Medlab Middle East opens tomorrow in Dubai, addressing the future of laboratory medicine

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2nd February 2020: Over 25,800 medical laboratory industry professionals and 600 exhibitors from 35 countries will meet in Dubai tomorrow (Monday 3rd February) for Medlab Middle East, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region’s largest medical laboratory exhibition and congress, which takes place from 3-6 February 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

According to research by Wise Guy Research Consultants, the value of the Middle East & Africa (MEA) clinical services market will reach over US$14 billion by 2023 with technological advances one of the key drivers pushing market growth. Medlab Middle East has a central show theme of Transforming tomorrow’s diagnostics, underscoring the role of innovative technological advances in the development of laboratory medicine in the region.

Last year, Medlab Middle East witnessed a 6% year-on-year (YoY) increase of attendees, with more than US$329 million worth of business done following the 2019 edition of the show. With laboratory services in the MEA region expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% until 2023, expectations for the 2020 edition of the show are high with both the value of business and the number of attendees anticipated to increase.

The four-day show which is organised by Informa Markets, will host the inaugural Transformation Hub, a dedicated zone showcasing advanced clinical laboratory products by the SMEs and new-to-market pioneers that are transforming diagnostics and advancing healthcare.

Tom Coleman, Group Exhibition Director, Informa Markets Healthcare, said: “This new experience will identify technology trends & products, address key questions and provide solutions to implementing advanced technology in the laboratory setting. Our show theme of Transforming tomorrow’s diagnostics is designed to bring business executives and healthcare professionals together to explore innovative actions in transforming diagnostic services to deliver quality and rapid tests.”

The zone will also feature the Transformation Talks sessions where manufacturers will introduce new launches and in-demand solutions. Some of the key areas that will be highlighted at the Transformation Hub include automation, healthcare information technology (HIT) and laboratory measurement testing and technology.

In addition to the Transformation Hub, Medlab Middle East will also host a series of free-to-attend workshops, hosted by the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) and Bio-Rad, where a hands-on approach to learning and knowledge-sharing on new product offerings, technology and best practice will take place. Workshops include Transfusion and blood typing challenges; Laboratory quality management system, the best of CLSI; and Laboratory accreditation, CAP updates, which take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of February, respectively.

The show’s inaugural Blood Donation Drive, in partnership with Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA), will also take place as part of - the show’s commitment to the safe and effective blood collection in the region. The mobile blood donation clinic will be situated in front of Za’abeel Halls 4 – 6 for the duration of the event and accepting donations from all UAE residents.

Medlab Middle East also offers an educational agenda for clinical laboratory specialists to advance their skill sets, inspire and to provide advanced medical laboratory techniques for better health is provided. More than 4,500 conference delegates will have the opportunity to hear from 120 speakers from around the world, across 12 Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited conferences.

The 2020 edition of the show will see the introduction of four new conference tracks including Blood Transfusion Medicine, Laboratory Innovation, Digital Pathology and the Roundtable Discussions, which will feature focused scientific group discussions on selected administration and technical topics in the medical laboratory.

Rejoy Penacerrada, Conference Director, Medlab Middle East, said: “As the world’s largest CME accredited multi-disciplinary congress on laboratory medicine, we are working closely with Cleveland Clinic and our supporting associations, which include Emirates Nursing Association, Saudi Society for Clinical Chemistry, the International Society for Blood Transfusion, College of American Pathologists and the Saudi Society for Clinical Laboratory Services, to connect directly with the international clinical lab community to provide expert commentary and increasing the levels of care for patients in the region.”

Medlab Middle East is officially supported by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, Government of Dubai, Dubai Health Authority, Abu Dhabi Department of Health and Dubai Healthcare City Authority.