In 2018, more than 120,000 visitors from all over the world, therefore, seized the opportunity and found the services they were looking for at 5,286 exhibitors from 66 nations. The intelligent matchmaking tool, newly introduced by MEDICA, has provided important services to ensure that what is being sought can also be found: With the easy-to-use virtual interface, exhibitors and visitors were able to make valuable contacts before and during the trade fair – tailored to the individual needs of users. The active use of the system noticeably increased the success of the trade fair for all participants.
MEDICA 2018 under the spell of digitisation
A clear trend at MEDICA 2018 was the introduction of many new products related to digitisation. This field now has enormous economic and social potential for the healthcare industry. In numerous of the more than 1,000 lectures from the extensive supporting programme–just like at many exhibition stands–interested parties were able to bring themselves up-to-date on the topics of networking, sensor technology, big data, artificial intelligence and much more. MEDICA has also developed into a hotspot for an increasing number of digital start-ups, in order to assert oneself on the market.
In 2018, 784 exhibitors from 40 countries gathered in two exhibition halls and presented their innovations to 20,000 trade visitors – with a clearly recognisable tendency: The trend towards miniaturisation is continuing. The profiteer is the medical technology industry, which is always on the lookout for smart and tiny components for new medical products.
Microsystems and sensors, active implants, special adhesives, linear technology, packaging, high-tech mechanical engineering and 3D printing provided incentives for innovative solutions across the board. These developments provide an insight: A small sensor system for non-invasive blood pressure monitoring in the ear, special microsystems that can stimulate diseased tissue attached to endoscopes or a mobile compact device for the rapid diagnosis of blood that is compatible with sample carriers of all common manufacturers.
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