Monday, June 30, 2014

MedTech at the 2014 World Cup

        On June 12, Brazil and Croatia match launched the beginning of the 2014 World Cup. At the opening ceremony, however, the healthcare industry was cheering for something else besides football. The first kick was given by a paralysed teenager. This remarkable feat was possible thanks to an exo-skeleton controlled by the teenager’s brain.
  "The Walk Again Project is headed by Duke University's Center for Neuroengineering in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich and a number of other universities and research groups worldwide. Together they are designing the exo-skeleton and a 3D printed helmet that contains a series of electrodes capable of capturing brain waves. This brain activity will then initiate the suit's movements.”
   During this year of 2014, medtech breakthroughs have been more connected to sport events. Aired at the 2014 Super Bowl, Microsoft commercial shows how technology in general, and medical technology specifically, has improved the lives of countless people around the world. Another amazing video of Duracell, an American football player tells the story of how, despite being deaf, he managed to become a professional NFL player.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Reconsider Outsourcing Strategies in China

In the last couple of decades, China has attracted manufacturers from all over the world because of low labor costs and excellent export infrastructure. By outsourcing their production, China was a way to cut costs when producing big quantities. The medical device sector was no different than that.
However, this trend may be about to change. Chinese wages and the value of Chinese currency are rising. The government mandate to raise the minimum wage, so it could bring labor cost increases of 15–20% per year in Chinese factories. Meanwhile, freight and other costs associated with offshore manufacturing are continuing to rise. There are other risks when outsourcing in China, such as intellectual property protection and quality control.
So manufacturers are rethinking their strategies of outsourcing in China. Some US-based are returning their production back to the United States. This is particularly good when the product is meant for the American market. This reduces shipping costs and challenges, gives OEMs a higher quality control and allows them to take advantages of improving efficiencies in U.S.-based manufacturing.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hospitalar 2014: Brazilian Healthcare Fair

This year edition of Hospitalar, International Fair of Products, Equipment, Services and Technology for Hospitals, Laboratories, Pharmacies and Clinics, took place in Sao Paulo between May 20-23.
As an effort to reverse the healthcare sector trade deficit, Brazilian Health Devices (ABIMO’s project, developed in partnership with Apex-Brasil) organized an international business round at Hospitalar 2014. It reached US$ 1 million in sales and it is expected US$ 13 million for the next 12 months. The business round aimed to promote Brazilian exports, connecting Brazilian and foreign companies.
During the fair, there were purchasers from 18 countries, including interesting markets for the Brazilian industry: South Africa, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Kenya, Russia, Turkey and Tunisia.