Welsh Government of Pontypridd at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA Trade Fair

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Nov 6, 2017

Wales shows strength of Medical Technology Sector

Welsh Government leads delegation at Medica, the leading global trade exhibition for the medical sector in Düsseldorf (13 – 16 November 2017)

More than 30 Welsh companies are attending Medica as part of a Welsh Government trade mission. Medica attracts over 130,000 specialist visitors from over 120 countries to discover the latest innovations and trends for the medical industry. 18 of those Welsh companies will also be exhibiting at the show. 

Cardiff-based EDK Diagnostics is set to introduce a new product at Medica – “POC Connect” – a data management mobile app that enables the storage, access and transmission of hemoglobin results directly from EFK Diagnostic’s DiaSpect Tm hemoglobin analyzer to a smartphone via Bluetooth® technology. The POC Connect mobile app is the world’s first mobile data management solution for a reagent-free haemoglobin testing device. POC Connect is ideal for mobile health checks and anemia screening in countries where environmental conditions may be challenging or where there may not be consistent internet availability. Katja Lemburg, Hematology Global Product Manager from EKF Diagnostics said, “Within developing countries there is a growing demand for mobile data management solutions due to the lack of internet-based communications infrastructure and the bi-passing of more traditional based middleware providers. So this new development is an ideal solution where internet connections can be unreliable. Mobile heath care services are on the increase so we hope to see our smartphone-based connectivity solution playing a part in this growing trend. We’re looking forward to unveiling this world first at Medica this year.”

Caldicot-based Ultrasound Technologies Ltd have designed and manufactured medical devices since 1992. Nick See, Managing Director of Ultrasound Technologies Ltd, said: “For Ultrasound Technologies Medica is a good opportunity for us to connect with our existing international distributors and to enter discussions with potential new markets. With the Welsh Government supporting us with the exhibition stand it provides the perfect shopfront for promoting the Company and its products to a wider audience. Ultrasound Technologies is now in its 25th year at Medica and will be introducing the Bluedop Vascular Expert on our stand an advancement in assessing Peripheral Arterial Disease. We will also be exhibiting our CO2 Insufflator for CT Colonography along with our range of fetal and vascular dopplers and fetal monitors.

Trecento Diagnostics develop, manufacture and market molecular and assay based testing products to support the human and veterinary pet care diagnostic markets. Trecento products help improve and extend the life of companion animals, supporting vets and owners to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their pets. HygieCatch® is the first ever canine urine collection device with patented technology and a unique attractant that helps stimulate dogs to urinate.

Mark Pinder, CEO from Trecento Diagnostics, said: “At Trecento we are looking to sign new overseas distributors and Medica is perfect for this. Our main interest is the link between conditions that affect animals that also have a direct link to human health such as Lyme Disease. HygieCatch, our first product to market in the animal health sector is ingeniously simple, saves time and money, and enables customers to collect a clean urine sample ready for testing without their pets experiencing any unnecessary stress. Although blood has traditionally been the source for DNA, urine has proved to be a viable alternative and actually delivers long-term financial and logistical advantages both in the animal and human health sectors.

“In the human health sector the financial implications for the NHS are enormous. Using urine rather than blood for routine testing could generate hundreds of millions of pounds worth of savings. Our aim is to speed up the method of testing for conditions and improve that treatment pathway. The Welsh Government has been a great support, helping us with our plans to bring our products to new markets.”

Cardiff-based Single Use Surgical will use Medica to launch their new product to an international market - the pioneering single-use Diathermy Abbey Needle with suction. The device will help surgeons improve performance and outcomes during a range of procedures. Single Use Surgical export manager, Michael Denver, said: “The launch of this pioneering device means there is no need for separate suction. This prevents crowding the surgical site in smaller, harder to reach areas. It also offers targeted and effective smoke extraction and being single-use, means it reduces the risks associated with cross contamination and unintentional patient burns from damaged insulation.”


Editors Notes

The Welsh companies attending Medica are: Oral Care Innovations, Aparito, BCB International Ltd, Berendsen (Rocialle & Guardian), Blackwood Embedded Solutions, Cellpath, Cryo Storage Solutions Ltd, DTR Medical, EKF Diagnostics Holdings, Energist, FRIO, Great Bear Healthcare, HGR Ltd, Jellagen, Mikota Ltd, PDR, Single Use Surgical (Pelican), R&D Surgical Limited, Sharp Clinical Services, The Sure Chill Company, Weqas, Frontier Medical Group, Abel & Imray, Williams Medical Supplies (trading as Merlin Medical), Pinpoint Scientific Ltd, MediWales, United Plastics Group (UPG), Trecento Ltd, Cotton Mouton Diagnostics; Leanvation worldwide; Healthcare Matters; Cloudcair and Ultrasound Technologies Ltd.


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The Welsh Government is committed to making Wales the best possible environment for Life Sciences innovation and business growth. Significant support is available in key areas like medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics, wound healing, e-health, neuroscience, regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical services. Combined with the £100 million Life Sciences Investment Fund, the largest dedicated investment fund for any sector in Wales, the launch in July 2014 of the Life Sciences Hub in the heart of Cardiff Bay has placed Wales on the world stage for Life Sciences innovation and development.

The Life Sciences Hub is the nerve centre of a vibrant and prosperous Wales Life Sciences ecosystem and brings together academic, business, clinical, professional services and funding organisations to provide a commercially-driven melting pot of talent. This support spans academic and clinical settings too - NHS Wales has extensively digitised patient records, accelerated permissions for clinical trials, and over £40 million invested in research annually; top quality academic research is supported by £50 million through the Science for Wales policy. As a location Wales provides a dynamic, innovative culture for pursuing discoveries and new product developments along with a strong cluster of clinical trial facilities, accessible via a single portal, able to undertake product testing.

Recent infrastructure developments have seen the opening of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre and the current development of a state-of-the-art Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products manufacturing facility. The opening of GE Healthcare’s first UK Innovation Village is another great example of open innovation and partnership between the public and private sectors to boost Life Sciences in Wales.

As a location Wales provides a dynamic, innovative culture for pursuing discoveries and new product developments. Come and visit us at Hall 16F42.

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