Medica 2015: what we learned

Medica 2015: what we learned

It’s over: the largest international trade fair in the health and medical field. Spark was there in Düsseldorf too. We look back on the event where we showed many of our innovations and were inspired by the latest possibilities. The Sparkers who were there give a glimpse into the future

December 8, 2015

What got our attention

The purpose of our visit to the Medica was primarily to get inspired and to get acquainted with new techniques. Maarten Timmer was there on behalf of Spark and reports: “This year it was really noticeable that there were a whole range of products presented that originate from a broad co-development between a number of small medical companies and developers.” Houdijn Beekhuis also saw interesting developments: “What I love about the Medica is that I always find enthusiastic exhibitors. They can talk for hours about their products. For example, about the 3D-lasering of tiny tubes so that they can be flexible. But also about metal stamping, MRI scanners and the production of ‘fake’ organs.”

Intuitive product use

One of the innovations that stood out at Medica is the Lucas 2: a heart massage system that can resuscitate a victim with minimal disruption. Maarten Timmer says: “This is the epitome of intuitive product use: the simplicity with which this chest compression system can be used on the patient and the corresponding design of the product are impressive.”

Some players already see the importance of this, others haven’t yet, but design is set to conquer the medical world even further. It’s a field in which every second can make the difference between life and death. For this reason, it’s crucial to have intuitive products that are self-explanatory and can’t be used incorrectly. Elaborating on this, Robert Barnhoorn gave a presentation at Medica on the importance of design. The Spark co-developed Mellon Switch serves as an example. Barnhoorn says: “We made a number of contacts with people who didn’t know that we were already so active in this field. Luckily, we were able to show them what we’re doing at Medica.”