World Medical Device Summit 2022

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World Medical Device Summit 2022

The “Why”

a) Situation

Public healthcare systems are under increasing pressure. The pandemic makes these problems even more evident.  

Medical and digital technologies are important elements to stabilize healthcare systems. Medical device regulations and burdensome approval processes impact not only the availability of these products but also threaten the innovative power and competitiveness of US and European medtech companies.

While the FDA has identified these problems and reacts by overhauling its regulatory system, Europe has not yet communicated similar activities. As regulations diverge, the regulatory burdens increase.

b) Questions

The World Medical Device Summit wants to contribute to effective and efficient regulatory and healthcare systems, by providing answers to essential questions such as:

  • What are the objective functions that regulatory and healthcare systems must optimize? How shall objectives be balanced such as patient safety, availability, affordability and effectiveness of patient care?
  • What are the levers and what is the process to shape regulatory and healthcare systems to deliver the specified outcomes?
  • Which products and innovations are needed to support healthcare? How to identify the blank areas on the product map?
  • How can we accelerate the process from invention to application of knowledge in routine care? 
  • How to accelerate the digital transformation of regulatory systems and regulatory affairs?

The “Who”

a) The participants

At the World Medical Device Summit a small inner circle (by invitation only) meets in person and/or virtually. 

These leading experts represent the different stakeholder groups:

  • Politics
  • Industry
  • Authorities and Notified Bodies
  • Healthcare providers
  • Science
  • Society

b) The opening address

Countess Bettina Bernadotte af Wisborg opens the first World Medical Device Summit and inaugurates the new conference area. She is Managing Director of Mainau Island and serves as president of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and member of the Board of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. 

c) The host

The World Medical Device Summit is hosted by the new university that is in the course for formation. The aim of the university is to support the mentioned stakeholder by contributing evidence to answer the above questions. The university also wants to serve as neutral platform.

Thereby it follows its mission: Leveraging science and technology for a better life – for everyone

The “How”

The World Medical Device Summit is not just another event. It is a continuous and iterative process of 

  • identifying problems
  • asking the relevant questions
  • providing input for the scientists
  • evaluating research results
  • translating these results into real world applications such as new devices, new blueprints for healthcare delivery, proposing improved regulations etc.

The World Medical Device Summit is like the entire university a non for profit initiative.

The “When”

The first World Medical Device Summit will take place on May 12, 2022.

The event starts at 2 pm Central European Summer Time. The official act ends at 6:30 pm and is followed by a special informal gathering with an open end.

The “Where”

The event will take place in Konstanz, Germany, directly at the Swiss border. Direct trains connect Konstanz very well with Zurich airport. Konstanz is also connected to the German and Swiss motorway. 

The venue is in Reichenaustr. 39. The modern (just finished) building and conference rooms have spectacular views on the lake of constance, the river Rhein and the entire panorama of Swiss alps. It provides a calm, protected and inspiring environment for productive and enjoyable work.

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