In a global market worth almost €200 billion a year, the medical devices and in vitro diagnostics sector is particularly innovative in France. Thanks to an extensive fabric of over a thousand companies employing almost 65,000 people with expertise encompassing medicine, mechanics, material physics and digital technologies, the French market is estimated to be worth €15 billion and is adding to the sector’s value, with around 700 new patent applications filed every year. The sector’s industrial fabric mainly consists of SMEs, and even microbusinesses, as well as a few large groups, but almost 74% of these organizations have an R&D and/or production business.
French manufacturers are often positioned in high-tech niches, including software used in telemedicine and e-health. While France enjoys an international reputation for high-quality medicine, its industrial, scientific and medical expertise is also behind numerous technological breakthroughs: implants, minimally invasive surgical systems, in vitro diagnostics, imaging and cardiology (artificial heart).
Innovation as a growth driver is the healthcare sector’s answer to the profound changes it is navigating. R&D invents brand new solutions that meet the need to deliver performance and security for patients and doctors alike. Medical robotics is making technical medical interventions easier. French companies are at the leading edge of these technologies, helping achieve the impossible. Committed to sustainable development, French-made products and services are a source of constant innovation, generating dozens of patent applications every year.
Six French companies, particularly at the cutting edge of technology, will be in the spotlight in the Innovation area in Hall 17 (17A40A 0 17A40E and 17C24F):
AXILUM ROBOTICS presents the world’s first and only robot designed for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Its non-invasive neurostimulation technique offers therapeutic applications for psychiatric and neurological illnesses, severe depression, chronic neuropathic pain and stroke after-effects that are resistant to drug therapies.
TMS could change the lives of millions of people living with chronic pain. It can considerably lessen drug-resistant symptoms by acting on the relevant parts of the brain. These robotic solutions, marketed since 2014, are sold or leased with maintenance contracts.
MDOLORIS MEDICAL SYSTEM (17C24F) is the first global player to be able to provide hospital practitioners with non-invasive systems for continuously monitoring pain. Of the three components of anesthesia, analgesia is the last parameter not to have previously been measured objectively. For the very first time, this monitoring solution allows clinicians to objectively measure the pain felt by patients, enabling them to administer personalized quantities of painkiller to both conscious and unconscious patients.
MIRAVAS is exhibiting VBOX®, the first medical device for treating varicose veins with water vapor, usable in the operating room. Its mechanism of action, similar to that of other endothermic techniques (lasers, radiofrequencies, water vapor), i.e. emission of heat into the vein, causes collagen fibers in the vein wall that are obstructing the vein to retract. VBOX® delivers its steam treatment by heating the body of sterile water contained in its handpiece so that its temperature rises and it turns to steam. This heating process also raises the pressure in the handpiece up to saturation vapor pressure, allowing water vapor to be ejected into the vein through a catheter or needle.
Veinous disease affects millions of people, half of whom report having varicose veins. The human and economic stakes in terms of public health are therefore considerable. Europe’s various health insurance systems encourage the adoption of new minimally invasive techniques and the development of outpatient surgery to maximize patient comfort while controlling healthcare expenditure. VBOX® is a competitively priced and medically congruent device that makes it possible to treat the full spectrum of venous disease in the doctor’s office. EC certification ensures that it is available to angiologists and vascular surgeons in Europe.
PHYSIO-ASSIST specializes in medical devices aimed at patients with obstructive respiratory pathologies. Its Simeox® range offers healthcare professionals access to breakthrough technology in bronchial decongestion and meets the primary needs of patients with cystic fibrosis or chronic bronchitis: independent, effective and less stressful decongestion. Its thixotropic property fluidifies mucus and creates turbulence by stimulating the tracheo-bronchial air at a characteristic frequency and power, leading to bronchial drainage. This medical device, whose performance has been demonstrated in a clinical tolerance trial, improves the medical service delivered. It enables patients to carry out effective bronchial clearance while considerably limiting treatment costs. The Simeox® medical device and its consumables are now EC-labelled so that they can be marketed to physiotherapists via distributors for European markets, and in all countries that have in place an agreement with EC regulations.
It comes with a connected touch interface and a travel pouch with space for storing consumables and the remote control.
ROBOSOFT SERVICES ROBOTS presents Kompaï, the connected assistant for caregivers that helps frail people live independently at home or in institutions. This robot improves people’s physical independence, helps them feel safe, especially in the event of a fall, monitors health to improve prevention, provides cognitive stimulus and facilitates day-to-day life by promoting social bonds through social connectivity. It also offers data processing capability.
THERAPIXEL is revolutionizing surgery through touchless visual recognition with Fluid, a medical image navigation system designed for the operating room. Operated entirely by gesture-based commands, it offers efficient access to patients’ radiological files in sterile conditions. Without touching anything! Fluid is compatible with all PACS on the market, with which it simply integrates as a workstation. The operating room diary is used to preload examinations in advance. Patients are loaded by selecting them from the daily operating list. Fluid gives access to all patient images, both pre- and interoperative, regardless of how they were generated.
A total of 218 French companies will be exhibiting at the group pavilion run by Business France – the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy – at the global healthcare exhibition on November 14-17, 2016 in Dusseldorf. A steadily growing number of businesses representing the whole sector will be on show over an area of 2,179 square meters spread across eight halls.