Considering recent merger and acquisition trends in the med tech/med device space, the changing healthcare landscape, and ever-innovative and emerging industry technologies, it’s never been more important to stay current, stay informed, and stay networked. Industry tradeshows offer great opportunities to accomplish these tasks, so in this blog, I offer a list of some of the best med tech and life science events occurring throughout 2017. This year, take time to educate yourself about the latest trends in the medical technology and medical device space; network with peers, thought leaders, suppliers, and OEMs; and expand your horizons through travel. You won’t regret it!
Networking and learning opportunities abound at INTERPHEX, taking place this week in Manhattan. The show brings together over 10,000 pharmaceutical, biotech, and med device industry professionals, leaders, and vendors, from around the globe, to share knowledge, best practices, and the latest technologies for cost-effective product development and manufacturing. The event includes technical conferences, panel discussions, exhibits and demonstrations, as well as partnering and networking opportunities. “Learn It, Experience It, Procure It” at INTERPHEX.
When: March 21-23, 2017
Where: Javits Center, NYC
More info: http://www.interphex.com/
MedTec Europe takes place in April and is the leading European event showcasing medical component and service providers. With 600+ exhibitors, the event includes ample opportunitiy to network, learn (at presentations, conferences, and workshops), and experiencing the latest innovations (visit the Innovation Gallery and the Start-Up Academy on the show floor). Pre-registered attendees (7,000+ expected) can take advantage of the event’s “matchmaking service” to book meetings with key players in the med tech space.
When: April 4-6, 2017
Where: Messe Stuttgart, Germany
More info: http://www.medteceurope.com/europe/
The MedTech Strategist Innovation Summit
Also in April, the MedTech Strategist Innovation Summit, considered the premier medtech investment forum in Europe, features presentations by 40+ early-stage med device companies from around the world; interviews and discussions with thought leaders, med device executives and VCs; and an Innovator start-up competition. This spectacular event is worth traveling for.
When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin Ireland
BIOMEDevice Conference (BCS will attend)
A little closer to home (mine anyway), New England’s largest annual medtech event offers ample opportunity to connect with over 4,000 engineers, executives, and suppliers in the end-to-end medtech design-to-manufacture space. Get face-time with product and service providers, find solutions for your needs, deepen your knowledge, make connections, and see you there!
When: May 3-4, 2017
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA
More Info: http://biomedevice.mddionline.com/
CMEF – The China International Medical Equipment Fair (BCS will be in attendance)
Visit Shanghai to participate in Asia-Pacific’s leading event showcasing and serving the entire med device value chain and market. The show features the largest gathering of medical device/equipment manufacturers, and related products and services, in the Asia-Pacific region. Nearly 4,000 med device manufacturers from 24+ countries expected to attend with a breadth and depth of products and services including medical imaging, IVD, electronics, optics, first aid, rehab nursing, medical IT and outsourcing. Attendance usually exceeds 150,000 attendees at this twice a year event.
When: May 15-18, 2017
Where: National Exhibition & Convention Center, Shanghai, China
More info: http://www.cmef.com.cn/g1225.aspx
MD&M East (BCS will attend)
Join BCS and Immerse yourself in medical technology at the East Coast’s largest annual medtech event, MD&M East. This year’s event has a special focus on 3D printing, smart manufacturing, and design and innovation, with a key note address by Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak. This amazing tradeshow features a plethora of opportunities to learn from, and connect with, industry players, thought leaders, executives, engineers and professionals.
When: June 13-15, 2017
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
More Info: http://mdmeast.mddionline.com/
MPO Summit (BCS sponsor / attendee)
MPO Summit focuses on medical device manufacturing outsourcing innovations. This year’s event takes place in beautiful downtown San Diego , closely located to the San Diego County Life Science cluster (and growing Medical Device maquiladoras of Tijuana and Mexacali). Symposia focus on critical issues impacting today’s industry stakeholders, and the Summit offers ample interactive networking and educational opportunities. Meet OEMs, contract manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, investors, and academicians, and develop tools and capabilities to compete and grow in todays’ challenging business climate.
When: October 18-19, 2017
Where: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, San Diego, CA
More Info: http://mposummit.com/
Medica Trade Fair (BCS will attend)
When: November 13-16, 2017
Where: DÜsseldorf, Germany
More Info: http://www.medica-tradefair.com/
One of my favorites, the Medica Trade Fair in Germany, takes place in November and is more than just a medical industry tradeshow. Nearly 5,000 exhibitors showcase products, services, and innovations from an array of areas including electromedicine, diagnostics, medical technology, information and communication systems, equipment, and commodity consumables. Forums and seminars include panel discussions; special exhibitions demonstrating the latest techniques and device innovations; and career recruiting and planning. This event is a perfect platform to exchange ideas and networking with industry players from throughout the world.
MedTech Impact Expo and Conference
December is a great time to visit Vegas, and MedTech Impact Expo and Conference is a one-of-a-kind event. The show connects thousands of healthcare professionals from around the world to share best practices and learn about emerging technologies. MedTech Impact offers educational opportunities including case studies, an exhibit hall showcasing wearables, biosensors, and 3D printing technologies. The conference focuses on how technology is redefining healthcare.
When: December 15-16, 2017
Where: Venetian/Palazzo Resort, Last Vegas, NV
More Info: https://www.medtechimpact.com/
In closing, take time to attend a few trade shows in 2017 – stay connected and informed. It’s good for you and your business!