MedTech Week Magazine 2018 At a glance
Highlights from the 3rd Edition of the Award-Winning MedTech Week Magazine
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I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our members for their enormous efforts in making the role of medical technologies more widely known during MedTech Week 2018 last June.
Now in it's fourth year, MedTech Week brings out the best in the companies and national associations that represent our industry. Together, they have served up dozens of examples in unwavering ingenuity to illustrate the value of medtech.
Bringing Sound & Vision to the message
MedTech is all around us but often goes unseen – and undervalued
Keeping you running
MedTech Europe go the extra mile in Brussels
Virus or bacterium?
Knowing the cause of an illness helps accelerate recovery, avoids waste of resources and reduces antimicrobial resistance
Exploring the connection between sport, health and medtech
Race against time
The next French medtech Unicorns
Young companies rewarded for innovative new creations
Start-ups find inspiration in six-month accelerator program
Food for thought
Access to innovation was on the menu at ‘parliamentary breakfast’
Extraordinary stories, ordinary lives
Meet the patients for whom medtech is a way of life
Digital health will boost patient safety and tackle infection control
‘Dialysis at home: savings lives, preserving autonomy’
Dialysis can be essential to the wellbeing of people living with kidney failure.
‘Committed to protect our health from Roberto Bertollini, HFE honorary president’
‘Thinking smarter & working harder to deliver Value-Based Healthcare – Together’
Michelle Brennan, Chair of the Board of MedTech Europe and Company Group Chair, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
‘Artificial intelligence: The next revolution in healthcare?’
At the turn of the century, healthcare companies were at the zenith of an ‘innovate-manufacture-sell’ business model.
‘How digital technologies will reshape musculoskeletal healthcare’
Digital technologies provide an opportunity to move musculoskeletal care to the heart of value-based healthcare. MedTech Views spoke to Satschin Bansal of Zimmer Biomet about some of the innovations that will change the field.
‘Colorectal cancer: don’t delay diagnosis’
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and the second most common in Europe. The disease can be fatal but early diagnosis and intervention are improving outcomes for patients.
‘Diagnosing STIs: faster tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea can help reduce the spread of disease’
Advances in diagnostic technologies give patients same-day test results for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
‘Asthma is a struggle – imagine carrying a 50kg stone around all day’
For people living with severe asthma, daily tasks can be a real challenge.
‘Digital health is here – time to take the lead’
How do we prepare Europe for future technologies?
Timely cochlear implant surgery can significantly help deaf children’s speech, language, cognitive and socio-emotional behaviour.
Race against time
Blood clots blocking the flow of oxygen to the brain can cause severe damage and are sometimes fatal. Commonly known as a ‘stroke’, these blockages are a major cause of paralysis and disability.
Outcomes from stroke patients are improving, thanks to innovative new technologies that allow skilled surgeons to clear clots and restore blood flow.
To help the public learn more about these devices, French medtech firm, Balt Group, welcomed a group of 15 journalists to its headquarter in June. The press trip, organised by Snitem, the French medtech association, was timed to mark MedTech Week and was an opportunity to showcase the meticulous work behind the production of live-saving ‘flow-diverter’ devices used to treat aneurysms and stroke.
The press trip generated strong interest from journalists – and excellent media coverage – with several stories focusing on the skills of those working for Balt Group.
Journalists were also able to follow live surgery on a 49-year-old patient with abnormal blood vessels in the brain. The procedure demonstrated how carefully created products can, in the hands of skilled surgeons, save the lives of people with serious illnesses.
Experts explained the procedure, emphasising the value of innovative products as well as the need to act swiftly. ‘There is still room for improvement in the technique, but also in terms of logistics,’ said Dr Michel Piotin, head of interventional radiology at the Rothschild Foundation. ‘For ischemic stroke, it is necessary to intervene quickly, ideally in the first three hours.’
The media coverage also focused on the economic potential of medtech companies (SMEs) like Balt which operate in a highgrowth area. By addressing unmet medical needs, innovative companies are well positioned to expand to new markets – saving thousands of lives along the way.