Industry News: MEDICA and COMPAMED: previous year’s level of visitor maintained despite rail strike

20 Nov 2007

Despite considerable disruption from a nationwide rail strike, MEDICA and COMPAMED attracted approximately 137,000 visitors from around 100 countries, (2006: 137,500 visitors) with international visitors taking a 40% share. 4,300 exhibitors were at the global trade fair.

“MEDICA has clearly succeeded once again in confirming its significant international status”, said Wilhelm Niedergöker, Managing Director Messe Düsseldorf.

One of the focal points at MEDICA 2007 was that of “eHealth” and telematic applications. In this connection, the “electronic health card” and “medical data networks” themes were covered by MEDICA MEDIA (the Telemedicine Trade Forum and Theme Park), which interacted with the exhibitors’ ranges of medical IT innovations focussing on the “electronic patient’s file”.

Apart from this trend-setters included compact medical products, which actively integrate the health-conscious patient in relation to prevention and fast treatment success. Examples of this are innovative, handy electro-therapy systems for pain-relief therapy applications as well as a broad spectrum of diagnosis appliances for the fast measuring of the most diverse body parameters. Thanks to wireless radio transmission, an increasing number of these products are in a position to transfer the medical data via telephone modem and internet directly to the treating physician. This promises major advantages, especially in the area of long-distance surveillance of chronically-ill patients.

Once again this year the MEDICA Congress had a whole range of themes, from disease prevention and state-of-the-art diagnostics through to telemedicine, emergency medicine and legal issues. High interest points for the more than 150 seminars and lecture events were themes on cardiac diseases, diabetes, preventive medicine, pain-relief therapies and illnesses and diseases in advanced age.

COMPAMED, the leading international trade fair for upstream suppliers in Hall 8a, 460 exhibitors (2006: 320) also occupied the new Hall 8b for the first time. They presented to more than 13,000 visitors a comprehensive range of high-tech solutions for application in the medical technology industry – from new materials, components, intermediate products and packaging and services up to complex micro-system technology and nanotechnology.

The next MEDICA will take place in Düsseldorf from 19th – 22nd November 2008 and COMPAMED from 19th – 21st November 2008.