Over 14th - 17th November, the most-recent International Medical Industry trade fair MEDICA was held in the German city of Düsseldorf - and closed on 17th November. Thousands of companies from different world companies attended the trade fair, displaying their latest developments in the sphere of medical technology and innovation. This year there was a special Moscow section to the trade fair, whose displays were organised by the Department for External and International Economic Affairs of the Government of Moscow.
The subject of the trade fair embraces, in particular: diagnostic and medical laboratory apparatus; physiotherapy and orthopaedics; medical textiles and disposable materials; electro-medicine, medical devices, operating-theatre apparatus and instruments; equipment for use during hospital treatment; information and communications technology; applications for building and equipping hospitals; and various other related branches of the medical care industry. Just as in previous years, in parallel with the MEDICA trade fair, and within the same exhibition complex, the ComPaMed international medical exhibition took place – which displays the latest development in the sphere of raw components and materials for the medical industry. As usual, the dual MEDICA/ComPaMed exhibitions were accompanied by an extensive and broad-ranging conference program.
The Moscow exhibition featured displays by leading Moscow companies and organisations. These included the State Scientific & Practical Centre for Medical Radiology of the Moscow City Healthcare Department – the primary organisation involved in developing and boosting efficiency in the radiology diagnostic treatement in Moscow. During the trade fair, the State Scientific & Practical Centre for Medical Radiology of the Moscow City Healthcare Department presented its Unified Radiological Information Service (ERIS). This information system combines the CT, MRI, digital X-ray technology and fluoroscopy services of Moscow's medical institutions. ERIS's job goes far beyond maintaining records – it is a unified system for enabling the carrying-out of training and consultation work, controlling the effectiveness of radiological services throughout a huge metropolis, and is similarly involved in the development of the city's infrastructure projects.
The Hygiena-Med Group of Companies are leaders in the development and production of disinfection and cleansing products on the Russian market - and they presented their latest innovations to trade-fair visitors. The STROGINO Techno-Park was the first such State Techno-Park in Moscow to provide a complete cycle of support for Small and Medium-Size business in a biomedical cluster. The Techno-Park also presented the work of companies including R-Optika – who produce high-tech micro-surgery instruments; and Bio-Techpharm, a Russian developer and producer of innovative medical dressings.
LLC Directorate of the MGI Foundation presented compression garments for the treatment of scars in burns cases. The Trinity Clinic for Preventative & Recuperative Treatment demonstrated its unique range of innovative services for beauty and health. Unlike other such clinics the operate in the sphere of preventive and recuperative treatment, regeneration and restoring a youthful appearance.
The MEDPLANT corporation are firmly established in providing equipment and medical apparatus for use by the Emergency Medical Services. Their provision covers not only the whole of Russia, but similarly CIS countries too. At the trade exhibition they gave displays of full-scale examples of their equipment – including emergency and paramedical care in all forms and levels.
The diverse profile of the Nordvind Corporation has been established since 2004. The company gave a presentation of a smart device capable of monitoring the status of human health, and the diagnosis of disease at its earliest stages of appearance.
EMCO is another company working in developing scientific and medical instruments, which displayed apparatus and reagents for staining biological micro-preparations (including six models for auto-staining), as well as a hemostatic analytical system (including seven models for semi-automatic coagulation).
During the first day of the Exhibition, the Moscow Exhibition was visited by the Deputy Oberbürgermeister of Düsseldorf, Herr Doctor A Mayer-Falke; the Consul-General of the Russian Federation in Bonn, Mr Vladimir Sedykh; and the Russian Trade Representative in Bonn, Mr Viktor Ilsky, along with many others.
Having visited the displays of the exhibition, the senior officials proceeded to a formal meeting – which was attended by the Deputy Oberbürgermeister of Düsseldorf, Herr Doctor A Mayer-Falke; the Head of the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce, Madam A Gebauer; the Head of the Medical Industry Forum, Herr Martin; numerous leading medical experts and healthcare doctors. The meeting was similarly attended by the Deputy Director of the Department for External and International Economic Affairs of the City of Moscow, Mr Anatoly Valetov; the Director of the State Scientific & Practical Centre for Medical Radiology of the Moscow City Healthcare Department, Dr Sergey Morozov, and a number of other senior figures. The topics under discussion touched upon issues of developing medical ties between Russia and Germany; the possibilities for collaboration in medical professional training, and the opportunities for organising medical start-ups in Germany with the involvement of young medical specialists from Moscow.
