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News Article | May 9, 2017
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Eldercare and Household Medical Products in the Spotlight The HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair (Medical Fair) will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 16 to 18 May. The largest Hong Kong medical fair organised to date, the eighth edition of the fair will gather 270 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions to showcase the latest medical equipment, technology and related services - providing a one-stop business platform for the medical industry. The three-day event is being organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA). - Good prospects for medical equipment and products Johnny Wan, HKTDC Exhibitions Market Development Director, said Hong Kong's total exports of medical and healthcare equipment reached HK$12.8 billion in 2016, an increase of 8.1 per cent over the previous year. The export value of such products in the first three months of this year reached HK$2.9 billion. HKMHDIA Chairman Ir Dr Andros Chan added that global demand for medical devices and supplies continues to rise. "According to the World Health Organization, annual global health expenditure is estimated at around US$6.5 trillion. Health expenditure as a share of GDP continues to grow in all major economies, including the Chinese mainland. This indicates immense market opportunities." The Medical Fair is an effective trading platform for the industry to grasp the business opportunities in this fast-growing market. This year, the fair will welcome new group pavilions from the US state of Illinois, the Czech Republic, India and Poland's Wielkopolska region. Returning pavilions include the Chinese mainland's Ningbo city, Pakistan and the HKMHDIA pavilion, which comprises about 30 companies. Exhibitors from Korea, Singapore and Thailand will also make their debut at the fair, further enriching the variety of medical equipment and devices on show. Last year's fair was well received, with more than 10,000 buyers taking part. This year, 38 international buying missions organised by the HKTDC are expected to bring in more than 1,000 buyers. - Debut of "World of Healthcare" and "Startup" zones The Medical Fair will feature a wide spectrum of medical and healthcare equipment and related services, organised into more than 15 specialised product zones for easy sourcing. Responding to growing awareness of the importance of healthcare, "World of Healthcare" will be introduced at the fair to present healthcare products and services, including fitness products, health food and beverages, and nutrition supplements. The medical industry is also becoming a popular sector for entrepreneurs. In line with the government's policy to promote entrepreneurship, the fair will feature a new "Startup" zone, to showcase innovative medical products from Hong Kong start-ups. "In recent years, many young entrepreneurs are dedicated to developing medical products and technologies and bringing new products and ideas to market. Therefore, the Medical Fair is introducing the Startup zone to connect them with buyers and potential business partners and explore more opportunities," said Mr Wan. - Eldercare and household medical products in the spotlight According to the United Nations, the total global population is estimated at around 7.5 billion people, with 960 million or 13 per cent of the total population aged 60 or above. To keep pace with rising demand in the "silver market," the Rehabilitation and Elderly Care zone will showcase products and services for general care and rehabilitation after illness or injury among elderly people. Products to feature include an exercise machine equipped with various muscle-training programmes that improves respiratory and cardiovascular system functions of patients with Parkinson's disease, as well as an innovative tank-top developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The vest features a bio-feedback system with multiple sensors used to treat scoliosis. As household medical products and services grow more popular, many companies have launched products specific to the household market. The Household Medical Products zone, another fair highlight, will showcase various household medical devices, including an electrocardiograph smart watch band that can facilitate immediate diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. With new innovations in medical technology, there is growing demand for diagnostic and surgical equipment. The Hospital Equipment zone will showcase specialist equipment and technology, including ultrasound and imaging tools, as well as a range of surgical instruments. The fair's Physiotherapy zone will present the latest physiotherapy equipment, devices and related services and products, including a therapy mattress, therapy light, physiotherapy plinth and physiotherapy massage equipment. - Seminars to analyse market trends To help industry professionals monitor the pulse of the market and expand their business networks, a series of seminars will be held at the fair. Industry experts will discuss topics ranging from the latest market trends and product innovations to worldwide medical device regulatory updates. The Czech Republic pavilion, participating in the fair for the first time, will also invite professionals to present an overview of the Czech medical market and their latest medical equipment and services. Three workshops, co-organised by the Hong Kong Doctors Union and the Hong Kong Health Care Federation, will cover such topics as cervical cancer prevention and HPV infection, and the latest information on coronary angioplasty. The Medical Fair has strong synergy with the concurrent Hospital Authority Convention 2017, to be held on the first two days of the fair (16-17 May). More than 5,000 delegates are expected to attend the Convention, making it one of Asia-Pacific's largest events for medical professionals. Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkmedicalfair/ Product Highlights: http://bit.ly/2pqlIyN Photo Download Link: http://bit.ly/2pfi92u To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc (Photo:) HKTDC Exhibitions Market Development Director Johnny Wan (Left) and HKMHDIA Chairman Ir Dr Andros Chan (Right) introduced highlights of the Medical Fair at today's press conference. About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council Contact:


News Article | May 18, 2017
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More than 10,700 Buyers Visited the Fair, Up 7% over Last Year The eighth HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair concluded its three-day run today. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), the fair welcomed more than 10,700 buyers from 62 countries and regions, up 7 per cent over the previous year. Fair Video: https://youtu.be/vXsBp23PASw "With the ageing population and advancement in medical technologies, there is immense growth potential in the medical supplies and products market," said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. "The Medical Fair showcased a wide selection of medical devices and supplies, attracting industry players from around the world. This year, buyer attendance from mature markets such as Japan, Korea, Switzerland and the UK, together with emerging markets, including the Chinese mainland, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Russia, recorded satisfactory growth, indicating there is flourishing demand for medical products and services across many markets." - Buyers interested in the latest medical equipment With the rapid development of the Asian medical market, the Medical Fair attracted many Asian buyers, energising the sourcing atmosphere. OliveNetworks is among the largest health and lifestyle store chains in Korea with over 900 stores. Kim Min Chae, the company's Manager, visited the Medical Fair for the first time to enhance the company's product categories, and established initial contact with five to six potential suppliers from Hong Kong, the mainland and Malaysia. "The fair has a good mix of medical products on offer," said Mr Kim. "Our initial order for back braces is estimated at US$35,000. We are also negotiating with new suppliers for products such as kinesiology tapes." Max Healthcare is one of the largest hospital groups in northern India, currently operating 14 hospitals with about 2,500 beds. Amid the hospital group's expansion plans, Manoj Ahlawat, General Manager, Supply Chain Management visited the Medical Fair for the first time to source new quality products and technology from Asia. "So far, I have found two potential suppliers for hospital beds that suit our needs. If negotiations work out successfully, the amount of orders will be around US$50,000 each with them." Singaporean buyer Ziwell Medical(S) Pte Ltd distributes medical devices and health products in Singapore and Malaysia with hospitals, clinics and pharmacies as major customers. Yeo Siew Meng, the company's Director, returned to Hong Kong to find new products and suppliers. So far, he found three potential suppliers from Hong Kong and the mainland for different items such as a smart cart designed to aid patients' mobility, an AED device and an AED training set. "The amount of business for the smart carts is anticipated to be around US$200,000 while that for the AED devices and training sets can be up to US$600,000. The fair provided an ideal platform for us to look for quality business partners." - New "World of Healthcare" helps explore new markets This year, the Medical Fair attracted a total of 270 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions. Featuring more than 15 thematic zones, the fair presented a wide spectrum of medical and healthcare devices and services, providing an important business platform for the healthcare industry. Responding to growing awareness of the importance of personal health, the fair introduced the "World of Healthcare" to present healthcare products and services, including fitness products, health food and beverages, and nutritional supplements. The Australian exhibitor Benson Medical Services Pty Ltd, which sells products worldwide, promoted a product that helps relieve snoring and enables people to sleep better. Richard Benson, the company's Director, said that the fair helped the company explore new markets. "We have already received serious interest from potential buyers from the Chinese mainland, India and the Philippines. The feedback is absolutely fantastic." The US exhibitor MivaTek is an IoT service provider, offering smart home-care solutions to enable independent living for the elderly, such as various sensors for multiple functions like activity tracking. Roger Huang, Senior Sales Director, said he was pleased with the results by showcasing their services in the new zone. "It creates a critical mass to draw buyers looking for healthcare items. We met a number of buyers from different markets, including Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy and Germany. Some of them requested samples. We expect to take about three months to negotiate and conclude business cooperation. The responses have met our expectations." - Start-ups expand their business networks The medical industry is becoming a popular sector for entrepreneurs, with many start-ups developing new medical products and technologies in recent years. The "Startup" zone, introduced at the Medical Fair this year, allowed start-ups to exhibit at lower cost and meet buyers and potential business partners from around the world. The Hong Kong start-up Human Washer Ltd presented for the first time its automated full bathing system with temperature control, surrounding water jets and warm-air drying. Its Director Samuel Hui said that the Startup zone is an effective platform to present creative ideas to potential buyers from around the world. "The feedback has been terrific. We have got in touch with serious buyers from Singapore and Malaysia, who expressed interest in distributing our device." He added that they were in talks with many Hong Kong contacts including hospitals and elderly care centres that want to order their product. - New group pavilions explore the Chinese mainland and Asian markets This year, the Medical Fair welcomed new group pavilions from the US State of Illinois, the Czech Republic, India and Poland's Wielkopolska region to present the latest medical technology products. Milan Vagner, Consul (Trade & Economy), Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Hong Kong, said that they were pleased to have organised a pavilion with four Czech companies to promote nursing beds and orthopaedic shoes, in order to explore the Asian business network. "The ageing population presents a lot of opportunities for our medical businesses. Hong Kong is the hub for doing business in Asia and serves as a gateway to penetrate the Chinese mainland. This fair creates an excellent opportunity to grow our presence and keeps us up-to-date of the Asian market." Kitty CW Leung, Managing Director - Far East Office, State of Illinois, and Terry LaRocca, Senior International Trade Specialist, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, said the seven companies in the US state's pavilion provided a variety of medical products and services such as obstetrics and gynecology products and esophageal cooling equipment. "The Medical Fair has a special niche to draw industry players and offers us a great chance to gain exposure and find partners. The pre-arranged business-matching service has also facilitated fruitful exchanges. This is a good place to generate interest and explore new business." To help industry professionals monitor the pulse of the market and expand their business networks, a series of seminars was organised, covering such topics as the latest technology and market information of the medical and healthcare industries and worldwide medical device regulatory updates, as well as forums and workshops. Offering added synergy, the Hospital Authority Convention 2017 (16-17 May) also brought in more than 5,000 delegates, making it one of Asia-Pacific's largest events for medical professionals. Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkmedicalfair/ Photo Download Link: http://bit.ly/2ru7PA9 To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/ About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council Contact:


