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COVID-19 Venue and Event Updates 

MEDICA 2022 and COMPAMED 2022 will be hosted at Messe Düsseldorf as hybrid events. MEDICA will take place alongside COMPAMED between the 14th and 17th of November 2022. The hybrid events will consist of a digital platform and a live exhibition. The live exhibition aspect will not feature COVID-19 prevention measures due to the lifting of the related national regulations in April 2022. Germany also lifted its travel limitations in June 2022. 


MEDICA is a leading annual trade show held at Messe Düsseldorf. It is among the medical industry and its related sector’s most important events. This is due to MEDICA serving as a central procurement and education platform. Additionally, the fair is one of the leading trend and innovation presentation stages. Furthermore, it serves as the gathering location for many of the industry’s sectors. Among the example segments that visits the fair is the medical technology industry. Dental medicine, ophthalmic optics, and sports medicine also attend the trade show. Additionally, the fair is one of the leading sources of recognition in the industry.

What is MEDICA's Business Profile?

MEDICA is among the central meeting and procurement platforms for the medical industry. As a result, it receives a diverse group of participants, including:

  • R&D specialists
  • Pharmaceutical specialists
  • Home health aides
  • Legislators
  • Optometricians
  • Ambulatory health service providers
  • OEMs
  • Hospital and technical managers
  • Radiologists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • WT manufacturers
  • Laboratory managers
  • Wholesale drug distributors
  • Emergency medical specialists 
  • Professional medical associations
  • Medical assistants
  • Medical industry service providers
  • Oncologists
  • Science and research experts
  • Nursing home staff
  • Medical specialised traders
  • Health service providers
  • Universities, colleges, 
  • Vocational rehabilitators
  • Massage therapists
  • Neurology specialists
  • Chiropractors and acupuncture specialists
  • Nursing staff
  • Physiotherapist practitioners
  • Dentists, orthodontists, periodontists
  • Hearing aid specialists and dealers
  • Medical institutes
  • Cost unit experts
  • Anaesthesiologists
  • Surgeons
  • Athletic trainers
  • Hospital doctors
  • Opticians
  • Health stores
  • Medical industry manufacturers
  • Care Centres
  • General practitioners
  • Dermatologists

Ace Medical Devices Pvt Ltd and Summus Medical Laser LLC are among the fair’s exhibitors. Blue Ocean Robotics ApS and GPC Medical Ltd attend MEDICA. Beijing Aeonmed Co., Ltd. additionally attends the trade show. Exhibitors furthermore include CLINIMED LLC and H-Robotics. The Fraunhofer Project Center for Stem Cell Process Engineering additionally presents innovations.

Event Changes That Occurred at MEDICA 2021

MEDICA 2021 and COMPAMED 2021 were held as coinciding hybrid events at Messe Düsseldorf. They included a live exhibition as well as a complimentary digital platform. The face-to-face exposition had implemented coronavirus safety measures to ensure attendant safety. The following features were available to professionals via the MEDICA digital platform:

  • Digital offerings that were accessible from all locations 
  • Information about the latest medical products and innovations
  • The “Who is Who” networking and matchmaking tool. The tool enabled professionals to host video and chat meetings with exhibitors. 
  • Access to the online exhibitor sessions 
  • A live-streaming option that granted access to the forums and conferences. 

The networking tool provided networking opportunities until 31.12.2021. Attendees could organise or attend video meetings between 15.11.2021 to 18.11.2021. The digital platform provided exhibitors with the option to coordinate team activities. The tool also allowed booking meeting slots for the Matchmaking Lounges. Such meetings enabled professionals to network with potential partners and customers. The Lounges were available in three exhibition halls during the live exhibition. 

MEDICA 2021 featured several highlights and one exhibition configuration change. The new configuration allowed COMPAMED exhibitors to present wares in halls 13 and 14. The highlights included three novel products and five central themes. Products worth examining included:

  • a robotics device
  • stem cell production process
  • a cushion.

The robotic device was the latest creation of H-Robotics. It enabled rehabilitating patients to make the most from their treatments. This is due to the device providing precise-as-necessary ankle and wrist control. This provided the correct amount of support patients needed and not a movement more. Additionally, the device featured the option to supervise home-bound patients. This is due to the option to connect to a smartphone and use telemedical software. This allowed specialists to guide patients as needed when visiting is not possible. The Fraunhofer Project Center also showcased two innovations. This included equipment for the mass production of high-quality cultured stem cells. The second presented innovation was an innovative and posture-correcting cushion known as Rollingpillow. The cushion featured an automated semicircular rock-and-roll mechanism. This corrected the sleeper’s posture without the need to awaken them. This would help to prevent illnesses caused by incorrect body positions during sleep. 

