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by Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf regarding COMPAMED 2017 – High-tech solutions for medical technology (November 13 – 16, 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany)

Medical technology has undoubtedly become one of the most exciting industries in the world. This is because health is one of the most important elements of life, above all others. Therefore, advances in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are followed with particular interest. The number of applications for patent from service providers is keeping pace with these expectations. The European Patent Office has recorded that more applications for patents come from medical technology than any other sector. All experts agree that the constant market growth of the past few years will continue in the future. The true speed of the growth rate cannot be precisely estimated as a result of certain economic and political development due to trade protectionism. Alongside acceleration in innovation from service providers and increased interest in good medical care, superior technology trends also provide an extra boost. Digital transformation must be mentioned here. All industries had to come onboard with digital transformation, and also miniaturize components to obtain better handling and easier application for their products.

Both service providers of medical technology and their suppliers profit from these positive factors. They will present their full range of services and expertise at the No. 1 international industry platform COMPAMED in Düsseldorf, Germany from November 13 – 16, 2017. COMPAMED has been held concurrently with the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, for 25 years, and has become a portal into the future of medical technology, allowing you to access futuristic technology and make it into reality today, with over 750 exhibitors. Whether it is product development, production, marketing or comprehensive solutions: COMPAMED is the starting point for close collaborations between suppliers and their customers. Often, suppliers’ ideas are presented here, laying the foundations for great development progress in the medical sector.

This can be demonstrated with the example of diagnostic applications for ‘Point-of-Care Testing’. These are analytical procedures for patient-proximate and rapid yet favorably priced and uncomplicated laboratory diagnostics. The equipment used in diagnostics and treatment must function reliably and automatically for the benefits to be fully exploited. Samples must be taken for analysis in precisely defined quantities and then processed and tested. Drugs must be adapted and dosed according to the individual disease patterns of each patient. Microfluidic systems play an important role in this. The development of tiny components and has turned out to be highly complex but it does provide the necessary basis for definite progress, for example in the field of ‘lab-on-a-chip’ technology.

So if an increasing number of illnesses which, just a few years ago, could only be diagnosed with the aid of complex laboratory analyses can now be detected with the help of credit-card-sized mini laboratories, then it is the exhibitors at the COMPAMED trade fair and their skills driving these developments.

Other innovations for application in wearables should be mentioned here. Wearables are becoming a market that is earning billions worldwide. The best-known wearables are those used for sports watches or fitness wristbands. Microcomputers for medical applications (i.e. for monitoring important vital signs or implant function) are also developing at breakneck speed. Be it suitable wireless modules for sharing data, the most delicate of sensors and servos or powerful energy supplies that fit into the smallest spaces – the latest solutions are going to be presented at COMPAMED 2017 and the most important aspects will be discussed at the two integrated specialist forums.

Raw materials and materials are also a big theme at COMPAMED. For the specialist raw material providers, foam isn’t just foam. Our trade visitors learn this at COMPAMED. New varieties (based on polyurethane) are marking new milestones in wound care. They show a high capacity for fluid retention and fluid containment and are thus excellently suited for use in modern wound dressings. Patients also have good reason to be happy about this: When dressings are changed, the foam can be removed from the wound easily and without causing pain.

When it comes to coatings, specialist experts know that even a few micrometers can effect significant change and improvement in the functional characteristics of a medical product. This applies for all systems such as catheters or stents that are used within the body. On the one hand, this depends on biocompatibility, but ensuring minimal friction is also a priority.

The entire value-added chain in medical technology
The product range at COMPAMED (in Halls 8a and 8b) includes the following key categories: Components for medical technology (electronics, components, hoses, filters, pumps, and valves, among other items), 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.

In conjunction with the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2017, COMPAMED will cover the entire medical technology supply chain – from individual components to measuring techniques and quality testing to sterile, packed end products, at the same time and place.

The two forums will focus on relevant medical technology supplier trends. The COMPAMED HIGH-TECH FORUM (Hall 8a) presented by the IVAM association for microtechnology will concentrate on microsystem technology, nanotechnology, production technology and process control. The content will focus on smart sensor solutions, printed electronics, microfluidics and innovative laser and photonics applications. The Countries session on attractive markets will be dedicated to France.

At the COMPAMED SUPPLIERS FORUM organized by the specialist magazine DeviceMed (Hall 8b), specialists, leading international companies and organizations will discuss current developments in the entire medical technology process chain. Main focal topics this year will include: Digitalization (mobile health, medical apps, medical industry 4.0), wearables, 3D printing and regulations.

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

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