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MEDICA 2024 – Where healthcare is going

28.02.2024

Delve into the world of medical technology! The whole industry will meet at MEDICA in Düsseldorf 11-14 November 2024. Experience high-tech products, meet world market leaders, hidden champions and start-ups or visit the top-class forums and conferences. Regardless what you are looking for: you will find it at MEDICA 2024!
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Boris Hegger / ICRC

Optimizing humanitarian logistics enhancing medical supply distribution

22.02.2024

Amid global conflicts, accessing medical supplies is vital. The ICRC, dedicated to aiding millions affected, grapples with complex distribution challenges. Teaming up with ETH Zurich, they've devised new logistics solutions for efficient and timely supply delivery to crisis zones.
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Floy: AI start-up improves evaluation in imaging

22.02.2024

Floy from Munich brings AI in imaging into practical application and is already present in numerous German radiology practices. The start-up's software is designed to support radiologists in diagnostics and prevention by reliably detecting critical incidental findings.
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Mint Images

Disinfection in hospitals: textiles inhibit pathogens

14.02.2024

Antimicrobial textiles can curb the spread of pathogens in hospitals. On the one hand, they reduce the amount of disinfection required by staff and, on the other, they increase the protection of patients against infection. Empa in Switzerland has tested the coating of curtains with antimicrobial substances in a study.
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Green Hospital – Saving resources through waste management

06.02.2024

A lot of energy, water and other resources are consumed in the daily operation of a hospital. At the same time, hospitals generate high CO2 emissions and a large amount of waste, which must be disposed of safely and hygienically. There is potential for hospitals to make savings here if they take a close look at their waste disposal and optimize it.
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Market authorization for digital medical devices – anything but simple

05.01.2024

At MEDICA 2023, we spoke to exhibitors who advise manufacturers of digital medical devices during the authorization process or who are launching digital medical devices on the market themselves. In the video, you can find out what is particularly important in the authorization process and where the stumbling blocks lie.
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Laboratory equipment – fit for the future with more sustainability

30.11.2023

We spoke to exhibitors at MEDICA 2023 who are driving sustainability in laboratory operations with their products. Watch the video to find out what levers are available here and which products can already be manufactured sustainably today.
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Mindable App approved for the treatment of panic disorders and claustrophobia

29.11.2023

A team led by Dr. Thomas Lang, psychology professor at Constructor University, has developed an app that patients can use to bridge waiting times to receive therapy.
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USA, what's new? – Highlight tour at the US Pavilion

14.11.2023

MEDICA connects medical technology companies and their customers from around the globe. In 2023, more than hundred US companies exhibit at the US pavilion in hall 16, for example. For our highlight video tour, we paid the pavilion a visit. Join us to learn who is behind the organization of the pavilion and what some of the exhibitors are showcasing at MEDICA.
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Rehabilitation through specialized treadmill technology – WOODWAY

14.11.2023

WOODWAY, a leader in treadmill innovation for medical rehabilitation, brings over 40 years of expertise to MEDICA 2023. They consistently deliver tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for optimal fitness and rehabilitation results. In our interview, discover WOODWAY's specialized equipment and their unique treadmill technology.
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eHealth, mHealth, AI, and much more – Highlight tour in the MEDICA START-UP PARK

13.11.2023

Every year, the MEDICA START-UP PARK attracts a lot of visitors. Young, up-and-coming companies present their products here – often for the first time ever. This stand has already been the starting point for the success stories of some companies that are now internationally active. At MEDICA 2023, we are once again taking the opportunity to talk to promising start-ups.
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Breath the spirit of MEDICA 2023 – Highlight tour with Director Christian Grosser

13.11.2023

Topics like artificial Intelligence, automation and robotics, and sustainability are shaking the medical industry – and both MEDICA and COMPAMED reflect that. We are walking through the trade show halls of MEDICA with Christian Grosser, Director Health & Medical Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, to talk about this: What are his impressions of this year’s MEDICA and COMPAMED?
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MEDICA 2023: Simple and enhanced analysis and visualization of medical image data

08.11.2023

A team of researchers from Kaiserslautern and Leipzig is working on a system that automatically analyses and visualises medical data, including their uncertainties.
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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

MEDICA 2023: Checking for counterfeit medication using a smartphone

08.11.2023

The SmartID counterfeit-proof barcode system means anyone can use a smartphone to check a product is genuine, provided the manufacturer uses SmartID.
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Transire Bio

Suction cup as a direct route for medication into the bloodstream

02.11.2023

Many diseases require weekly or even daily injections of medication into the blood. To make this gentler for patients, researchers have developed a suction cup for the inside of the cheek. The suction cup allows drugs to be administered non-invasively directly into the blood. With the founding of the start-up Transire Bio, this is now to become marketable.
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Digital Health Uptake

Digitization: "A common vision is missing."