MEDICA 2021’s highlight themes were:

  • Digitalisation future trends
  • AI and big data’s health economy changing potential
  • Wearable technology and robotics implementation in healthcare

The Medicine + Sports Conference once again focused on sports injury treatment. Also, the MEDICA Academy presented a series of practical courses. 

Event Highlights

Medical industry professionals can complete six vital business goals by attending MEDICA. Among them are gaining recognition, conducting business onsite and networking. They also include expanding one's field expertise. Furthermore, the event enables learning about the latest trends and overviewing the industry. The fair allows professionals to complete such goals by providing various opportunities. Such include closing vital deals and learning about the latest innovations or developments. Furthermore, the fair includes events that enable meeting potential customers and observing competitors. 

MEDICA enables experts to complete goals via its comprehensive and detailed support programme. The programme includes a variety of sub-events that can meet the needs of attendees. These include five forums, with each of them featuring a subset of events. They also include three conferences and three special shows. The conferences also tend to feature a subset of micro-events. Additionally, MEDICA’s support programme features a comprehensive exhibition. 

The Tech Forum, Connected Healthcare, Health IT, LabMed, and ECON are the five main forums. They enable professionals to expand their knowledge and network with other professionals. Each of the Forums features leading specialists as the speakers. Also, each focuses on a different medical industry aspect. For instance, the Connected Healthcare Forum discusses connected and mobile healthcare. Such include subjects such as robotics and the internet of medical things. They additionally include the latest connected and mobile healthcare technologies created by start-ups. The Forum attracts many innovators, key investors, and R&D institutes. It features a subset of micro-events. These are the MEDICA Disrupt, the Start-up Competition and the Healthcare Innovation Cup. MEDICA Disrupt is a sub-event consisting of 100 start-up pitches. During the speeches, start-ups present their innovative solutions, products, and projects. This allows them to gain recognition as well as network with potential investors. 

The two completions also allow professionals to gain recognition and present their innovations. This is due to the championships featuring awards such as the right to attend as a speaker. Also, the Start-up Competition's prizes include access to extensive global media coverage. Both the Innovation Cup and the Competition provide monetary prizes. For instance, winners of the Start-up Competition can earn up to 3500 Euro. Likewise, winners of the Healthcare Innovation Cup can earn prizes in USD or Euro. Winners can furthermore look forward to means to expand their knowledge. For instance, the Competition includes as part of the award expert scaling-up advice. Likewise, the Innovation cup features as part of its prizes free development kits. Evaluation criteria for the championships include: 

  • Innovation level
  • Technological feasibility
  • Potential time to market
  • Marketing and go-to-market approach
  • Commercial potential
  • Sustainability 

When applying, start-ups should note that each event lauds different innovation types. The MEDICA Start-up Competition commends novelties such as:

  • New health apps
  • Innovative diagnostic approaches
  • Novelties related to advanced robotics
  • New healthcare data collection tools
  • Innovations in AI-enabled analytics 

The Healthcare Innovation Cup also lauds AI/big data analytics and diagnostic solutions. Yet, it also commends novel IoMT devices, wearables, digital prevention and hospital solutions. Additionally, the sub-event grants recognition to health monitoring, Femtech, Welltech, and Braintech products. 

The LabMed Forum is the main meeting location for three types of attendees. These include laboratory medicine experts, press representatives and health policymakers. The laboratory medicine experts’ group features assistants, doctors, and healthcare providers. LabMed enables professionals to discuss topics such as the leading laboratory medicine trends. Additionally, professionals can discuss subjects such as metagenomics & metabolomics, vaccination, and immunity. They also discuss immune therapies, oncology liquid profiling, and immunity testing. Next-generation biosensing is furthermore among the subjects of discussion. 

The ECON Forum is one of MEDICA’s main learning platforms. It is the meeting platform for medicine, politics, science and business experts. During ECON, professionals can discuss subjects such as the latest healthcare trends. Furthermore, during the Forum professionals can learn about health policy changes and digitalisation. Examples of the subjects discussed include electronic patient record 2.0. The Tech Forum is also a meeting location for medicine, politics and business experts. It also attracts healthcare market experts as well as clinical practice specialists. During the Forum, such attendees can learn about subjects such as healthcare markets. 

