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Planning underway for world’s largest medical trade show

Düsseldorf, Germany – Planning for the world’s largest medical trade show, MEDICA 2014 (November 12-15), is already running at full steam ahead. More than 4,500 exhibitors from around 65 nations are expected to participate. COMPAMED – a sister show covering the medical technology industry that is held at the same time as MEDICA – is seeing an increase of over 10% in bookings with over 700 exhibitors. Together the two shows occupy 19 halls of the massive Messe Düsseldorf fairgrounds.

“Seeing that in previous years the new forms integrated into the trade show had been initiated successfully and the internationalization of the points in the program with many English-speaking presentations had been promoted, e.g. through the MEDICA Tech Forum and the relaunch of the MEDICA Health IT Forum, this year’s conceptual focus is on the continuation of live cell therapy for the conference program in 2013,” says Joachim Schäfer, Messe Düsseldorf’s managing director.

This year, the German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM) is joining the MEDICA Education Conference program. It has a network of 23,000 members in the fields of science, medicine and health services on a European-wide basis.

Divided thematically by hall, MEDICA includes exhibitors showing the latest products and technology in laboratory technology/diagnostics, electromedicine/medical technology, physiotherapy/orthopedic technology, commodities and consumables, information and communication technology, medical furniture and specialist furnishings, and building technology for hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Under the motto ‘Science Meets Medicine’, the content of this year’s conference provides a thematic integration between the conference program and the trade show. This is because medical advancement is often closely associated with technical developments. This is being emphasized by the MEDICA Education Conference 2014 in the exchange between international scientists, doctors, specialized medical staff, purchasers from hospitals as well as developers and manufacturers. The four days of the conference are dedicated to each area of focus, respectively. Planned topics for this include infection and inflammation, telemedicine and robotics, gastrointestinal oncology, as well as interventional medicine.

In 2013, the two fairs welcomed a total of 132,000 trade visitors, nearly 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, with opening times from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5:00 pm (MEDICA only). More information is available on the shows’ website.