News Article | May 16, 2017
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New Pavilions Present the Latest Equipment and Technology; Held Concurrently with Hospital Authority Convention The eighth HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association (HKMHDIA), the three-day fair (16-18 May) showcases the latest medical equipment, technology and related services, providing a one-stop business platform for the medical industry. This year's Medical Fair welcomes a record 270 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions. The HKTDC has also organised 37 buying missions, bringing more than 1,400 buyers to the fair, including representatives of Ziwell Medical (S) PTE LTD and NTUC Unity Healthcare Co-operative Ltd from Singapore, ServiPlus Medical Equipment Inc from the Philippines, Malaysia's Felco Medical Supplies Sdn Bhd, and Health-Care Equipment from the United Kingdom. "The aging population and increasing awareness of healthcare needs have resulted in a flourishing global demand for medical and healthcare products," said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. "As technological advances are hugely important in the medical devices industry, there is also growing demand for new equipment for the medical industry. In response to the rapid development of the medical devices and healthcare industries, the Medical Fair is launching the new 'World of Healthcare' and 'Startup' zones. The Medical Fair also features a number of specialised products zones, including the 'Household Medical Products' zone and 'Rehabilitation and Elderly Care' zone, creating a comprehensive trading platform to help the industry grasp the rapidly growing medical supplies market." - New pavilions present the latest equipment and technology This year, the Medical Fair welcomes new group pavilions from the US State of Illinois, as well as from the Czech Republic, India and Poland's Wielkopolska region. An exhibitor from the United States is showcasing a professional ultrasonic fetal heart monitor and surgical equipment for gynecological cryotherapy. Returning pavilions include those from the Chinese mainland's Ningbo city, Pakistan and the HKMHDIA, which comprises about 30 companies. Exhibitors from Korea, Singapore and Thailand also made their debut at the fair, further enriching the variety of medical equipment and devices on show. - Debut of "World of Healthcare" and "Startup" zones Responding to growing awareness of the importance of personal health, the fair introduces the "World of Healthcare" to present healthcare products and services, including fitness products, health food and beverages, and nutritional supplements. The medical industry is also becoming a popular sector for entrepreneurs, with many start-ups developing new medical supplies and technologies in recent years. The "Startup" zone, which is being introduced at the Medical Fair this year, showcases the creativity of Hong Kong start-ups, allowing them to meet with buyers and potential business partners to explore new business opportunities. One of the start-ups offers an automated full bathing system with temperature control, surrounding water jets and warm-air drying, and features that reduce the risk of falls during a shower (Booth no: 3G-D23). Another start-up is showcasing a series of products for treating and relieving back pain (Booth no: 3F-J03). - Special zones for quality medical equipment and technology Organised into more than 15 specialised product zones for easy sourcing, the Medical Fair gathers a wide spectrum of medical and healthcare equipment and services. According to the United Nations, the total global population is estimated at around 7.5 billion people, with 960 million or 13 per cent of the total population who are aged 60 or above in 2017. To keep pace with rising demand in the "silver market," the Rehabilitation and Elderly Care zone showcases products and services for general care and rehabilitation after illness or injury among elderly people. Products include an exercise machine equipped with various muscle-training programmes that improve respiratory and cardiovascular system functions among patients with Parkinson's disease (Booth no: 3F-F15), as well as an innovative tank-top developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which features a bio-feedback system with multiple sensors used to treat scoliosis (Booth no: 3F-F09). As household medical products and services grow more popular, many companies have launched products specific to the household market. The Household Medical Products zone, another fair highlight, presents various household medical devices, including an electrocardiograph smart-watch band (Booth no: 3F-G03) that can facilitate immediate diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. With new innovations in medical technology, there is growing demand for diagnostic and surgical equipment. The Hospital Equipment zone showcases specialist equipment and technology, including ultrasound and imaging tools, as well as a range of surgical instruments. The fair's Physiotherapy zone presents the latest physiotherapy equipment, devices and related services and products, including a therapy mattress, therapy light, physiotherapy plinth and physiotherapy massage equipment. - Seminars to analyse market trends To help industry professionals monitor the pulse of the market and expand their business networks, a series of seminars are being organised. Today's (16 May) events include a seminar on "The Hottest Trends Revolutionising the Medical and Healthcare Device Industries"; the Continuing Medical Education workshop on "Disease Prevention: Cervical Cancer and HPV Infection", co-organised with the Hong Kong Doctors Union; as well as the Continuing Nursing Education workshop, co-organised with the Hong Kong Health Care Federation. The Czech Republic pavilion, participating in the fair for the first time, will invite professionals to present an overview of the Czech medical market and their latest medical equipment and services tomorrow (17 May). Representatives from the Hong Kong Electrical Appliance Industries Association and Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association will also speak at the seminar "Sparking Innovation: The Game Changers of the Healthcare Sector". The seminar on "Worldwide Medical Device Regulatory Updates" and the Continuing Medical Education workshop "Coronary Angioplasty: Update for Daily Clinical Practice 2017" will be held on 18 May. Professor John Leong Chi-yan, Chairman of Hong Kong's Hospital Authority, was the officiating guest at today's networking reception (16 May). Offering added synergy with the fair, the Hospital Authority Convention 2017 (16-17 May) is expected to bring in more than 5,000 delegates, making it one of Asia-Pacific's largest events for medical professionals. Hong Kong's total exports of medical and healthcare equipment reached HK$12.8 billion in 2016, an increase of 8.1 per cent over the previous year, with favourable growth in many markets such as the Chinese mainland, the US, ASEAN and the UK. Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkmedicalfair Product Highlights: http://bit.ly/2pqlIyN Photo Download Link: http://bit.ly/2pfi92u To view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tc About HKTDC Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With more than 40 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter @hktdc, LinkedIn. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+hktdc Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hktdc LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-trade-development-council Contact:


News Article | April 21, 2017
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) launched today the University Research Facility in 3D Printing (U3DP), the first 3D printing facility among higher education institutions in Hong Kong to support teaching, learning and research. It is also the largest research centre in 3D printing, in terms of the range and quantity of facilities in Hong Kong. With an area of 620 square metres and more than 50 sets of 3D printers for different functions and materials, the URF in 3D Printing provides state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities which will help the followings: The U3DP is expected to help faculty members and students excel in their teaching and learning, research and innovation with the aid of 3D printing technologies. With the full range of technologies from 3D scanning, computer aided-design modelling to printing, and the full range of materials including metal, plastic, biocompatible resin, silver ink and graphene, resulting in multi-material and multi-colour output, the imagination of faculty members and students can be unleashed, with their innovations, designs and prototypes materialized easily. At the Opening Ceremony today, Mr Chan Tze-ching, PolyU Council Chairman remarked, “The U3DP will provide an innovative and inspirational environment for faculty members and students to make the best use of their capability in innovation and creativity. It will also help strengthen industry-PolyU collaboration through research and consultancy.” Officiating at the Opening Ceremony, Professor John Leong Chi-yan, Chairman of Hospital Authority said the collaboration between the PolyU and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is a good example of how local talents get together to improve the quality of medical care in Hong Kong. “We are proud to see the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Simulation Model unveiled today, it is a made-in-Hong Kong technology that benefits our patients and help train our doctors. PolyU is one of the pioneers in developing 3D printing technology on health care, while the QEH simulation training experts and cardiologists have made much effort and contribution over the years in training doctors with ultra-high operative skills before they walk in the operation theater to conduct complicated surgical procedures. It is encouraging to see the two great teams work together, I look forward to seeing more collaboration of such kind in the future,” Professor Leong said. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has teamed up with PolyU to support the training for medical staff through the collaborative development of a 3D printed simulation training model mimicking the real clinical procedure, with a view to enhancing the quality of healthcare service for the community. As the Government pledges to support the development of Industry 4.0, the U3DP in 3D printing will certainly be a key player in the process, enabling and facilitating the research of many new initiatives.