26.10.2023

Digitization is a perennial topic in the healthcare sector. Much has been written about the opportunities and dangers. But why is progress so slow in Germany and where do other EU countries stand?
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Fraunhofer IZM / Volker Mai

ECG with a patch: APPLAUSE European collaborative project successfully completed

17.10.2023

Researchers from Fraunhofer IZM, together with 31 partners from industry and research, have developed a stretchable and wireless patch that can be used to make it possible to conduct diagnostically relevant cardiac monitoring in everyday life.
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CellAED: a success story that started at MEDICA

02.10.2023

When the Australian company Rapid Response Revival Research Limited (RRR) came to MEDICA for the first time, they were still a start-up with a prototype. In 2023, they are returning with a full-grown product that has sold 10,000 units in less than a year. Their CellAED is a miniature automated defibrillator that can be kept close in case sudden cardiac arrest occurs somewhere.
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Photo courtesy of Temiloluwa Prioleau

Wearable devices show who may need more help managing diabetes

29.09.2023

A new Dartmouth study in the journal Science Advances suggests that how well people with diabetes manage their blood sugar depends on their experience with the condition and their overall success in controlling their glucose levels, as well as on the season and time of day.
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davidpradoperucha

Cure Xchange Challenge: initiative to incubate innovations by healthcare start-ups

26.09.2023

Cure, a healthcare innovation campus in New York City, has opened applications for its Cure Xchange Challenge, a bold initiative to incubate innovations by healthcare start-ups and entrepreneurs across disciplines and sectors to responsibly and equitably use artificial intelligence (AI) in health.
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steptics: efficient and affordable manufacturing of sustainable foot prostheses

19.09.2023

Manufacturing high-quality foot prostheses from carbon or fiberglass is a complex and cost-intensive process. The founders of the start-up steptics have developed a method that automates this process. In doing so, they also rely on modern AI solutions with sustainability in mind.
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Time is Brain

Start-up Time is Brain monitors brain function after stroke

30.08.2023

Stroke victims frequently face lasting disabilities. Recognizing this, the start-up "Time is Brain" has pioneered a portable device for early stroke detection. This innovation empowers doctors to tailor therapeutic decisions throughout a patient's journey, ensuring continuous, real-time brain monitoring from the moment a stroke begins.
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AZ-BLT

New imaging technology for a quick look inside a human being

04.08.2023

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have succeeded in making a new imaging technique ready for use on humans. Radioactive markers and radiation are not necessary for this.
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yanadjana

Mobile cold plasma device: healing of chronic and acute wounds

13.07.2023

Skin diseases, chronic wounds or postoperative wounds often greatly restrict the quality of life for those affected. Improvement or healing of these conditions is usually time-consuming and costly. Terraplasma medical GmbH, a company of the Viromed Medical Group, uses cold plasma to pursue an effective approach to wound treatment.
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Digitization, AI, robotics: how healthcare will change over the next 50 years

07.07.2023

A study by researchers at Mälardalen University (MDU) describes what our future healthcare industry may look like.
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EKFZ/ A. Stübner

Chatbots like ChatGPT: approval as medical devices

06.07.2023

The new Nature Medicine paper by Prof. Stephen Gilbert, et. al. addresses one of the most pressing international issues of our time: How to regulate Large Language Models (LLMs) in general and specifically in health.
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Pressmaster

AI supports rehabilitation after spinal cord injury

05.07.2023

An intelligent suit is hoped to significantly improve rehabilitation after a serious spinal cord injury. The AI-supported solution will be developed over the next three years by researchers from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) working in collaboration with Heidelberg University and Heidelberg University Hospital.
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Alex Dolce, Florida Atlantic University

Sickle cell disease: portable tool for diagnosis, monitoring receives U.S. patent

