Medical Technology UK is set to make its debut at the Ricoh Arena from 16-17 March 2022.
Medical Technology UK organisers said the event will be unique in that it will focus solely on the needs of the UK medical device manufacturing community.
The event is the brainchild of Colin Martin and Jason Moss (pictured), co-founders of MedTech Media Ltd, which was created during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Martin and Moss have experience in running events in the medical technology sector in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Helen Lawrence also joins the team and brings years of marketing expertise in the sector.
The new UK event will be the sister show to the Medical Technology Ireland, now in its fourth year at Galway Racecourse from 22-23 September.
Medical Technology UK will comprise an exhibition that will feature specialists from all tiers of the medical device manufacturing supply chain. There will also be various learning programmes for medical device manufacturers.
In addition, the Women in MedTech Forum will make its debut in the UK having also been held at Galway Racecourse.
Martin (left), said: “Creating a new company and launching it during an unprecedented global pandemic was not for the faint hearted. However, we did our due diligence in researching the market and found tremendous support for the model we proposed.”
Moss said: “The success of the sister show in Galway (Medical Technology Ireland) particularly in terms of its format, standardised booth size and content delivery – was something that we felt would translate very well to the UK market, especially post-Brexit.”
Organisers said Medical Technology UK is already over half-way sold, with Martin adding: “Jason and I are very pleased with our reception in the medical device marketplace. To date a total of 70 of the 131 booths are now already contracted. The event uptake exceeded our expectations thus far and clearly demonstrates the demand for a highly focussed show of this kind.”
Organisers of the event will be partnering with Moore Medtech Ltd, a company that helps businesses create Covid-19 recovery plans for safer, cleaner working environments.
Martin said: “We can respond quickly and decisively if we need to employ methods to ensure the safety of all stakeholders in a successful event. Measures in place include pre-testing of all visitors, exhibitors and contractors as well as the use of FAR UV lighting and Anti Viral ‘fogging’ in order to keep common areas safe.”
The event is being launched with support from Medical Engineers, a UK specialist medical engineering placement and recruitment agency covering the key areas of manufacturing design and R&D, as well as regulatory, quality and executive management.
The event will also receive support from the GTMA, a UK-based trade association that has been providing engineering supply chain solutions for several years in the UK but increasingly so now in the medical device and wider healthcare manufacturing sectors. Its associated Reshoring UK initiative is also helping to bring more medical device manufacturing back to the UK.
Martin said: “It is critical to have strong, strategic partnerships in place and we are delighted to have that with Medical Engineers, the GTMA, Reshoring UK and Healthcare Engineering Facilitator. We are all working in the same arena where medical device manufacturers and their suppliers need one another. They are a perfect fit and together we will deliver a dynamic, stimulating environment where business will be done.”