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By MEDLAB Magazine Staff
With over 120 exhibitors on 2000 sq m of floor space and five conference tracks, the launch edition of MEDLAB Europe marks its debut on 13th September 2017 at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain. Held over a three-day period and in line with Informa Life Science’s philosophy of ‘Exhibition with Education’, MEDLAB Europe caters to the growing demand for laboratory products, services and the latest laboratory medicine advances in the European region.
As an innovative medical laboratory exhibition and congress, MEDLAB Europe will provide an opportunity to learn about advances in science and their applications in laboratory medicine that will improve practice through improving patient outcomes. This launch edition will also offer integral opportunities for the industry to showcase the latest lab management and diagnostics technologies to a worldwide audience, to advance their skills and improve lab services in today’s highly competitive market.
Following 15 years of success in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and now including MEDLAB Americas and MEDLAB Europe, the MEDLAB exhibition and congress is a proven success on an international scale. With year-on-year growth, the MEDLAB series of events covers all areas of laboratory management and diagnostics and provides a unique platform for the industry’s multi-level professionals to meet under one roof.
According to a report by MedTech Europe, the European trade association representing the medical technology industries, “The European medical laboratory industry is worth €11 billion. Driven by research and development, 95% of the industry is comprised of small and medium size enterprises and approximately €1 billion per year is reinvested”.
As a market, Europe’s medtech sector has been growing on average by 4% a year over the past six years, it adds.
With the European medical laboratory market expected to reach USD 15.5 billion by 2024, a platform such as MEDLAB presents a huge opportunity for global laboratory industry leaders, including manufacturers, dealers and distributors, to make inroads into the European market.
According to Tom Coleman, Group Exhibition Director, MEDLAB Series: “The launch of MEDLAB Europe is in line with our global expansion strategy for our MEDLAB series of events. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, rising geriatric population coupled with the rising awareness towards early diagnosis, has positioned the European medical laboratory market as a critical market for manufacturers, services providers, and dealers and distributers from across the globe. MEDLAB Europe will generate substantial value for our customers and partners by driving further product innovation and deeper engagement in these specific markets.”
MEDLAB Europe is a highly focused medical laboratory business platform that is designed to provide an exceptional combination of networking and corporate branding opportunities and is the perfect opportunity for manufacturers and service providers to boost their company profile among the influential leaders and decision-makers in the medical laboratory industry.
The exhibition enables exhibitors to present their products and services to more than 3,000 industry professionals from across the entire medical laboratory spectrum, allowing them to maximise their business engagement opportunities over three days, under one roof.
It will give visitors from across the world an opportunity to access cutting-edge laboratory products, next-generation technology, innovative services and world-class educational content. MEDLAB Europe attracts a wide range of visitors including dealers and distributors, medical laboratory end-users, medical manufacturers, general practitioners, hospital doctors, hospital managers, hospital nursing staff, hospital technical managers, laboratory managers, physiotherapists, medical assistants, and many more.
The MEDLAB Europe Conferences will host five multi-disciplinary CME accredited conference tracks that offer unparalleled education and management solutions to help advance laboratory skills and improve laboratory services in today's competitive market.
From new methods of effective lab management to the development of techniques in detecting diseases, these conferences will cover an extensive range of topics guaranteed to educate and enlighten all.
As well as the latest in clinical diagnostics developments, the conferences will also review the expanding role of the laboratory medicine and discuss partnership between a clinician and a lab professional in providing delivery of care to every patient. Laboratory professionals will gain holistic knowledge on how to streamline working practices to reduce costs, maximise the quality and quantity of lab tests, and successfully comply with the most recent regulatory challenges in the field of laboratory medicine and diagnostics.
The 2017 programme includes the following conferences:
Point of Care Testing (POCT)
Wednesday, 13th September
Greater health awareness, and the growing prevalence of lifestyle illnesses are driving new interest in point-of-care testing (POCT) and diagnosis. The development of accurate POC testing and its impact on new disease areas and disease management presents many challenges for healthcare providers. Regulatory aspects, validation and clinical applications must be considered when discussing the integration of POC. Academic and industry leaders will discuss these issues on the applications and success rate of POC testing platforms and disease management.
Wednesday, 13th September
Deeper understanding of cell biology using molecular tools and genomic data is radically changing the face of medical science. New classifications, profiling of individuals and diseases, drugs and personalised medicine are good components of this new paradigm. Pathology is the discipline that is at the centre of it all. This conference will discuss histopathological considerations and approaches in tissue handling and specimen preparation for the classification of tumours and will also review technical faults in the lab.
Thursday, 14th September
Achieving, maintaining and improving accuracy, timeliness and reliability are major challenges for medical laboratories. In addition to this, the trend towards the formation of large laboratory networks and mobile health practices proposes a whole new set of obstacles to overcome for successful management of the laboratory. This conference will discuss the most recent challenges and practical solutions on laboratory quality management systems for all stakeholders in health laboratory processes, from management to administration and laboratorians.
Friday, 15th September
This track will focus on the most current research related to the laboratory diagnosis of human infections, role of the laboratory in both the management of infectious diseases and epidemiology of infections. It will discuss the current state of knowledge in the field, as well perspectives on controversial issues. Other key topics addressed here will include Rapid Next Generation Sequencing for typing of MDR Gram Negative Bacteria and Next generation Mycobacteriology.
Friday, 15th September
There have been several new developments in the field of haematology and oncology to manage the increase in the number of patients with blood disorders. This requires the need for educational sessions for healthcare providers involved in management of haematologic malignancies and solid tumours. This programme will feature scientific and practical issues in haematopathology and discuss development on standards, guidelines and recommendations for the haematology laboratory to address everyday quality challenges in the lab.