Latest in medical technology expected to draw thousands to Florida International Medical Expo


Exhibitor showing off new technology during a previous Florida International Medical Expo.   Photo courtesy of Florida International Medical Expo

The latest in medical technology is only part of what awaits the thousands of visitors expected at next month's 29th annual Florida International Medical Expo (FIME) in Miami Beach, the exhibition's manager said in an interview Thursday with the Florida Business Daily.

The expo June 26-28 at the Miami Beach Convention Center will attract attendees from around the world, FIME Exhibition Manager Gil Alejo said in the interview.

"At Florida International Medical Expo, not only do attendees learn about new medical technology, they also participate in conferences that explore important health care industry issues such as supply chain management, health care innovation, medical device trade, and clinical issues," Alejo said. "Many from Latin America also attend the show to source used medical equipment. We provide a platform for industry professionals to learn, connect and trade."

The diverse topics and networking opportunities is part of what makes the expo so attractive and why the event continues to grow, Alejo said.

"FIME strives to continue excelling in facilitating partnerships between key organizations and invites influential trade  decision makers from across North, South, Central America and the Caribbean, who offer valuable insights related to the  region’s health care and medical laboratory market," Alejo said. "Also, as we grow the show, we are looking for meaningful ways to give back. This year, for the first time, we are partnering  with nonprofit group All for Venezuela to collect medicine and medical supplies at the show to assist in alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela."

One of the technologies expected to be on display during the expo will be NitEx, an in-home, handheld medical device manufactured by Sphinx Smarthead Technologies to exterminate lice, a real problem in South Florida this time of year, an expo press release said.

"Current treatments for head lice are a nightmare for parents and kids, and are ineffective on super lice which are growing in numbers," Sphinx Smarthead Technologies Co-Founder Yechiel Kurz said in the release. "NitEx is the easy, effective and natural way to instantly exterminate the lice and nits affecting 12 million children in the U.S. each year, and more than 50 million worldwide."

Another in-home medical device expected to be on display during the expo is LifeSense's Carin, a noninvasive wearable solution for urinary incontinence suffered by 1 in 3 women after childbirth or menopause.

Other devices expected to be displayed include the Realvision 3D three-dimensional medical monitors, SmartWard's wireless patient monitoring system and IntelliSense's auto-stop bone drill.

Florida International Medical Expo is considered the largest medical trade show in the Americas and this year is attracting South Florida exhibitors that include OrthoNow, Southeast Computer Solutions and Fujifilm Medical Systems.

"Florida International Medical Expo is the largest gathering of medical device, equipment manufacturers and distributors in the Americas," Alejo said in the Florida Business Daily interview.

The expo is returning to a familiar city this year.

"Last year’s show was held in Orlando and attracted more than 14,000 visitors," Alejo said. "Moving the show back to its original home in Miami Beach is expected to grow attendance. As the 'gateway to the Americas,' Miami continues to  serve the world’s health care business community due to its strategic geographic location and its fast airway connections to Latin America. Our exhibitors and visitors love Miami for its lively atmosphere, beautiful beaches, nightlife and dining  entertainment and world-class shopping options, so having the show in Miami Beach has a bigger appeal overall."

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