News Article | April 19, 2017
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With an area of 620 square metres and more than 50 sets of 3D printers for different functions and materials, the URF in 3D Printing provides state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities which will help the followings: The U3DP is expected to help faculty members and students excel in their teaching and learning, research and innovation with the aid of 3D printing technologies. With the full range of technologies from 3D scanning, computer aided-design modelling to printing, and the full range of materials including metal, plastic, biocompatible resin, silver ink and graphene, resulting in multi-material and multi-colour output, the imagination of faculty members and students can be unleashed, with their innovations, designs and prototypes materialized easily. At the Opening Ceremony today, Mr Chan Tze-ching, PolyU Council Chairman remarked, "The U3DP will provide an innovative and inspirational environment for faculty members and students to make the best use of their capability in innovation and creativity. It will also help strengthen industry-PolyU collaboration through research and consultancy." Officiating at the Opening Ceremony, Professor John Leong Chi-yan, Chairman of Hospital Authority said the collaboration between the PolyU and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is a good example of how local talents get together to improve the quality of medical care in Hong Kong. "We are proud to see the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Simulation Model unveiled today, it is a made-in-Hong Kong technology that benefits our patients and help train our doctors. PolyU is one of the pioneers in developing 3D printing technology on health care, while the QEH simulation training experts and cardiologists have made much effort and contribution over the years in training doctors with ultra-high operative skills before they walk in the operation theater to conduct complicated surgical procedures. It is encouraging to see the two great teams work together, I look forward to seeing more collaboration of such kind in the future," Professor Leong said. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has teamed up with PolyU to support the training for medical staff through the collaborative development of a 3D printed simulation training model mimicking the real clinical procedure, with a view to enhancing the quality of healthcare service for the community. As the Government pledges to support the development of Industry 4.0, the U3DP in 3D printing will certainly be a key player in the process, enabling and facilitating the research of many new initiatives.


