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News for: May 2015


Event Highlight

BIO 2015: Meet 1-1 With Embassy-Based Industry Specialists

The one-on-one meetings are a complimentary service offered to U.S. companies by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service.  U.S. Biotech and Life Science companies currently exporting or planning to export their products or services are encouraged to take advantage of this program to learn about market opportunities and regulatory issues in overseas markets.  Our country experts will work with you to assess the market potential of your products or services in your prospective international markets, establish an effective market entry strategy, and help you find pre-screened local partners.  

Meetings are available with Industry Specialists from Brazil, Canada, Chile, China (Guangzhou & Shenyang), Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Spain.  Meetings will take place at your booth or the International Lounge at the convention center and will last approximately 20 minutes. Deadline to register is June 5th!

  • When: June 16-17, 2015
  • Where: BIO Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Registration:
  • For more information, please contact Michelle Ouellette at

Trade Events

Philippines Infrastructure Webinar

The Philippine Government is planning to spend five percent of its GDP on infrastructure in 2016 and is rolling out projects ranging from railroads, ports, airports, and roads to schools, hospitals, and a major prison facility. The U.S. Commercial Service invites you to participate in a webinar featuring top officials from the Government of the Philippines, and a private sector partner to discuss the upcoming opportunities in the infrastructure sector.

Contact for more information.

eHealth Week & World of Health IT 2015

eHealth Week is comprised of two main events: the High Level eHealth Conference and the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition. There will also be multiple parallel events occurring at the same time. Over 2000 international delegates and 75 exhibitors are expected from public and private healthcare sectors.  US companies of less than 500 employees may also wish to participate in the US pavilion at a discounted rate. Do not miss the EU-US eHealth MoU Roadmap Track by DG CONNECT and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the last day of the conference. The U.S. Embassy will also host an invitation-only reception.

  • When: May 11-13, 2015
  • Where: Riga, Latvia
  • US Pavilion Cost: Conference fee $623, US Pavilion $1815; Regular Booth: $408 per sqm for raw space and $482 per sqm for shell stand

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Japan BIOtech 2015 (International Biotechnology Exhibition & Conference)

Organized by Reed Exhibitions, Bio tech 2015 covers basic biotech research technologies from technological seeds to supplies, devices, and contract services used in genomics, proteomics, cell research, drug research, regenerative medicine research, etc.  Also co-held with two sister events such as PMEX 2015 (Personalized Medicine & Diagnostics Exhibition & Conference) and PHARCON Japan (International Pharmaceutical and Diagnostics R&D Exhibition & Conference).  U.S. Pavilion has so far 16 booths/28 entities. CS Japan will have the information booth and be available for counseling, as well as host a networking event. 

  • When: May 13-15, 2015
  • Where: Tokyo, Japan
  • Registration: Those interested in exhibiting are encouraged to contact the organizer ASAP (
  • Cost: JPY1,245,000 (approx.. $10,506) for 1 standard booth (18 sqm); JPY622,500 (approx.. $5,253) for 1 mini booth (9 sqm), JPY180,000 (approx.. $1,159) for table top booth (3 sqm)

 For more information or please contact: 

Saudi Health Show

Meet with U.S.  Commercial Service local staff in Saudi Arabia to learn best practices and opportunities in the Saudi Arabian healthcare market.  Alongside the exhibition are the CME accredited conferences. 

  • When: May 18-20, 2015
  • Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 For more information: or contact Mahar Siblini

Webinar: New COFEPRIS Programs Expedite Approval of U.S. Medical Devices in Mexico

Join us to learn more about how Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitation Risks (COFEPRIS) has implemented new programs to expedite the approval of U.S. Medical Devices in Mexico. COFEPRIS is Mexico’s equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. COFEPRIS Commissioner Mtro. Mikel Arriola, will speak about these new programs and how they can benefit U.S. medical device manufacturers through faster access to the Mexican market. A speaker from the Mexican Association of Innovative Medical Device Industries (AMID) will also offer insight on how they promote regulatory and procurement processes in Mexico that are efficient and transparent, to ensure safety, quality and effectiveness of solutions in health care services. An introduction will also be provided by the U.S. Commercial Service Mexico. 

  • When: May 28, 2015 11:00 AM EST
  • Cost: $30
  • Registration:

2015 Healthplex & Nutraceutical China

With the largest consumer base in the world and an expanding economy, many international health supplement companies have focused on China. The estimated 400 billion yuan ($65 billion) market is expected to grow 11 percent annually by the year 2020*. HNC will be co-located with several shows and occupy a total 17 halls at SNIEC, the biggest expo centre in Shanghai. At this one-stop purchasing platform, you will find all the solutions for food, pharma and nutraceutical industries.

CEO Program for U.S. Companies at MEDICA 2015

MEDICA 2015 is the largest and most prestigious medical technology show in the world, with over 5,500 exhibitors (incl. the Compamed/medical manufacturing segment), and over 132,000 international visitors in 19 halls on the Dusseldorf fairgrounds.  The U.S. Commercial Service's Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program provides a unique way for U.S. firms to optimize their participation in this show.  Showcase your products and services to over 132,000 "trade only" visitors from 110 countries; meet the potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals without the expense of an exhibition booth.

·         When:  November 16-19, 2015 (Monday – Thursday)
·         Where:  Dusseldorf, Germany
·         Application deadline:  August 17, 2015 (unless sold out sooner)
·         Cost: $6,000 regular space 

For more information, contact: Sandra Campbell (Tampa Bay); Cindy Ma (Oakland) or Anette Salama (Dusseldorf/Germany)
or visit:

2015 Taiwan International Medical Exhibition & Conference on Gerontology & Geriatric Care

The show attracts decision makers from hospitals, nursing homes care homes as well government and associations for the care and wellbeing of older people, and companies which have products that serve the needs of the elderly. