Special Edition


Special Edition


The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

A Brand New Cyber-Body

Exoskeletons enabling patients with no feeling in their legs to walk the aisles. A connected hand prosthesis providing a new left hand to a patient who never had one. Wheelchairs turned into Segways, and more.

What is still known as rehabilitation may soon be called by a different name. It’s becoming a brand new medical field where fascinating new cyber-equipment could change patients’ lives completely.
What’s more, you’ll be able to hear from these very patients in this 13th issue of MedicalExpo e-magazine. The focus is on Rehacare, one of the most interesting of all trade shows, where demos are not performed by salespeople, but by real patients using the equipment.

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Severely paralyzed...no feeling in the legs...but walking!

Exoskeletons are on the way. Our video report will show you how today’s paralyzed patients are able to walk the aisles of a trade show. The technological achievement of putting on their feet people who can’t feel them, is reaching maturity, with companies like Ekso Bionics and ReWalk articulating clear...

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What if missing fingers or an entire hand were much less onerous for patients ?

Hand prostheses have made an impressive technological leap in recent years. Among the companies behind this revolution, Touch Bionics stands out as one of the pioneers.

We wanted to meet them at Rehacare to learn how their i-limbs connected prosthetic hands work. Instead, the meeting turned into a discussion with two users of these hands who demonstrated everything they could do with them.

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Courtesy of New York-Presbyterian Hospital


Based in metropolitan New York, the NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the United States most highly rated and biggest hospitals. Providing care for more than two million patients with a staff of nearly 29,000 healthcare professionals is a challenge that can be more readily met by embracing new technologies. The...

Courtesy of Cynteract

Cynteract is a new hand rehabilitation system relying on a wearable glove and virtual reality. When a patient puts on the glove, little motors inside it send...

Courtesy of Bestic

Bestic is an eating assistance device that enables patients with neurological disorders to eat autonomously. This 35-centimeter-high, 2.3 kilogram unit has a...

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  • Fully motorized wheelchairs have been available for quite some time now. However, they’ve been criticized for discouraging upper body use. As a consequence, add-ons for standard wheelchairs were all the rage at Rehacare, making it occasionally dangerous to walk the aisles due to fast-moving equipment, whether human- or motor-powered.

    We interviewed Mark Richter, CEO of MaxMobility, whose light, connected motorized add-ons were among the best examples in this category.


    Courtesy of Dot

    The Dot Watch is the first Braille smart watch for visually impaired people. The device gives blind users fast, mobile access to information. It is lighter...

    Courtesy of: Alexander Antaris, Stanford University

    Researchers at Stanford University have developed new fluorescent dyes that can help doctors see deeper inside the body and pinpoint for example tumor...

    A common way for deafblind people to communicate is the hand-touch alphabet, Lorm. Researchers from Berlin have developed the Mobile Lorm Glove. It is worn...

    Courtesy of Medifa

    The orthopedic device market constitutes about 11% of the global medical device market and is estimated at $38.634 billion in 2014, according to an IQ4I Research & Consultancy analysis. Factors such as the rising prevalence osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, an aging population, the demand for minimally invasive surgery, increasing incidence of sports injuries and accidents and the development of robotics will drive growth in the global orthopedic device market.

    The high cost of implants, increasing pricing pressure from buyers and payers, the medical device excise tax and product recalls due to manufacturing errors are some of the factors hampering market growth. Issues such as lack of availability of skilled surgeons and changes in reimbursement scenarios will significantly impact market expansion.

    Cost Effective Innovations

    In the orthopedic device market, new innovations are driving technological advancements that are result-oriented, yet cost effective. Innovations such as arthroscopy (a minimally invasive surgical procedure), computer-navigated and robot-assisted surgical procedures, 3D printing technology, nanotechnology and smart implants will have significant impacts on market growth.

    In anatomical terms, knee-related procedures are estimated to be the largest segment, with significant Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). In the consumables market, anchors are expected to show the highest growth rate during the forecast period.

    External Fixation Segment Growing Fast

    The trauma fixation device market is segmented into internal and external sectors. The internal segment accounted for the greatest revenue in 2014 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2%. These devices include metal plates, pins, rods, wires and screws. However, the external fixation segment is projected to emerge more quickly, growing at a strong CAGR. Such devices include Schanz pins, connecting rods and clamps.

    The orthopedic device applications market is segmented into total knee replacement, total hip replacement, total shoulder replacement, arthroscopic surgery, spine surgery, ankle replacement and other surgeries. The total knee replacement segment accounted for the highest revenue in 2014 and is expected to show the strongest CAGR during the forecast period, followed by total hip replacement and spine surgery.

    Asia-Pacific the Fastest Growing

    North America held the largest share of the global market in 2014. Asia-Pacific is projected to be the fastest growing region with the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

    The key players in this market include Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Aesculap, DePuy Synthes, DJO Global, Stryker Corporation, Medtronic, Smith & Nephe, Globus Medical, NuVasive, Integra LifeSciences Corporation, AAP Implantate, Exactech, Orthofix Holdings and Wright Medical Technology.

    New technology-driven companies such as Arthrocare, Orthropro, VertiFlex, Omnilife Sciences, Orthosensor, MedShape, ArCAM AB, ConfirMIS, Schwartz Biomedical, Soft Tissue Regeneration, Surgacoll Technologies, Theken Disc, Nanovis Spine, LLC and RTI Surgical have created niche markets in their areas of expertise and are accelerating innovations along with established players.


    Celia Sampol

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

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    Ludovic Nachury

    Ludovic Nachury has been innovation enthusiast for more than 10 years.

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    Nishita Chandra

    Nishita Chandra is a research associate at IQ4I Research and Consultancy pvt, Ltd.

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    Kristina Müller

    Kristina Müller is a freelance journalist writing mainly about nautical and medical issues.

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    Jane MacDougall

    Jane MacDougall is a freelance medical writer and journalist based near Paris.

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