Medlab Middle East, the MENA region’s largest medical laboratory exhibition and congress, has returned to the Dubai World Trade Centre as a standalone event following what organisers say is unprecedented demand from exhibitors and visitors to attend the 2023 edition of the show.
Co-hosted with Arab Health for the previous two years, Medlab Middle East is this year expected to host more than 20,000 visitors. It will also host 700 exhibitors throughout the show’s four days, a 100% increase on the previous year, with exhibitors and visitors representing more than 180 countries.
The exhibition will be held under the theme of ‘Paving the way for technological advancements and sustainability in laboratory medicine’ underscoring the rate at which laboratory technology has advanced in recent years.
Tom Coleman, exhibition director for Informa Markets, said: “We have seen the demand for clinical laboratory services increase significantly in the last two years. As such, we’ve witnessed a surge in demand from visitors and exhibitors. Covid-19 undoubtedly put increased focus on the laboratory market. Subsequently, we have seen a wealth of new technology and innovation being adopted, which is driving automation and collaboration with the lab and critical external stakeholders.
“More generally, we have seen factors such as the rising prevalence of chronic illnesses and the resulting need for early diagnostic testing contributing to the growth in the size of the lab market. The speed of technological advances in raising productivity and cost savings will also be a key factor in driving the industry’s growth.”
In addition to a showcase of products ranging from high-performance solutions and advanced technology to affordable alternatives, Medlab Middle East is revealing a range of new and returning features.
Labpreneur makes its debut at the show, gathering the most exciting and promising medical laboratory start-ups from across the world as they actively address the unmet challenges and revolutionise the medical lab industry.
The competition features the top 10 innovative early and middle-stage start-ups from across the world, pitching their ground-breaking ideas and battling on stage in front of an esteemed panel of judges, which includes investors, industry experts, and entrepreneurs, with the winner announced on 9 February.
Sustainability will also be in focus and will be highlighted during the Lab Sustainability Awards. The awards encourage action on various sustainable laboratory areas and link to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Medlab Middle East is also hosting the LabQ, an inter-college quiz competition open to senior graduating college and university students majoring in medical laboratory sciences in the UAE for the first time.
The scientific poster competition has also returned in 2023 and is dedicated to helping grow the medical laboratory industry by providing a platform to gain recognition and be published. The winner will also have the opportunity to speak at Medlab Asia 2023, which takes place in Bangkok, with flights and accommodation included.
The Medlab Middle East Congress also returns this year, providing education and solutions to advance laboratory skills and improve laboratory functions to over 5,000 conference delegates. With 13 conferences, the Congress is the largest CME-accredited multi-track medical laboratory congress globally, featuring 130+ local and international speakers.
This year’s conference programme includes eight core lab conference tracks, with a further four new additions addressing Point of Care Testing (POCT), Tech Advances and Clinical Impact, New Trends In Laboratory Medicine, Quality Management in the Lab, and Sustainability in the Lab.
Medlab Middle East continues at the Dubai World Trade Centre until 9 February.
For more information, please visit https://www.medlabme.com/en/home.html