The Health IT Forum resembles in some aspects the Connected Healthcare Forum. It is among the main meeting locations for investors and digital healthcare pioneers. It also consists of a series of sub-events. These include a variety of expert panels, deep-dive sessions as well as tech talks. The panels feature keynotes, presentations, Q&As and moderated panel discussions. The deep-dive sessions also vary from scientific lectures to exemplary company presentations. The sub-event takes place for four days, with each hosting day featuring a central theme. For instance, the 2021 edition featured the theme “Fields of Innovation”. It also featured subjects such as “Digital therapeutics & virtual care”. The subjects discussed during each central theme can vary. For instance, during digital therapeutics, professionals learn about web-based and mobile healthcare. Fields of innovation discuss the latest biomedical platform developments. 

Attendees can additionally expand their knowledge by attending three special conferences. These are the:

  • Medicine+Sports Conference
  • German Hospital Day
  • International Conference on Disaster and Military Medicine (DiMiMED)

The Medicine+Sports Conference focuses on injury prevention, regeneration, and rehabilitation. Additionally, attendees can learn about performance medicine, personalisation, and other related innovations. The Conference can be beneficial for sports physicians, physiotherapists, scientists, and athletes. Health policy and clinic decision-makers should consider attending the German Hospital Day. This is due to the conference discussing topics such as health policies. Additionally, professionals can learn about financing, digitalisation and various hospital challenges. The conference features a series of practice-oriented lectures with experienced specialists as speakers. DiMiMED can be beneficial for military and public health professionals. This includes military and/or civilian experts, medical planners and researchers. The conference also attracts around 30 industrial partners. Among the discussed subjects discussed are emergency response during natural disasters. 

MEDICA as mentioned features three special shows as part of its support programme. These are the Matchmaking Lounges, the Start-up Park and the Wearable Technologies (WT) Show. Like the Forums, the shows enable professionals to gain recognition and network. Each of the shows has a special focus. For instance, the WT Show focuses on wearable technology innovations. It serves as the main showcase location for around 40 co-exhibitors. The presented wares include wearable patient care and mobility problem novelties. They also include mobile monitoring, chronic diseases and rehabilitation wearables. Likewise, innovative Welltech or Femtech wearables are among the presented wares. Additionally, attendees can observe new distribution, sensors, platforms, and material solutions. The Matchmaking Lounges is a leading networking sub-event. It consists of a series of meeting stands that allow professionals to host meetings. During the 30-minute meetings, attendees can discuss business with potential partners. The MEDICA Start-up Park is among the central sub-events for start-ups. It allows digital pioneers to network with decision-makers. 

MEDICA also includes a comprehensive exhibition as part of its event schedule. It is a showcase location for over 5000 exhibitors. The exhibition includes 8 product categories and a series of Joint Stands. The Joint Stands are among the central presentation location for exhibitors. They tend to attract professionals from countries such as China, the USA, and Brazil. Each of the eight categories features a subset of exhibition groups. The categories and exhibition groups present at the expo include:

  • Commodities and consumer goods
  1. Disposables
  2. Catheters/urinary catheters and accessories
  3. Hand hygiene stations/supplies
  4. Incontinence systems and stoma aids
  5. Articles for nursing, hygiene and medical cosmetic
  6. Hearing aids
  7. Personal protective equipment
  8. Acupuncture equipment and accessories
  9. Universal medical commodities
  10. Batteries for medical systems
  11. Other commodities and consumer goods
  12. Wound care equipment
  13. Linen
  14. Waste Management
  15. Sterile bags
  16. Patient identification wristbands, devices
  17. Surface disinfectants
  • Laboratory Technology 
  1. Pipetting devices, pipetting equipment
  2. Chromatographs
  3. Sampling systems
  4. Cleaning equipment for laboratory
  5. pH meters
  6. Other laboratory equipment
  7. Shaking and mixing units
  8. Temperature measurement devices
  9. Slide stainers, automatic dyeing units
  10. Homogenizers
  11. Spectrometers
  12. Photometers
  13. Laboratory equipment
  14. Laboratory refrigerators and freezing systems
  15. Scales and balances
  16. Drying equipment for laboratory
  17. Centrifuges
  18. Microscopes
  19. Microplate, microtiter plates
  20. Laboratory furniture
  21. Filtration systems, filtration equipment
  22. Laboratory water purification systems
  23. Glass, plastic, metal laboratory items
  24. Analyser systems/equipment
  • Diagnostics
  1. Infectious immunology testing
  2. Clinical chemistry
  3. Other diagnostics
  4. Microbiology testing
  5. Immunochemistry testing, immunology testing
  6. Genetic testing, molecular diagnostics
  7. Haematology/histology/cytology testing
  • COMPAMED Product categories
  1. Software, IT
  2. Microtechnology
  3. Manufacturing of components
  4. Components, modules, OEM equipment
  5. Electrical components, electronical components
  6. Manufacturing equipment
  7. Manufacturing of finished products
  8. Raw materials, materials, adhesives
  9. Services
  • Medical services and publications
  1. Consulting services for health organisations
  2. Medical translations
  3. Journals and literature
  4. Reports and analyses
  5. In-patient and out-patient care facilities
  6. Logistic services
  7. Education, including educational appliances/models/software
  8. Other medical services and publications
  9. Personal recruitment
  10. Professional institutions
  11. Technical equipment management, test houses/certification bodies
  12. Associations and organisations
  13. Health and wellness centres
  14. Certification and testing of medical devices, quality assurance
  15. Health insurances funds, agencies, and professional services
  • Physiotherapy / Orthopaedic technology
  1. Physiotherapy equipment
  2. Physiotherapeutic mobility aids
  3. Orthopaedic shock wave therapy equipment
  4. Orthopaedic feet aids, shoes, and insoles
  5. Hydrotherapy treatment equipment
  6. Lateral training devices, rehabilitation equipment and devices
  7. Other equipment and devices for physiotherapy and orthopaedy
  8. Bandages in physiotherapy / orthopaedic technology
  9. Physiotherapeutic heat treatment
  10. Compression therapy equipment
  11. Walking and mobility aids
  12. Physiotherapeutic cold treatment
  13. Rehabilitation equipment and devices
  14. Occupational therapy equipment
  15. Training equipment
  16. Physiotherapeutic massage equipment
  17. Wheelchairs
  • Electromedical Equipment/Medical Technology/Imaging and diagnostics/medical equipment & devices 
  1. Therapy and physical medicine
  2. Emergency medicine, rescue equipment
  3. Hospital equipment, care equipment
  4. Intense medicine/anaesthesiology/respiration
  5. Diagnostics And imaging supplies
  6. Other equipment for electromedicine / medical technology
  7. Operating technology and operating equipment
  8. Surgery devices, endoscopy devices
  9. Medical robotics
  10. Implants and prostheses
  11. Hygiene/sterilisation/disinfection
  • Information and communication technology
  1. IT infrastructure/computer hardware
  2. Wearable technologies, smart textiles
  3. Administrative information systems/software
  4. mHealth, mobile IT, wireless technologies (Bluetooth, WI-FI)
  5. Medical information systems/software
  6. Communication systems
  7. eHealth, telemedicine/telematics/telemetry
  8. Other communication and information technology equipment or devices

MEDICA is a trade fair that can be beneficial for professionals such as:

  • Medical Industry distributors
  • R&D specialists
  • Pharmaceutical specialists
  • Home health aides
  • Legislators
  • Optometricians
  • Ambulatory health service providers
  • OEMs
  • Hospital and technical managers
  • Radiologists
  • Pharmacy technicians and specialists
  • Laboratory managers
  • Wholesale drug distributors
  • Emergency medical specialists 
  • Professional medical associations
  • Medical assistants
  • Medical industry service providers
  • Oncologists
  • Science and research experts
  • Nursing home staff
  • Medical specialised traders
  • Health service providers
  • Universities, colleges
  • Vocational rehabilitators
  • Massage therapists
  • Neurology specialists
  • Chiropractors and acupuncturists
  • Nursing staff
  • Physiotherapist practitioners
  • Dentists, orthodontists, periodontists
  • WT manufacturers
  • Medical institutes
  • Cost unit experts
  • Anaesthesiologists
  • Surgeons
  • Athletic trainers
  • Hospital doctors
  • Opticians
  • Health stores
  • Medical industry manufacturers
  • Care Centres
  • General practitioners
  • Dermatologists
  • Hearing aid specialists and dealers
  • Laboratory assistants

Start-ups can look forward to quite a few of the sub-events. These include the Start-up Park, the WT Show, and the Connected Health Forum.


Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and several partners such as Techniker Krankenkasse organise MEDICA. The fair takes place every year at Messe Düsseldorf, one of Germany’s leading exhibition centres. Attendees can visit the fair between 10 am and 6 pm for four days. 

