by Gus Iversen
, Editor in Chief | August 13, 2021
From the August 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
Medical device stakeholders who are active in the Latin and North American market need no introduction when it comes to the annual FIME conference. It’s an opportunity to forge new partnerships, catch up with old friends and get your finger on the pulse of the market.
In anticipation of the upcoming event, HealthCare Business News spoke to exhibition director at Informa Markets, Gil Alejo, to find out what attendees could expect from this year’s meeting, taking place September 1-3.
HCB News: Why are North and Latin America important markets for medical device manufacturers?
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LATAM has been an attractive area with several emerging markets, and there have been regulatory issues in some areas to be able to get product in these countries, especially when it comes to innovation and technology. LATAM also has one of the oldest aging populations and is facing an increasing obesity epidemic, driving demand for medical devices and equipment to counter these issues. In regard to the U.S., it is the largest medical device market in the world and is expected to increase from $186.5 billion to $262.4 billion by 2028.
HCB News: A lot of people have not travelled since before the pandemic. What is FIME doing to ensure the safety and comfort of attendees?
FIME will be adhering to the local mandates and guidelines followed in the City of Miami Beach and the United States. Masks will be recommended for all and required for anyone who has not been vaccinated. We are encouraging social distancing and will have signage and hand sanitizers available throughout the venue for our attendees to use and follow.
HCB News: Will there be a virtual option for people unable to travel to Florida?
Yes, there will be! Easy to use tools will be available for those that are unable to join us for the Live event, to participate and take part from the comfort of their home or office. From August 2 to October 1, our attendees and exhibitors will be able to join us Online for networking opportunities and for educational sessions available exclusively for FIME. Those that are participating in the live show in Miami can also join us for the online event.
HCB News: What kind of issues do you expect will dominate conversations at this year's meeting?
One of the biggest challenges our audience has expressed to us this year is the inability to find suppliers and gain access to quality products, due to the pandemic and travel restrictions around the world. We are looking forward to helping bridge that access gap by connecting these groups of players through FIME 2021 Live and Online.