30.06.2023

Using microfluidics, flow cytometry and electrical impedance, Sarah Du recently received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a novel invention that will offer patients a better way to manage their disease.
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Asociación RUVID

New patent: uterine manipulator that improves gynaecological surgery

22.06.2023

Researchers from the Biomechanics and Ergonomics research group of the Universitat Jaume I, the Abdomino-Pelvic Oncology Surgery Referral Unit (UR-COAP) of the General University Hospital of Castelló and the Fisabio Foundation have developed an atraumatic uterine manipulator for minimally invasive gynaecological surgery.
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svitlanah

6G in healthcare: better wireless technology for better care

20.06.2023

While the 5G cellular technology standard is becoming more widespread in the public sector, development on its successor has already started. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched an initiative to lay the foundations for 6G. This communications technology can also be significant for the healthcare sector.
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NIMBLE Diagnostics SL

Imaging: monitoring cardiovascular stents with microwaves

30.05.2023

A cardiovascular stent may fail after implantation. Patients with arteriosclerosis then must undergo angiography again. The condition of the stent is examined or a new stent is placed during this procedure. Barcelona-based company NIMBLE Diagnostics is now working on an easier method to monitor stents after implantation.
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svitlanah

BioDevCenter: biologicals are the future of medicine

27.04.2023

Not all advances in medical technology immediately catch your eye – take biologicals, for example. These are molecules that are biotechnologically designed for a specific application. In the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the Biologicals Development Center (BioDevCenter) and its infrastructure aim to bring them to market faster in the future.
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Pressmaster

Shining a light into the "black box" of AI

29.03.2023

Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a novel method for evaluating the interpretability of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, opening the door to greater transparency and trust in AI-driven diagnostic and predictive tools.
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Product design in medical technology

07.03.2023

Good design not only pleases the eye or the hand. It also guarantees intuitive and safe use and a long service life. Especially in medical technology, this can make a big difference – for staff as well as patients. Medical designers are therefore in great demand. At MEDICA 2022, we talked to two of them about their profession.
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Nanyang Technological University

AI-powered massage robot to start product evaluation in the US, clinical trial in Singapore

20.02.2023

Singapore robotics firm AiTreat will be embarking on a new product evaluation in the United States for their massage robot powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Mayo Clinic, USA.
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The Project Team / Claudia Pock

Multinational research consortium to advance nanomedicine manufacturing

15.02.2023

Gattefossé, InProcess-LSP, Knauer, Microfluidics, Skyepharma, and the University of Graz join the RCPE-led European Consortium for Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (ECCPM) to jointly develop a modular, flexible toolkit to advance industrial-scale production of lipid nanoparticles.
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Imperial College London

Affordable device for fixing broken bones piloted in Gaza, Sri Lanka and Ukraine

20.01.2023

Imperial researchers have developed a low-cost, easy-to-manufacture stabiliser for broken bones to help in regions where such devices are expensive or in short supply and people sometimes resort to homemade options.
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DZHK establishes two central biobanks - cooperation partners welcome

16.01.2023

The German Center for Cardiovascular Research is centralizing its biospecimens collections, which are currently stored at 60 sites. Therefore, it is looking for two biobanks as scientific cooperation partners. Applications are now open to all German biobanks.
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Digitization of healthcare: Where does Germany rank?

16.01.2023

How far along is the digitization of the German healthcare system at the moment? It is an interesting question for both users and patients who can benefit directly from digitization and providers who plan to complement the German healthcare market with digitization products and solutions.
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Petra Ritter / BIH

€60 million committed to establish AI and robotics in healthcare

11.01.2023

The EU project TEF-Health aims to test and validate innovative artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics solutions for the healthcare sector and accelerate their path to market.
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Prostock-studio

COMPASS for highly sensitive rapid tests

09.01.2023

A newly developed rapid test needs only a few seconds to reliably detect pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2. It is based on specially designed magnetic nanoparticles.
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sofiiashunkina

Complete package for minimally invasive tumor therapy

04.01.2023

License agreement and joint development: Fraunhofer MEVIS commences cooperation with Israeli partner for worldwide use of innovative software technology in ultrasound-aided tumor ablation.
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Empa

Watching viruses fail

20.12.2022

Using a new analytical method, Empa researchers have tracked viruses as they pass through face masks and compared their failure on the filter layers of different types of masks.
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Freudenberg Performance Materials

ProQuIV optimizes the production of nonwoven masks

12.12.2022

Producing infection control clothing requires a lot of energy and uses lots of material resources. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technology which helps to save materials and energy when producing nonwovens.
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Epilepsy: Automatically detecting and documenting seizures with AI

28.11.2022

Up to now, the detection of epileptic seizures has been difficult and – especially in the case of minor seizures – inadequate. This is about to change with monikit. In the future, the sensor device and artificial intelligence will be used to collect comprehensive data and thus improve the care of those affected.
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Robots – helping hand in the hospital

17.11.2022

Robots have already been part of our everyday live for some time now, whether in our private life or at many workplaces. But how can the automatic helpers be helpful as an assistant in everyday hospital life? We got to know some great ideas at MEDICA 2022.
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Setting new standards in mobile X-ray – Solutions for tomorrow AB

16.11.2022

Instead of bringing the patient to the X-ray unit, would it not be better to bring the X-ray unit to the patient? Solutions for tomorrow is a med-tech company creating innovative products that change the X-ray experience for hospitals, clinics and patients. At MEDICA 2022, we took a look at it.
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Visitor voices 2022: Medicine at your fingertips

16.11.2022

Finally MEDICA is back and the halls are full! We wanted to know what makes the trade fair so special and interesting for visitors and why you should definitely make the trip to Düsseldorf. You can read the best answers in our photo gallery.
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Printed electronics for healthcare – Henkel AG

15.11.2022

Henkel is a name that many do not necessarily associate with medical technology. Nevertheless, the company can make an important contribution to digital healthcare. In our video interview, we find out what exactly this contribution looks like and why Henkel is exhibiting at MEDICA 2022.
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Meeting point MEDICA 2022: Innovations, contacts and latest research

15.11.2022

The world of medicine meets again at MEDICA. A variety of high-quality, innovative products and exciting presentations as well as discussions in the forums make it a great event. This year, the trade fair again offers new ideas and developments on an international level. You can get a small insight in our photo gallery.
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Doinglab: Nutrition management with AI

02.11.2022

Watching your diet based on various health issues can sometimes be tiring. To make the process easier and help patients to monitor their intake, the start-up Doinglab developed an artificial intelligence technology that can recognize and understand food. FoodLens provides detailed information about the food with just a picture.
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DyCare

DyCare: Safe and remote rehabilitation

18.10.2022

To treat musculoskeletal disorders physical therapy is often essential to help patients suffering from chronic pain. But following a patient’s progress in physical therapy can be difficult without a matching tool. To improve rehabilitation and further personalize treatment, DyCare developed a digital rehabilitation platform called ReHub.
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M. Brombach | EKFZ

AI-supported medical device certification: "We want electronic approvals"

10.10.2022

The KIMEDS project aims to develop an AI-supported safety solution across the entire lifecycle of medical software to shorten the time from development to certification of innovative medical technology. The goal is to provide best medical care for patients, prompting a close project collaboration between science, industry, and regulatory authorities.
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halfpoint

Novel sensor system with AI-driven biomarkers for patients with heart failure

07.10.2022

UNISONO aims to develop a novel system combining an ear-worn sensor with speech recognition.
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Virtonomy GmbH

Virtonomy: Performing virtual clinical trials with a digital twin solution

04.10.2022

Virtual clinical trials can be accomplished a lot faster and conducted with more flexibility for patients than in real life. The start-up Virtonomy takes these clinical trials to the next level with the software v-Patients. With v-Patients, a digital twin can be constructed and used in silico clinical trials.
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AnnaStills

Mia-Care: Driving digitization faster

01.09.2022

A platform that already provides a basis so that healthcare providers can more easily implement the development and provision of digital solutions. In this interview, CEO Marzio Ghezzi explains the difficulties that the European healthcare market poses for a globally oriented start-up like Mia-Care and why a successful feedback system is indispensable for him.
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Thayra

Start-ups in Focus – From idea to product

01.09.2022

Start-ups are the innovation drivers in the medical market. But a good idea alone is not enough. In our topic of the month September, three representatives tell us what hurdles there are on the way to market establishment and tips on how up-and-coming founders can circumvent some of them.
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halfpoint

Busto automatika: Smart house integrator

01.09.2022

How and, above all, where do we want to age? Preferably within our own four walls, surrounded by our loved ones. How technology can help us feel safe in the process? Busto Automatika specializes in smart home applications and is not only available to help relatives with advice and technology.
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WWU - Peter Leßmann

First completely robot-supported microsurgical operations on humans

24.08.2022

A team led by Dr. Maximilian Kückelhaus and Prof. Tobias Hirsch from the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Münster has carried out the first completely robot-supported microsurgical operations on humans.
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s_kawee

Smart hospital design – it benefits all of us

01.07.2022

When we think of modern hospitals, we often think of high-tech medical devices, patient beds surrounded by machines, or networked operating rooms. Yet it is not only the equipment in patient rooms that leads to a better and faster recovery. A hospital that delivers a positive experience for patients, their families, and medical staff centers on smart design from the very beginning.
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FabrikaPhoto

Project: hospital construction

01.07.2022

In addition to medical care, the recovery of patients in the hospital is a key factor. In order for this to take place in the best possible way, the focus in the planning phase should also be on optimal workplace design for medical staff. How can the balancing act between design and functionality be achieved and what will the hospital of tomorrow look like?
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PantherMedia/Andriy Popov

Telemedicine as an alternative: contactless and secure diagnoses

01.04.2022

Concrete diagnoses are the be-all and end-all in medicine. The Corona pandemic made the conditions for good diagnostics more difficult. Telemedicine offers an alternative - not only in times of pandemic. It is important to exploit the full potential of technical possibilities. Robot-assisted examinations and artificial intelligence can make an important contribution to symptom recognition.
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PantherMedia / Fotofabrika

How to reduce plastic waste: innovative process promises recycling of single-use face masks

01.03.2022

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the use of disposable face masks. Discarding them has become an environmental challenge on a global scale. This has prompted the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT to develop an innovative recycling process for used plastics.
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PantherMedia/srikijt

Sustainability and medical consumables – where to put the waste?

01.03.2022

Medicine produces a lot of waste through medical consumables like protective gear or laboratory equipment. All of this gets destroyed due to hygiene reasons after use, but it is nonetheless true: Our resources are not unlimited and medical waste is a burden for the environment, too.
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PantherMedia / Wavebreakmedia ltd

Better management of hospital resources in pandemic times through DNA measurement

15.02.2022

For nearly two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept a firm grip on the world and caused many intensive care units to hit full capacity. It would help medical professionals tremendously if they could make a reliable prognosis the moment patients are hospitalized. cfDNA screening could play an important role in the assessment of COVID-19 severity in patients.
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PantherMedia / MyVector

Successful Strategies to Enter the Medical Market in Africa

11.01.2022

There are many factors to consider when you plan to enter the medical market in another country. Every country requires different market entry strategies – and countries in Africa are no exception.
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Digitalization in orthopedic technology – A craft is changing

22.11.2021

Orthopedic auxiliary means are mostly still produced in manual labor today. But orthopedic technology is also trying out new ways by using tools like 3D scanners, digital models and 3D printing. Nadja Singer from Ottobock explains in our video interview how this changes the production of auxiliary means.
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New contacts, innovations and experiences – Exhibitor voices 2021

18.11.2021

Internationality, fresh ideas and innovative developments – MEDICA 2021. Exhibitors from all over the world contribute to making the trade fair an exciting event with high-quality and sophisticated products every year. Get an insight into the impressions and experiences of the exhibitors is this photo gallery.
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Clear signals in uncertain times – Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH

18.11.2021

The Corona pandemic has put the brakes on the medical industry worldwide through logistic problems and contact restrictions. But despite the crisis, opportunities are still created and companies are still able to develop. We learn more about this at the stand of Zimmer MedizinSysteme at MEDICA 2021.
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The colors of MEDICA 2021

18.11.2021

2020 MEDICA could only take place online, 2021 it returned as an on-site event to the trade fair halls. At four days, visitors could finally experience numerous new technologies and ideas from areas like health-IT, robotics, laboratory medicine, imaging, surgery or physiotherapy and orthopaedic technology again. See our most beautiful impressions of MEDICA 2021 here!
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New contacts, impressions and innovations - visitor voices 2021

