Medical Technology Experts Convene for the 2nd Annual Asia Pacific MedTech Forum

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This Year’s Theme: Creating New Partnerships In Healthcare

Plenary Discussion Global Leadership Dialogue- The Evolving Role of Asia Pacific on the Global Stage Credit: Biotechin.Asia
Plenary Discussion Global Leadership Dialogue- The Evolving Role of Asia Pacific on the Global Stage Credit: Biotechin.Asia

The Asia Pacific MedTech Forum, the leading gathering of medical technology professionals, government leaders, regulatory experts, healthcare practitioners and researchers in Asia Pacific, started today in Singapore with the theme Creating New Partnerships in Healthcare.

Hosted by the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), the two-day conference will explore how multi-stakeholder collaboration across the healthcare sector can address challenges in upgrading the region’s regulatory systems, accelerating the pace of medical education, and ensuring patient access to new life-saving and life-changing innovations.

Medical devices and diagnostics allow people to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. “Over the past 30 years, medical advancements have helped extend life expectancies in both developed and developing countries across the globe. These innovations also yield savings across the healthcare system by replacing more expensive procedures, reducing hospital stays and allowing people to return to work more quickly,” said Fredrik Nyberg, Chief Executive Officer, APACMed.

“Beyond innovation, meaningful and inclusive collaboration is key to creating sustainable partnerships. Although great progress has been made in global health over the last three decades, progress is not uniform. According to the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery 2030 Report, an overwhelming five billion people across the world lack access to surgery and anaesthesia care,” Nyberg added.

Professor Russell L. Gruen, Vice-Dean (Research) & Professor of Surgery, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (NTU) Credit: Biotechin.Asia
Professor Russell L. Gruen, Vice-Dean (Research) & Professor of Surgery, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (NTU) speaking in the Global Surgery 2030 plenary session Credit: Biotechin.Asia

And true to that, the Global Surgery 2030 plenary session and panel discussion at the MedTech Forum focussed on the critical role that the medical technology industry can play in addressing this challenge. The panel discussion included key stakeholders such as Prof Russell L Gruen, Vice-Dean (Research) & Professor of Surgery, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (NTU); Dr William Magee, CEO and Co-founder of Operation Smile.

“This year’s MedTech Forum is another incredible milestone for APACMed. It continues to mark our commitment as medical technology professionals to come together and address the region’s most pressing healthcare challenges. As an industry of companies, including local SMEs and large multinationals, the MedTech Forum provides an opportunity to look beyond our separate expertise and cultivate strategic partnerships that can improve healthcare systems in Asia Pacific for the lives of our patients,” said Vladimir Makatsaria, Chairman, APACMed.

Dr William P Magee, CEO and Co-Founder, Operation Smile Credit: Biotechin.Asia
Dr William P Magee, CEO and Co-Founder, Operation Smile speaking on the impact of Operation Smile in developing standards of surgical care in Vietnam. Credit: Biotechin.Asia

Other plenary and breakout sessions will address topics around regulatory harmonisation and convergence, digital and mobile health, medical education, universal healthcare and a series of patient testimonials.

Day 2 of the forum on November 9th will see some interesting plenary discussions on topics such as Impact of Innovation on Patient Choices; Medical Education & Capacity Building in Asia- What can the Industry do to Accelerate Change? and a Consensus statement on the Future of Medical Device Registries across Asia-Pacific and Middle East-North Africa.