Due to its closeness to main transportation hubs, Messe Düsseldorf is easy to access. You can arrive at the venue from the airport terminal or central station by taking a bus, metro, or train. Travel times will vary depending on the used transport and your departure location. When travelling by bus from the airport, for example, you will arrive at the venue in 18 minutes. The same mode of transport will enable reaching the messe in 25 minutes from the central station. Furthermore, cities such as Neuss and Solingen are close to the exhibition centre. The S8 and IRE13 lines, for example, will enable you to reach the messe in 11 minutes from Neuss. Likewise, the S1 metro will enable you to reach the exhibition centre from Solingen in 22 minutes.

Düsseldorf is one of Germany's most important exhibition cities. Because of its popularity, the metropolis has a wide range of lodging and dining options. Hotels, hostels, guest houses, and apartments are among the accommodations available. Restaurants serving a variety of cuisines are among the dining options available. Cafés, nightclubs, bars, markets, and the venue itself are also among the eateries available. Many of the districts, such as Hafen are suitable for visitors seeking accommodation. So are many of the local cities such as Cologne, Neuss, or Solingen.

Audience and Statistics

MEDICA is one of the most significant trade shows for the medical industry. Because of its importance, it attracts professionals from many sectors. The 2019 edition of the fair, for example, attracted 120 000 visitors and 6398 exhibitors. More than 60 countries are represented among the fair's exhibitors and visitors. Among them are nations such as:

  • Luxembourg
  • Singapore
  • Estonia
  • Netherlands
  • Israel
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Bulgaria
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • UK
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Tunisia
  • Egypt
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan
  • Japan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Poland
  • Greece
  • Serbia
  • Romania
  • Ukraine
  • Lithuania
  • USA
  • Croatia
  • India
  • France
  • Slovenia
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • China
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • Pakistan
  • Belarus
  • Puerto Rico
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Czech Republic
  • Iran
  • San Marino
  • Denmark
  • Turkey
  • Thailand

Attending sectors include sports medicine, pharmacy, ophthalmic optics and medicine. They also include the dental medicine, medical technology and health industries. 

Affordable hotels near MEDICA

Trade Fair Trips Ltd is here to take care of your travel arrangements, so you can focus on preparing for MEDICA. With a variety of excellent hotel offers to choose from, you will receive the best prices for MEDICA. Location is a crucial component to the success of any business trip. This is why we focus on hotels close to Messe Düsseldorf. We can help in a variety of other ways as well. This includes placing reservations on meeting facilities and handling the show booth installations.

Past Editions 

2020 Edition

The MEDICA 2020 edition attracted professionals from drew a total of 169 countries. The fair's digital rendition took place between November 16th and November 19th 2020. It attracted 45 000 trade visitors and featured a total of 18 300 innovative products. A total of 1500 exhibitors showcased their wares. China, the United States, and Italy were among the countries represented. The rendition was deemed a success by both visitors and exhibitors.

2021 Edition

Between 15.11.2021 and 18.11.2021, COMPAMED 2021 and MEDICA 2021 were held in a hybrid format. The concurrent fairs were held in a two-part format. This included a live exposition with the venue featuring the latest COVID-19 prevention measures. They also took place online, using digital platforms that allowed attendees to participate from afar. Attendees were required to comply with several rules while participating in the live exhibition. Before entering the exhibition grounds, visitors had to show valid 3G documents. Over 46,000 visitors from 150 countries attended the 2021 editions of COMPAMED and MEDICA. Over 3,500 exhibitors from 70 countries were also present. Demonstrations of a new robotic device and process for mass-producing cultivated stem cells were among the highlights of the event.

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How to get to MEDICA
On foot
On foot:

from Dusseldorf Hbf is 1h 30 min walk or 30 min with a bicycle 

1h 5 min with a walk or 25 min with a bike

By car
By car:

from Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof the ride will take you 30 min (~9 km)

from the airport there are only 15 to 20 min (~9km)

By public transport
By public transport:

From the Dusseldorf Central Station U-Bahn Nr U78 will get you there for 26 min

From Dusseldorf International Airport to Messeplatz you need to change transport with either of this 3 options:

 - From Airpot Terminals A/B/C: 6 stops with Bus 760 to Freiligrathplatz and then U78 to MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA/Messe Nord and within 7 min walking distance you will reach the Messe*
 - SB51 from Flughafen Terminal A/B/C to Theodor-Heuss-Brücke and then with U78 to MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA/Messe Nord and within walking distance you will reach the Messe*
 - from Terminals A/B/C take bus 721 for 6 stops to 'Am Hain', transfer to bus 722 for another 4 stops to Messe Congress Center and within walking distance you will reach the Messe*

* every choice will take you from 30 to 40 min

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