17.11.2021

This year, MEDICA 2021 can once again look forward to many visitors. We asked some visitors why they visit the fair, for how many years they have been coming here and what they particularly appreciate about MEDICA. You can get to know them in our photo gallery.
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MEDICA and COMPAMED 2021: Relaunch as hybrid events

12.11.2021

In 2020, MEDICA and COMPAMED took place as pure online events due to the corona pandemic. In 2021, the fairs will be arranged as hybrid events: on-site in Düsseldorf and complemented with additional online services. We talked to Christian Grosser, Project Director Health & Medical Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, about this relaunch.
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Asociación RUVID

Researchers release masks that instantaneously deactivate SARS-CoV-2

20.09.2021

Researchers released a new type IIR surgical mask with an intelligent fabric that can instantaneously deactivate the SARS-COV-2 virus that is responsible for COVID19.
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Getting from 3D scan to 3D print: computer-aided prostheses and orthoses

01.07.2021

Orthopedic technology is a true craft: That's because prostheses and orthoses are rarely off-the-shelf products. Orthopedic technicians must typically use different materials to custom create and fit the devices. Many of these processes are manual. For several years now, 3D scanning and 3D printing have modernized the industry thanks to digital design freedom and flexible production.
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Population health management: networking versus data silos

22.06.2021

Data silos still prevail in the German health care system: providers store and collect patient data for their own purposes, making it not available to the entire organization. Many still mainly share this data in analog form. Comprehensive, integrated delivery networks would make many practices easier.
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Accelerating digitization of hospitals through innovation

10.06.2021

Helping hospitals in Germany build a long-term digitization strategy - that is the declared goal of the young founding team of the innovation go platform, which started at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. The project is funded by EXIST, a support program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
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PantherMedia/SimpleFoto

Hospital logistics: three action steps to future success

22.04.2021

Behind every hospital are sophisticated and complex logistics that must run like clockwork to keep things going. But how good are the processes when it comes to managing patient care and hospital staff? There are many weak links that can be avoided. Comprehensive digitization and efficient, targeted healthcare workforce management are required to set up hospital logistics for future success.
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PantherMedia / Andrew Lozovyi

Digital healthcare: The point-of-care is shifting

21.04.2021

In this interview with MEDICA-tradefair.com, Lina Behrens explains how Flying Health helps its clients develop new business models and gives an outlook on the future of healthcare.
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Evercot AI GmbH

Good connection: AI and EEG work hand in hand

17.02.2021

Artificial intelligences (AI) are able to help medical professionals detect diseases. This is based on medical data records from which the AI can draw conclusions about diseases. These conclusions are most accurate when the extraction of the data sets is directly linked to the processing.
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PantherMedia/sielemann

Medical devices: hygienic design combats pathogens

03.02.2021

Medical hygiene does not just play a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preventing the transmission of infectious diseases and especially the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms is paramount even in non-pandemic times. While hygiene practices in hospitals and medical offices are essential, the industry can also make an important contribution with hygienic product design.
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PantherMedia/KostyaKlimenko

Digital Health Applications Ordinance: Fast track admission for health apps

06.01.2021

Until now, it sounded quite odd to receive reimbursement for digital health apps: There are too many and the majority has never been checked for safety and positive effects. Thanks to the "Digital Health Applications Ordinance", these apps can now reach the German market in a regulated way, physicians can prescribe them and statutory health insurance companies reimburse their use.
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Green Hospital - Sustainability at the University Hospital Bonn

16.12.2020

Large hospital complexes such as the University Hospital Bonn can save millions when they implement well thought-out energy-saving measures. Michael Körber reports how the UKB is already implementing this with the help of combined heat and power units and a comprehensive sustainability concept. Manuel Merges describes how these projects were also possible with the help of external financing.
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The medical technology industry and the pandemic – a close look at market numbers

16.11.2020

Does the medical technology industry profit from the corona pandemic? Partly yes, but at large, it also suffers through this crisis. This is one of the topics that the industry association SPECTARIS addresses during virtual.MEDICA 2020. Marcus Kuhlmann talks about this and other topics in our video interview.
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virtual.MEDICA 2020: Experience medicine online

