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Bio Technology : July 2009
AusMedtech2009 EVENT PARTNERS AusBiotech would like to thank the following event partners for their support: Host State Partner ech2009 EVENT PARTNERS AusBiotech would like to thank the following event partners for their support: Host State Partner Session Session Partners Event Partners developing countries provide a positive outlook for the growth of the medical technology sector. However, he said that with governments increasingly becoming the main suppliers of healthcare to their communities, they will seek to bring costs down. Overall, he said: “There are challenges with the current environment, but the outlook is good.” Major trends include: Convergence of technologies • The demand for combination products is expected to double between 2004 and 2010. There will be greater complexity in terms of technical, regulatory, organisational development and commercial aspects Efficient healthcare • Health care is a huge financial strain on countries, who will seek to find savings by reducing waste, duplication and infection. Seeking of total solutions • On a continuum that includes prevention, screening, diagnostics, treatment, and monitoring, we will see focus move from primarily on treatment to a broader, total view. There will be more focus on the overall disease, rather than one stage. We will see a shift to intervening earlier to avoid costly events. Volume 19 • Number 2 • July 2009 Australasian BioTechnology 51