by Robert Garment
, Executive Editor | August 10, 2016
From the August 2016 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
HCB News: Now that Informa runs FIME, what will remain the same, and what changes will both exhibitors and attendees see this year?
FIME will be run by Informa’s Life Sciences Exhibitions Division, which operates 26 exhibitions and more than 100 conferences yearly, covering the African, Middle Eastern, European and Asian markets. The largest of these is the Arab Health Exhibition & Congress in Dubai, UAE, the second largest health care trade show in the world. Informa’s goal for FIME is to generate value for our customers and partners by driving further product innovation and deeper engagement in these specific markets, and sending a positive message on the strength of commercial opportunities within the medical device industry.
While FIME’s primary focus will remain across four specific industry sectors — medical technology, medical products and supplies, medical services and medical equipment — the new format of the show will offer attendees enhanced opportunities to discover the latest medical technology and cutting-edge devices from across the globe. With 38 participating countries, the international scope of the event enables visitors to source products and services from across all continents.
HCB News: What innovations from other Informa shows will be introduced at FIME 2016?
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Informa will introduce the Dealers & Distributors Wall to FIME — an area dedicated to facilitating business relationships between visitors and exhibitors. This concept proved very popular with visitors to our flagship show, Arab Health. Throughout our global trade show offerings, we know that our visitors have come to expect a truly international experience where they can source cutting-edge medical equipment and technology on a global level. By hosting 15 dedicated country pavilions, exhibitors at FIME 2016 will be represented on a truly international scale.
HCB News: We understand you’re enhancing the educational offerings — what subjects and topics will be presented?
FIME will now offer multi-speciality workshops and seminars in line with Informa’s motto of “Exhibition with Education,"providing an unrivalled knowledge-sharing and business networking platform for health care trade professionals. The free-to-attend industry workshops and seminars will feature renowned international speakers specializing in a variety of topics built to address current challenges and issues within the medical and health care industry worldwide.