The participants in the meeting went on to discuss holding the MEDICA-2017 exhibition in collaboration with the Russo-German Medical Forum – with an emphasis on endocrinology, tele-medicine, radiology, the study and treatment of diabetes, and the possibilities medical services offer for improving the lives of the population.
A large number of professional and business meetings were held at the Moscow Government stand at the exhibition – which resulted in the signing of official contracts and agreements. Among these, the Nordvind corporation signed a Protocol of Cooperation with the Indian medical company Zandoz Medical Systems. A proposal for certification was received from Italian corporation Abintrax Biomed, as well a proposal for setting up a joint company, from the Belgian healthcare corporation Heart Link Online HALO N.V.
The Moscow delegation also enjoyed a program of organised visits to other locations.
On 15th November, there was an organised visit to the Fire Emergency Medical Centre of the City of Düsseldorf. During this visit the Moscow delegation was represented by the Director of the MEDPLANT corporation, Mr Garegin Mamdjian. During the visit, the delegation had the opportunity to meet Herr Berndt Braun – the Head of the Düsseldorf Emergency Services.
On the same day, a delegation from the State Scientific & Practical Centre for Medical Radiology (Director – Mr Sergey Morozov) made a visit to the Radprax Düsseldorf private clinic - where they met with its German specialist directors, Dr Weber, and Dr Wentges.
On 16th November, the LLC Native corporation made a visit to the Medwerk GmbH medical centre – which provides orthopaedic goods to specialised stores – during which the Russian team were met by Dr Stefan Dorn, the Managing Director of Medwerk GmbH Ratingen, who is similarly Board Member of the Health Industry Forum of Düsseldorf. The Russian experts had a chance to learn more about the Centre's work during their visit.
On November 16th, a Round Table was held from 10am to midday by Moscow City Government, in collaboration with the Russian Competences Centre, and the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce. The topic of the discussions was 'Opportunities for Russo-German Cooperation In The Economics Of Healthcare'. The round table attracted participation from over fifty specialists, and was held in the pleasant surroundings of the Congress Centre of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre (CCD Süd).
The visitors were greeted with an address from the German side, by Dr Stefan Martin – a Board Member of the Düsseldorf Health Industry Forum, and Director of the West Germany Centre for Healthcare and Diabetes Treatment (WDGZ); and from the Russian side, from Professor Sergey Morozov, Director of the State Scientific & Practical Centre for Medical Radiology of the Moscow City Healthcare Department. Dr Andrea Gebauer – Head of the Centre for Russo-German Economic Coopration at the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce – acted as Moderator for the event.
The German colleagues at the meeting gave presentations on topics which included: “The German market for medical equipment and medical apparatus – potential, distribution systems, supervisory and regulatory systems”; “The Registration of Medical Equipment in Germany”; “Tele-medicine in the treatment of Diabetes”; “Shops for medical, therapeutic and prophylactic goods”; and other issues.
The Russian delegates directed their presentations at issues connected to laboratory diagnosis; diagnostic methodology and treatment in endocrinology; spinal surgery (a talk given by Professor Andrei Shkoda); the opportunities offered by a unified radiology information system (ERIS) in the management of healthcare in a large metropolis (a talk given by Professor Sergey Morozov); and future medical tendencies and developments – trends, leading companies, investment (a talk given by Mr Alexander Potapov, Deputy CEO and Board Member of RVC JSC.
The proceedings of the Round Table included a presentation by the 'International Patients' Working Group of the Düsseldorf Health Industry Forum. Herr Marlis von Borris, the Head of the Working Group, gave details of its work to the assembled audience.
The event concluded with a lively discussion – during which a number of participants noted repeatedly that holding such events makes a great contribution to the exchange of technology and understanding, as well as the future development of mutually beneficial bilateral relations.