02.11.2020

This year is completely different! Normally, we would offer you an advanced peek into the MEDICA’s halls in Dusseldorf at this point. But due to the corona pandemic, the trade fair takes place online as virtual.MEDICA. We nevertheless took a look at this year’s topics of special interest.
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virtual.MEDICA 2020: Three start-ups introduce themselves

28.10.2020

We asked three start-ups to shortly introduce themselves in their own words in advance to virtual.MEDICA 2020. Come take a look!
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Israeli medical devices showcase digital innovations at MEDICA

24.08.2020

For the annual MEDICA trade fair, companies from all over the world assemble in Düsseldorf. The Israel Export Institute has been a part of it for the last couple of years. They present medical devices and digital innovations from different Israeli companies at their joint booth.
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Fraunhofer IPT

Personal protective equipment: ramping up medical mask production to 50,000 pieces per day

22.07.2020

Necessity is the mother of invention: While many companies have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, some were able to find the hidden business opportunities the unique situation has created. One example of how companies can benefit from the Covid-19 crisis is the production of medical protective gear.
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Green Hospital: not only ecological, but holistic sustainability

01.07.2020

The REGIOMED Klinikum Lichtenfels is the lighthouse project of the "Green Hospital Initiative Bayern" (Bavarian Green Hospital Initiative), which launched in 2014 and aims to increase energy efficiency and promote sustainability in Bavarian hospitals. Lichtenfels took things one step further by constructing an optimized new building where sustainability is an integral part.
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PantherMedia/Wavebreakmedia (YAYMicro)

Hospitals go green – helping patients and Mother Nature

01.07.2020

Each day, a hospital consumes as much energy as a small city. Medical facilities work around the clock to provide excellent patient care. Environmental protection tends to play a secondary role as high safety and hygiene standards seem to be incompatible with optimized resource utilization – but is that really the case? Green Hospitals prove that environmental sustainability is possible.
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PantherMedia/sellingpix

Green Hospital: on the way to more sustainability

01.07.2020

In times of climate change, interest in ecological alternatives and solutions has grown in the health sector, too. However, for the complex organism of a hospital this sometimes poses a great challenge. How can energy be saved despite continuous operation? To what extent are hygiene standards and waste reduction compatible? And what costs are associated with the Green Hospital?
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Cardisiography: A Non-Invasive Heart Screening Test

03.02.2020

Coronary heart disease can come as a complete surprise and occur suddenly. Cardisiography was designed to lower the risk and make faster intervention possible. As a non-invasive heart screening test, cardisiography offers the possibility of early detection for heart diseases.
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A new type of endoscopy – small, easy, comfortable

22.01.2020

Patients have to undergo a gastroscopy to rule out gastrointestinal conditions. Many dread this procedure since a thin, flexible tube is being pushed through the esophagus and stomach. Ovesco Endoscopy AG has teamed up with other project partners in the nuEndo research project to develop a capsule endoscopy device that is tiny, easy to swallow and makes the test more comfortable for the patient.
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APRICOT-project: implant "help(s) patients heal themselves"

01.01.2020

Today, people tend to live longer, while an increasing number of patients suffer from osteoarthritis. Even younger generations are now at a higher risk of getting osteoarthritis due to the frequent use of mobile devices. The EU research project APRICOT aims to develop a novel type of implant for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hands – helping patients heal themselves.
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AAL Living Lab: research, education and raising awareness

02.12.2019

Smart home systems are a perfect example of how technology can make our daily lives easier. The fact that they can use a tablet to adjust lighting and blinds in every room benefits older adults in more ways than one. These types of technical systems are a part of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and create a safe living environment for older persons.
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MEDICA START-UP PARK: "For those, who want to experience the startup-spirit"

01.10.2019

When the halls of MEDICA are open to the world to showcase medical innovations, one joint exhibition booth is guaranteed to attract special attention - the MEDICA START-UP PARK. The startups that present their advances in this setting are interesting to visitors and investors, yet long-time exhibitors and big businesses can also benefit from building relationships with these young companies.
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MEDICA START-UP PARK 2019: Experience tomorrow's innovations today

01.10.2019

The medical market is booming - medical ideas and visions for the future are more in demand than ever. Especially at MEDICA START-UP PARK 2019 young founders want to present their product innovations. Develop business contacts, meet investors and experience an international environment in just one place. Discover in our Topic of the Month what makes MEDICA START-UP PARK unique.
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