• by Bruce Carlson
  • November 12 2018
  • IVD


7 Things We're Excited About at MEDICA 2018

7 Things We're Excited About at MEDICA 2018

The MEDICA 2018 Trade Fair begins in Dusseldorf, Germany and we note several developments to watch at the meeting.   Healthcare professionals from all corners of the globe are converging in Düsseldorf, Germany, this week to attend the meeting, the world's largest medical trade fair with 5,000 exhibitors from 70 countries.   The meeting differs from other tradeshows in that it covers all of medicine – each part of the workflow of patient treatment (medical practice, labs, medical devices, information technology, physical therapy) gets its due, and companies that manufacture materials and finished products for other concerns are also featured. 

Kalorama Information is the publisher of such titles as The Worldwide Market for In Vitro Diagnostics, 11th Edition, and The Global Market for Medical Devices, 8th Edition.  The firm will be noting and commenting on events throughout the meeting.   Already of interest are several proposed announcements, new products and displays: 

  • EKF Launches Sports Medicine Diagnostic - Cardiff, UK-based EKF will display their “Lactate Scout 4,” a hand-held lactate analyzer for fast and accurate sports performance monitoring. The system is designed for use in the field as a training companion for individuals or sports team.  Measuring lactate is an indicator of overexhaustion and fat catabolism and can help to determine optimum training programs for high-performance athletes.
  • Preventing Falls with Diagnostics?  Up to 22 percent of male and 36 percent of female population at least sporadically complain about dizziness and vertigo issues.  Among the age group 80 plus, vertigo is the number one impairment.  Thus,   MediTECH Electronic GmBH's Medibalance Pro Test should generate interest as the test is to be exhibited at MEDICA 2018.  Medibalance offers three primary systems for staying in balance the vestibular, the visual and the somato-sensorical system. Patients who undergo a 4- or up to 12-step test protocol can be evaluated professionally for balance skills.
  • Complete FDA-Approved Robot Exoskeleton - Richmond, CA-based Ekso Robotics will be demonstrating the EksoGT Robot Exoskeleton. The system is the first commercial robot exoskeleton to be approved for use by the FDA in cases of paralysis of one side of the body; usually caused by a stroke-induced brain lesion.
  • “Virtual Twin” Technology for Hospital Care – Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research have developed a software tool that supports physicians in creating suitable matches for patients with certain conditions, so that doctors can find correlations and develop better strategies for treatment.  The Hand@Hand visual software “knows” the hospital and knows the layout and instrument inventory of the hospital and can make suggestions.  This can help direct resources to the right place, for example, a mobile X-ray machine that might be needed for two or more patients.
  • Nanotherapy for Kidney Failure - Dialysis is the gold standard in kidney treatment, but it leads to uncomfortable lifestyles, uses a large volume of water and takes a long period of time to treat patients. In MEDICA’s related tradeshow  COMPAMED, also in Dusseldorf, information on Mxene, an atom-thin material that could solve these problems will be featured.  The research behind the concept is from an international group of scientists, doctors and engineers, led by Drexel University's Yury Gogotsi, PhD, Distinguished University and Bach professor in Drexel's College of Engineering, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  In a paper recently published in ACS Nano, researchers from Drexel University, the University of California Los Angeles, Brighton University in England, Guangxi Medical University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, and Symbiosis International University in India, reported that "MXene materials could be a candidate for removing urea from blood in wearable artificial kidney applications. the nanometer-thin layers of Mxene can provide."
  • Fast, High-Quantity Lab-on-Chip Production - With the increasing importance of lab-on-chip technology, it's important to produce in high quantities and at rapid speeds. Scienion AG will demonstrate its technology for high-throughput manufacturing of tests, including their Roll-to-Roll (R2R) nanoimprinting technology.  Scenion AG is one of 11 partners of the project consortium.  The technology was the recipient of the Austrian Fast Forward Award 2018. 
  • Innovative Ear Infection Diagnostic - OtoNexus Medical will display their ultrasound MEMS transducer that can detect hard-to-diagnose middle-ear infections (Otitis Media) using a non-invasive technology. The capacitative micromachined ultrasound transducer (CUMT) system can determine if there is liquid or air in the ear and distinguish between diseases.   This is important not only for better outcome, but to reduce antibiotic prescription in unnecessary cases.