MEDICAL FESTIVAL ASIA, a 10-day online event for the medical and healthcare sector, will debut from December 9 – 18, 2020. Jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia and GlobalHealth Asia-Pacific (GHAPAC), the event will consist of four components: MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2020 Digital Edition (a trade marketplace with an online exhibition), a conference, an award ceremony recognizing the best healthcare companies as well as seminars and technical presentations.  

To be held biennially in Singapore, Medical Festival Asia will offer the region’s industry and medical professionals a platform to connect and share knowledge. 

Expanding Beyond a Sourcing Platform

Messe Düsseldorf Asia — the organizer of MEDICAL FAIR ASIA, which recently announced the trade fair move to a digital edition for 2020 — has been planning the concept of a festival for some time. With the launch of Medical Festival Asia, the organizer will expand the profile of the exhibition beyond a sourcing platform, a media release from Messe Düsseldorf North America notes.

“The trade fair component represents our international expertise in organizing exhibitions within the global network of MEDICAlliance while Medical Festival Asia communicates the leading role of our trade fair portfolio and 23-year history creating a marketplace for the healthcare and medical sectors in this region.”

— Daphne Yeo, Senior Project Manager for MEDICAL FAIR ASIA at Messe Düsseldorf Asia

For GHAPAC, a leading healthcare and medical tourism platform, Medical Festival Asia will pave the way for more global and cross-industry collaborations.

“The Asia-Pacific region has experienced an increase in demand for healthcare services, with the population and economic dynamics spurring incredible levels of activity. Medical Festival Asia will support this growth and bring the industry together under one-roof.” 

— Varun Panjwani, CEO of GHAPAC

“MEDICAL FAIR ASIA is a key highlight in Singapore’s business events calendar. As our MICE industry weathers current challenges, Messe Düsseldorf Asia and GHAPAC’s initiative to launch an umbrella event such as Medical Festival Asia demonstrates both innovation and adaptability. 

“As a preferred destination for MICE events, Singapore remains focused on helping the MICE sector innovate and meet evolving customer needs in order to emerge stronger from COVID-19. We look forward to supporting Medical Festival Asia and are confident that the event will be a success.”

— Andrew Phua, Executive Director, Exhibitions and Conferences of the Singapore Tourism Board

4 Key Pillars of Event

The four key pillars of Medical Festival Asia:

  • Trade Show

MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2020 Digital Edition will present some 300 exhibitors showcasing products, services and innovation for the medical and healthcare industry, focusing on hospital, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, medical & rehabilitation equipment, and supplies. 

  • Conference 

The GlobalHealth Asia-Pacific Healthcare and Medical Tourism Summit will address  topics such as Business of Healthcare, Digital Transformation & Healthcare Innovation

Speakers will include: 

  • Alex Boulden, Partner at Bain & Company
  • Dr Timothy Low, Board of Directors, Farrer Park Hospital
  • Dr Ravi Bickram Shrestha, General Manager & Senior Director at Global Healthcare IT at Canon Medical Systems Corporation
  • Dr Prem Pillay, Director of Spine and Pain Services at Neuro Spine and Pain Center 
  • Michael Lints, Partner at Golden Gate Ventures
  • Representatives  from Joint Commission International
  • Healthcare Awards 

The GlobalHealth Asia-Pacific Specialty Awards will recognize leading healthcare clinics and medical centers as well as medical aesthetic and wellness providers. 

Jury members on the GlobalHealth Asia-Pacific’s panel will include:

  • Dr Timothy Low, Board of Directors, Farrer Park Hospital
  • Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, President, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia
  • Arifin Ng, Sr. Vice President at Singapore Medical Group and Managing Director at Lifescan Imaging & Lifescan Medical Centre
  • Elayne Soh, CEO at Beyond Medical Group, Singapore. 
  • Knowledge-exchange 

A series of interdisciplinary seminars and technical presentations complementing the trade fair will present healthcare and medical trends:

  • Virtual WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2020 Asia
  • Exhibitor Technical Presentations
  • START-UP PODIUM – a series of talks and panel discussions with topics such as improvising healthcare during and after the pandemic, opportunities in augmented reality and virtual reality.

[Source: Messe Düsseldorf North America]

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