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The Standing Men: Technologies for Life– Thank you to all!

Posted on 03.11.2016


MedTech Europe would like to thank everyone who contributed to The Standing Men: Technologies for Life! Hosted in partnership with EU40 on the European Parliament Esplanade from 10 to13 October, the initiative brought together stakeholders to discuss the value of medicial technologies – for people and for healthcare systems. The art exhibit, a unique light and sound installation, was created by the artistic team AADN from Lyon, France. The display drew attention from many policy makers and stakeholders across Brussels and beyond, with many noting the unique approach of coupling the life-like statues with the voices of people from the EU healthcare community. The initiative also generated a surge of discussions in the media on the innovative approach of MedTech Europe and The Standing Men.

18 sessions were held throughout the week covering themes such as diabetes, orthopaedic and community care, eHealth, personalised medicines, patient safety and antimicrobial resistance. Participants included representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the OECD, the European Commission DG Health and Consumers and DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurs and SMEs, the European Parliament as well as several national governments. The week also included voices from key organisations including European Alliance for Personalised Medicines (EAPM),  Health First Europe (HFE), European Health Parliament, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Europe.  The sessions were hosted in the medtech tent which also included displays of innovative technologies from the world of medtech.

Over 200 visitors came each day with press and social media coverage throughout the event. The Grand Reception included a key note address by Member of European Parliament, Michał Boni who highlighted the importance of innovation, patient centric care and the value of an integrated healthcare pathway. Thank you to all for enriching the discussions and contributing your say on the crucial role of medtech for the future of healthcare!

Check out here more photos from the event!