Statement on COMPAMED 2015 by Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine
COMPAMED in Düsseldorf

Statement on COMPAMED 2015 by Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

Since its première in 1992, every year, COMPAMED has taken place in Düsseldorf during the middle of November in parallel to the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and since its start, it has been writing its story of 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. It's not just the numbers that are right with, for the first time, more than 700 exhibitors from 37 nations during last year's trade fair. Also the quality of the range of offers has changed through the years and has continuously improved at the same tempo the changes in the medical technology market have. Where, at one time, simple parts, components and equipment for technical devices and medical products had primarily 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. Holding MEDICA in parallel creates the ideal conditions for exhibitors. Thereby, COMPAMED is the ideal place for suppliers to exchange information with medical technology providers and system partners. Alone the approximately 4,800 exhibitors of MEDICA 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 specialist trade fairs will be taking place at completely the same time during the course of four days from 16 to 19 November. To date, COMPAMED has always ended a day earlier. From this year on, it will also be new that the trade fair will be running on the weekdays 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 themselves up-to-date.

Currently, microsystem technology solutions for mobile diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy systems are particularly trendy, whereby the field of optical processes is 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 behaviour 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 brought to light. 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 percent in the number of general practitioners is expected. Therefore, the distance to the nearest medical practice will continually increase for patients. Therefore, 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. In this way, 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 away.

Suppliers are not only coming up with clever ideas regarding compact laboratory applications for immediate analysis at the location of the 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 be fit into earpieces (“earmoulds”) 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 branches: Components for medical technology (electronics, components, hoses, filters, pumps, and valves, among other things), 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 parallel with the world's largest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2015, being held at a single time and a single location, it will cover the entire medical technology supply chain – from individual components to measuring techniques and quality testing through 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 events.

In reference to this, two forms will be making relevant medical technology supplier trends the subject of discussion. Thereby, the COMPAMED HIGH-TECH FORUM (hall 8a) presented by the IVAM association for microtechnology is placing a key focus on microsystem technology, nanotechnologies, as well as production technology and process control.

At the COMPAMED SUPPLIERS FORUM by the specialist magazine, DeviceMed (hall 8b), specialists, leading international companies and organizations will be talking about current developments along the entire process chain. Mechanical and electronic components will also be a topic dealt with during 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 information being offered.

In 2014, MEDICA + COMPAMED welcomed a total of 130,000 specialist visitors, around 17,000 of whom were particularly interested in the topics covered by COMPAMED.

As in previous years, it is possible to visit both events with a single ticket.

Dates for COMPAMED 2015 + MEDICA 2015: 16 – 19 November

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Düsseldorf in July 2015

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