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by Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf
on COMPAMED 2015 – High-tech solutions for medical technology

November 16 – 19, 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany

Since its première in 1992, every year, COMPAMED has taken place in Düsseldorf in the middle of November concurrently with the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and since its start, it has been a success. Always scoring top results in reference to the number of exhibitors and visitors on a yearly basis, COMPAMED has long since developed into the leading international marketing communication platform for suppliers of the medical technology industry. Last year - for the first time - more than 700 exhibitors from 37 nations took part in COMPAMED. Also the quality of the product range changed through the years and has continuously improved at the same rate as changes in the medical technology market. Where, at one time, primarily simple parts, components and equipment for technical devices and medical products have been presented, today, COMPAMED is a hotspot for complex high-tech solutions.

This is because, nowadays, suppliers and medical technology providers are cooperatively driving the development of new systems and processes in close coordination. In the process, the development competence of the suppliers, in part, is often the point of origin for groundbreaking innovations with regard to efficient and effective medical care.

The success of COMPAMED can also be explained by this close integration of development processes on behalf of the suppliers as well as their customers. Taking place with MEDICA creates the ideal conditions for exhibitors. Thereby, COMPAMED is the ideal place for suppliers to exchange information with medical technology providers and system partners. The approximately 4800 exhibitors of MEDICA alone are also potential visitors of COMPAMED.

A significant change concerning the running time of COMPAMED and MEDICA will open up more opportunities to establish an intensive level of contact, do business, or even coordinate joint projects. For the first time, both trade fairs will be held on the same days (November 16 – 19. 2015). Up until now, COMPAMED has always ended a day earlier than MEDICA. Also new this year will be the show days: on the weekdays only, from Monday to Thursday.

The additional time for conversation should accommodate the exhibitors of COMPAMED and their customers. This is because the market for medical technology and medical products is very dynamic. The innovation cycle is considerably shorter than is the case in other industries. The German medical technology manufacturers make about a third of their sales with products that haven't even been introduced on the market for more than three years. In accordance with this, it is necessary for every specialist who deals with product development in the medical field to continually keep up-to-date.

Currently, microsystem technology solutions for mobile diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy systems are particularly trendy, with the field of optical processes particularly being developed on a dynamic level. For example, microcomponents for minimally invasive diagnostics must be mentioned or also optical components for use with laboratory equipment. Sample examinations that had to be performed by pathologists under a microscope with a great deal of effort can now simply be done at the press of a button using a device – in just minutes based on the latest findings with regard to the light behavior of malignant and benign tissue when exposed to a laser pulse.

More compact, more efficient, and easier to operate – this applies to many medical technology devices. However, with reference to mobile diagnostic systems (“point of care testing”), usefulness in the field of healthcare can be easily explained. Experts expect that the lack of doctors will particularly increase in rural areas at a great rate. By the year 2021, a decline of 42% in the number of general practitioners is expected. Therefore, the distance to the nearest medical practice will continually increase for patients. There are enormous advantages in modern diagnostic processes that make results already available after a few minutes rather than in several days. The time of uncertainty for patients is not only reduced but they save another (long) trip to their doctor. The same applies to the situation in emerging countries, where the distance to the next doctor or laboratory is frequently very far.

Suppliers are not only coming up with clever ideas regarding compact laboratory applications for immediate analysis at the location of treatment. They are also driving technological development and offering innovative solutions with regard to the booming area of so-called "wearables", diagnostic tools that are used in close contact with the body. Optical micro-sensors are an example of this. There are the first in-ear sensors, which can measure vital signs such as your pulse or even the blood's oxygen content in a non-invasive manner and transfer this information to a recording instrument. The sensors are designed to fit into earpieces (“ear moulds”) and should therefore be just as comfortable as in-ear headphones.

The product range at the COMPAMED trade fair (in halls 8a and 8b) includes the following key categories: Components for medical technology (such as electronics, components, hoses, filters, pumps, and valves), materials/ substances, micro- and nanotechnology, made-to-order manufacturing, electronic manufacturing services (EMS), complex manufacturing and equipment partnerships (e.g. OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturers) as well as packaging and services.

Together, COMPAMED and MEDICA 2015 will cover the entire medical technology supply chain – from individual components to measuring techniques and quality testing to sterile, packed end products. This coordinated tandem of trade fairs and topics is a one of its kind event and a significant success factor for both trade shows.

In reference to this, two forums will cover relevant medical technology supplier trends in their presentations. The COMPAMED HIGH-TECH FORUM (hall 8a) organized by the IVAM association for microtechnology will focus on microsystem technology, nanotechnologies, as well as production technology and process control.

At the COMPAMED SUPPLIERS FORUM by the trade magazine DeviceMed (hall 8b), specialists, leading international companies and organizations will talk about current developments along the entire process chain. Mechanical and electronic components will also be a topic in the expert lectures, such as innovative materials and all sorts of made-to-order production. Keynote speeches on new markets and regulatory issues round off the program.

In 2014, the two trade fairs welcomed a total of 130,000 specialist visitors, of which around 17,000 were particularly interested in the topics covered by COMPAMED.

As in previous years, only one ticket is necessary to visit both MEDICA and COMPAMED.

Information about MEDICA 2015 is available online at:

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MEDICA and COMPAMED dates: November 16 – 19, 2015
Opening times: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm daily
Location: Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, Germany

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