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Medical fair sees 4,500 booth space bookings


Düsseldorf, Germany – It’s four months to show time for the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2011and its sister event, COMPAMED, and organizer Messe Düsseldorf says that around 4,500 exhibitors have so far booked around 1.2 million square feet of space. The fairs take place in Dusseldorf from November 16-19.

The organizer says that two thirds of the exhibitors are from countries other than Germany and over 60 countries will be represented at MEDICA, which is a sign of the intense international competition in the market. “The market is characterized by a lively exchange of goods. More than half of the medical devices, products and instruments produced worldwide are made for export,” says Joachim Schäfer, Messe Düsseldorf’s managing director.

Together, MEDICA and COMPAMED 2011 will once again occupy all 19 halls of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds. This combination will reflect the entire process chain and the full range of medical products, devices and instruments.

Key exhibit categories at MEDICA 2011 will include electromedicine/medical technology, laboratory technology/diagnostics, physiotherapy/orthopaedic technology, medical products (devices and consumables) as well as information and communication technology, medical furniture and furnishings.

Specialty forums will cover research institutes, telemedicine/medical IT and physiotherapeutic applications.

COMPAMED covers high tech solutions for medical technology.

A medical tech forum will focus on innovations in medical technology and initial experiences with them in medical use. The partners for this forum include the German Army and the German Society for Computer and Robotic Assisted Surgery (CURAC) as well as the industrial associations SPECTARIS and ZVEI.

The MEDICA Congress with several thousand visitors, 600 speakers and some 200 seminars and courses each year, is Germany’s largest interdisciplinary advanced training forum. Key focus areas this year will include oncology, cardiology and age-related diseases as well as practical and advanced training courses on subjects such as sonography, emergency medicine and endoscopy.

MEDICA 2011 will also host the 34th German Hospital Conference, the largest communication platform for German hospital managers. This conference will deal with various political, medical and economic issues in hospital care, ranging from new billing systems and the optimization of patient care to various organizational topics.

The 1st European Hospital Conference will be geared towards top decision-makers from hospitals in Europe and the program content will be coordinated by the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), the European Association of Hospital Managers (EAHM) and the European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians (AEMH). Topics of this conference will be current aspects of European healthcare policy as well as the impact of the European Patients’ Rights Directive on clinics within the European Union. The conference language will be English.

Comprehensive information about the fairs can be accessed on the bilingual Internet portals www.medica-tradefair.com and www.compamed-tradefair.com. Exhibitor and product databases for both trade shows will be available online starting in August 2011.