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Press Releases 2007

Medical devices highlighted as key to future of UK economy by government advisory body
Medical devices have been selected as one of six new technology areas central to the UK's future prosperity in a report entitled "Strategic Decision-making for Technology Policy" published on 22 November by the Government's top advisory group on science and technology, the Council for Science and Technology (CST).

UK medical expertise on show at MEDICA 2007
More than 280 UK companies will descend on Germany this week to take part in MEDICA, the world’s largest international healthcare fair to be held in Dusseldorf, 14 – 17 November 2007.

Medical technology industry welcomes Darzi interim report
The ABHI welcomes Lord Darzi’s recognition of the reluctance of the NHS to adopt new technologies, and his announcement of the establishment of a new Health Innovation Council to address this problem.

Hospimedica 2007: Thai med-tech market hungry for British innovations
Nine UK companies will be attending the leading ASEAN healthcare exhibition Hospimedica Thailand. Supported by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) the UK small and medium sized companies (SMEs) will join medical technology companies from all continents at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from the 12th – 15th September.

European med-tech industry calls for the establishment of a network of national centres to boost innovation
The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI), together with Eucomed, the European Medical Technology Industry Association and other national associations, presents a case for the establishment of a network of National Medical Technology Innovation Centres (NMTICs) across Europe to the European Commission and national authorities.

“Department of Health must stop thinking of medical devices as commodities”, says ABHI Director General
In his keynote address to delegates at the ABHI Innovation Forum yesterday ABHI director general John Wilkinson warned that treating medical devices as commodities would result in a “vicious circle” of worsening patient care in the NHS.

ABHI welcomes EU decision on Advanced Therapies
On 31 May 2007 EU Health Ministers adopted the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP) Regulation, accepting the compromise package adopted on 25 April by the European Parliament.

ABHI welcomes Department of Health focus on technology
The Department of Health is currently celebrating the benefits new technological innovations have given to patients by holding a Hi Tech Healthcare Week from 21-27 May 2007.

Small medical technology companies seeing fall in revenues from weak UK market
A new survey of small to medium-sized businesses (SME) in the medical device sector has confirmed fears that UK sales are sluggish in comparison with their export activity.

UK med-tech companies seek out new markets in China
ABHI and UKTI are organising a UK pavilion at this year’s China Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF), the largest medical device exhibition in the Asia Pacific region, being held in Dalian from 10-13 April 2007.

HITF final report to help improve NHS uptake of medical devices: Government and industry highlight benefits of innovation in the NHS
The Government and the medical devices industry today publish their report Innovation for health: making a difference. It sets out plans for acceleration of the use of medical innovation more widely across the NHS for the benefit of patients. It also gives a clearer picture of what the medical device industry needs in order to grow and prosper.