News Article | April 19, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

With an area of 620 square metres and more than 50 sets of 3D printers for different functions and materials, the URF in 3D Printing provides state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities which will help the followings: The U3DP is expected to help faculty members and students excel in their teaching and learning, research and innovation with the aid of 3D printing technologies. With the full range of technologies from 3D scanning, computer aided-design modelling to printing, and the full range of materials including metal, plastic, biocompatible resin, silver ink and graphene, resulting in multi-material and multi-colour output, the imagination of faculty members and students can be unleashed, with their innovations, designs and prototypes materialized easily. At the Opening Ceremony today, Mr Chan Tze-ching, PolyU Council Chairman remarked, "The U3DP will provide an innovative and inspirational environment for faculty members and students to make the best use of their capability in innovation and creativity. It will also help strengthen industry-PolyU collaboration through research and consultancy." Officiating at the Opening Ceremony, Professor John Leong Chi-yan, Chairman of Hospital Authority said the collaboration between the PolyU and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is a good example of how local talents get together to improve the quality of medical care in Hong Kong. "We are proud to see the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) Simulation Model unveiled today, it is a made-in-Hong Kong technology that benefits our patients and help train our doctors. PolyU is one of the pioneers in developing 3D printing technology on health care, while the QEH simulation training experts and cardiologists have made much effort and contribution over the years in training doctors with ultra-high operative skills before they walk in the operation theater to conduct complicated surgical procedures. It is encouraging to see the two great teams work together, I look forward to seeing more collaboration of such kind in the future," Professor Leong said. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has teamed up with PolyU to support the training for medical staff through the collaborative development of a 3D printed simulation training model mimicking the real clinical procedure, with a view to enhancing the quality of healthcare service for the community. As the Government pledges to support the development of Industry 4.0, the U3DP in 3D printing will certainly be a key player in the process, enabling and facilitating the research of many new initiatives.


Patent
Hospital Authority and Chinese University of Hong Kong | Date: 2011-07-18

A system and method are provided for capturing hearing characteristics from self-administered hearing tests or from professionally administered hearing tests, including loudness tolerance levels as at different sound frequencies, as an individualized audiological profile for automatically enhancing audio to complement and address as closely as possible an individuals hearing deficits. The user may self-administer a hearing test on a convenient personal apparatus, such as a smartphone. The system includes the ability for capturing an environment profile. The users hearing is protected against harm in the enhanced audio setting while being provided with the option of a enhanced hearing experience. The invention is useful for any individual seeking an enhanced hearing experience, whether having hearing within normal range or hearing that is impaired. Thus the system is useful as a hearing aid.


Patent
Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hospital Authority | Date: 2014-03-13

The present invention provides a method for assessing the presence and risk of developing type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease in a subject by detecting sequence variation in DACH1 (Dachshund homolog 1) gene. A kit and device useful for such a method are also provided. In addition, the present invention provides a method for treating type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease in patients who have been tested and shown to have the pertinent genetic variations.


Patent
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University and Hospital Authority | Date: 2012-09-10

A microfluidic platform including a microfluidic layer and a contact layer. The microfluidic layer is embedded with a microfluidic structure including a micro-channel and a fluidic sample contained in the micro-channel. The contact layer is able to be attached to the microfluidic layer, and includes a first heater for heating a first area of the microfluidic structure to a first temperature and a second heater for heating a second area of the microfluidic structure to a second temperature. The microfluidic layer and the contact layer rotate together during operation. A method for controlling a sample in the micro-channel of the microfluidic structure.


Cho W.C.,Hospital Authority
Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics | Year: 2014

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are increasingly recognized for their potential utility in cancer diagnosis and prognosis. Emerging technologies in the past decade have allowed possible isolation and characterization of CTCs in the peripheral blood of cancer patients, including immunomagnetic technique coupled with immunofluorescence methodology, microfluidic platform, x-ray imaging technique and flow cytometry, filter-adapted FISH and miRNA microarray. Although there are still a number of challenges associated with the identification and molecular characterization of CTCs, the analysis of CTCs carries important prognostic and therapeutic implications for personalized cancer management. © 2014 Informa UK, Ltd.

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