November Issue #43

November Issue #43

The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

MEDICA Special Issue




Dear readers,

 

It is now a tradition for MedicalExpo e-magazine to dedicate a special issue to the annual MEDICA conference—currently the world’s largest event for the medical sector—held this year from November 18-21 in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

 

We chose to focus on the major trends that will shape the show like the increasing use of IoT and wearable devices, the future of sports medicine and the booming market of medical consumables. We also took a look at the now-traditional themes of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and robotics through the presentation of a few startups attending the show. Last but not least, we interviewed the 3D printing giant Stratasys that will premiere its new J750 Digital anatomy printer in Düsseldorf.

 

Happy reading and enjoy the show!

Events
The market for wearable and connected medical devices has expanded exponentially in 2019.
Wearable and IoT technologies are making waves in healthcare. (Credit: iStock)

From wristbands that make diagnoses to patches that detect diseases, monitor data and manage treatment, wearable and IoT technologies are making waves in healthcare. This month, MEDICA showcases just some of the myriad of pioneering products already revolutionizing the industry.   IoT products, such as smart insulin...


Innovation in digital sports technology helps athletes push the boundaries. (Credit: iStock)

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The Medica Medicine + Sports Conference highlights how big data and AI are transforming the world of sports medicine. Innovation in digital sports technology is helping athletes push boundaries.   In the ultra-competitive world of sport, champions are distinguished from also-rans by mere thousandths of a second or...


The medical disposables market is booming. (Credit: depositphotos)

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A growing awareness of the need to control hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and cross-contamination is one factor driving the booming medical disposables market.   Hospitals, by their very nature, are places with a high concentration of people who are sick—bacteria, viruses and fungi are constantly introduced by...


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HypnoVR is a multisensory tool that combines virtual reality, hypnosis and music therapy. (Credit: HypnoVR)

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HypnoVR is a multisensory tool that combines hypnosis techniques with virtual reality and music therapy. Tested in hospitals in France with four clinical studies, it has been demonstrated to effectively reduce the stress and anxiety before certain procedures. In some cases, it has even made it possible to use local...


Anton Holovachenko and his robotic arm (Credit: UniExo)

The start-up UniExo develops modular robotic exoskeleton devices to help people with injuries and mobility problems restore their motor functions. Their wearable devices look like a robotic arm or leg and are designed to improve rehabilitation for all limbs.   Under the remote supervision of a doctor, the device...


Meditemi, a care home robot for elderly patients. (Credit: Medisana)

For thirty years, the German company Medisana has been delivering home health care products to help people monitor their own state of health independently and conscientiously. At MEDICA 2019 they will be showcasing Meditemi, a care robot designed to help people live independently at home until they reach old age. ...


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The new J750 Digital Anatomy Printer can produce ultra-realistic and functional cardiovascular models. (Credit: Stratasys)

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Stratasys premiered its new J750 Digital Anatomy Printer at the Medica/COMPAMED trade show. It is Stratasys’ first 3D printer specifically designed for the medical sector. With the joint launch of three new materials, it will be possible to produce ultra-realistic and functional vascular and cardiovascular models to be...


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Artificial Intelligence
Hacarus' main AI engine is built using Sparse Modeling, an AI method that understands data like a human.
AI that's understandable by human. (Credit: Hacarus)

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The Kyoto-based start-up Hacarus is on a mission to transform medicine with artificial intelligence. Founded in 2014, it is now a leading provider of lightweight tools that can help provide faster, safer treatment using data-driven AI insights.    Hacarus’ main AI engine is built using Sparse Modeling, an AI method that...


AI to treat skin ulcers. (Credit: Omnidermal)

The Italian artificial intelligence company Omnidermal Biomedics was formed in 2017 by three engineers with a shared vision of transforming healthcare. They combined their skills, expertise and experience to develop devices that support healthcare professionals in diagnosis and care with a particular focus on the...


Epilert for epilepsy detection. (Credit: Getty Images)

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The Tunisian startup Epilert is developing a wearable device for epilepsy detection using artificial intelligence.   The health aid monitors seizures based on a variety of physiological symptoms detected by a wrist bracelet. The data is then analyzed by doctors through the correspondent software. It is linked to an app...


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Medical Research
The novelty is that we use a totally natural micro-organism that’s absolutely safe and has all the characteristics required to provide an individualized response to each patient and each cancer.
Immunotherapy against cancer is in full development. (Credit: Fotolia)

French start-up Inovactis has developed a promising treatment for cancer with 100% survival in mice with very aggressive cancer. The mice were injected with modified yeast capable of activating the immune system both globally and with specific targets. This could be a new gateway to personalized immunotherapy for...


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The Decro non-invasive jacket for laboratory animals. (Credit: Etisense)

Etisense is a startup born in a research laboratory at the University of Grenoble. They just launched Decro, a non-invasive jacket equipped with sensors to perform cardiac and respiratory measurements on small laboratory animals. The objective: to adapt to increasing societal pressure for animal welfare but also to...


CONTRIBUTORS

Katherine Whelan

Katherine Whelan is a British journalist based in London. She has been health correspondent for The Times and has written for a variety of other national newspapers and magazines.


Abigail Saltmarsh

Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist with 25 years’ experience for national magazines (The New York Times, International Herald Tribune).


Dimitri Dubuisson

Journalist for 12 years, Dimitri Dubuisson is based in Brussels and covers mainly medical, health and social topics.


Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.


Celia Sampol

Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national media (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She’s the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.

 

 


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