share) from 150 nations took the opportunity to find out about a comprehensive range of innovations for outpatient and inpatient care including all steps of their development and production in direct exchange with the 3,033 MEDICA exhibitors and 490 COMPAMED exhibitors and to try out many new products live.
These figures are optimistic and were not yet expected at this level in the spring. With the trade fair events and the digital additions, MEDICA and COMPAMED have set a strong impulse for the industry. The exhibitors are happy to have come to Düsseldorf and are already exploring actively for participation options next year,” summarizes Christian Grosser, Director Health & Medical Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, reflecting the positive signals that both participants and industry associations announce.
The industry portals MEDICA.de and COMPAMED.de also offered a lot of program tailored to the live trade fair events. Here, users were able to watch the live streams of the stage program of all specialist forums integrated into the trade fairs, for the 44th German Hospital Day as well as the MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE, participate in networking via the special matchmaking tool or find out about the new products of the exhibitors in their online showrooms.
Growth with challenges – a lot of material for discussion
Despite persistent restrictions on the international movement of goods, the ZVEI industry association forecasts growth of eight percent for the world market of electromedical technology for the current year. As a hybrid face-to-face event, MEDICA has offered exhibitors and visitors an important platform for personal and virtual exchange about innovative medical devices and current trends in medical technology this year. It thus supports exhibitors in their work in European and international markets, explains Hans-Peter Bursig, ZVEI Managing Director of Electromedical Engineering.
Marcus Kuhlmann, Head of Medical Technology at the German Industry Association SPECTARIS, also emphasizes the importance of MEDICA and COMPAMED with regard to exports as well as close business contacts to other countries: “In order to shape the health market of tomorrow together with innovative ideas and concepts, we need a strong industry network in medical technology. Personal exchange is still irreplaceable even in times of digital transformation and has been longed for by many of our members after more than a year and a half of pandemic. We are all the more pleased that we were able to accompany MEDICA and COMPAMED live on site again this year with a view to new impulses for the medical technology industry.”
Together with the ZVEI, SPECTARIS organized the MEDICA TECH FORUM (in Hall 9 and as a live stream), which dealt, among other things, with questions relating to international market access and regulatory requirements for medical technology. The country markets of Africa, the USA and also Great Britain were particularly focused on this and in particular the need for the digitization of the Russian health care system, for example in the context of the corona pandemic.
A lot of material for discussion and information was provided not only among the participants of this forum, but also overall in the halls of MEDICA and COMPAMED, a topic currently very challenging for the industry: the application of the new EU regulation for medical devices (MDR). Regulation is basically right and important in medical technology in order to ensure patient and user safety at the highest level everywhere. But regulations that do not sufficiently contribute to more security must be critically questioned and, if necessary, reduced. Otherwise, we will weaken Europe as a location for research and innovation, says Marcus Kuhlmann from SPECTARIS.
Digital supply of the future – start-ups get involved
As expected, the topic of “COVID-19” and the findings from previous pandemic management with regard to the implementation of new therapeutic approaches and care concepts also dragged like a common thread through many contributions in the forums and accompanying conferences. For example, the MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE devoted itself to the question of how to return to sport after a long COVID disease, while the MEDICA ECON FORUM (organized by the Techniker Krankenkasse) and, for example, the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM focused on the digitization of processes in health care.
In line with this, the exhibitors offered many innovations for the clinical and outpatient sector. And the young start-up scene is also involved vigorously, which is not least the exciting pitch competitions around the `10th MEDICA Startup COMPETITION and the 13. Healthcare Innovation World Cup on the program stage of the MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM impressively demonstrated.
At `13. Healthcare Innovation World Cup was mainly about innovative devices and smart applications for digital networking and process integration in the sense of the “Internet of Medical Things”. From 300 applications, the expert jury had selected 12 startups for the final on 11/15. Implandata Ophthalmic Products from Germany was victorious with an implantable and biocompatible microsensor for long-distance glaucoma supply.
From artificial intelligence (AI), health apps or robotics, the range of ideas at the `10. MEDICA Startup COMPETITION (on 11/16). Phonolyser from Finland prevailed here in the final with its product solution of the same name for intelligent heart tone analysis. The heart sound analyzer combines artificial intelligence (signal processing and analysis), Doppler technology (ultrasound) and sound analysis to comprehensively assess and investigate the presence of congenital heart diseases.
Suppliers: Many topics on the agenda, many novelties in the luggage
Trends along the entire process chain of medical technology production and product development determined the trade fair business of exhibitors and trade visitors at COMPAMED (this time in Halls 13 and 14) and the stage program of their two integrated specialist forums. The focus was on innovative materials as well as innovative and printed electronics, smart sensor solutions or microfluidics options for challenges in point-of-care diagnostics.
COMPAMED 2021 was extremely successful for the exhibitors. The feedback at our joint stand is very good. The exhibiting companies had partly subdued expectations due to the pandemic situation, but were consistently positively surprised by the good number of visitors. In addition, the high quality of the professional audience was praised many times,” summarizes Dr. Thomas R. Dietrich, Managing Director of the IVAM Association for Microtechnology, together the trade fair events.
With its joint stand, IVAM was once again one of the largest exhibitors of COMPAMED. 42 companies and institutes from nine nations were represented here alone, including a wide variety of microcomponents, solutions for smart textiles and coatings as well as manufacturing and processing processes.
Information online: https://www.medica.de and https://www.compamed.de
Date of the next MEDICA in Düsseldorf: 14th – 17th November 2022
Date of the next COMPAMED in Düsseldorf: 14 – 17.11.2022
The dates of the next international medical fairs of Messe Düsseldorf Group can be accessed online at: https://www.medicalliance.global.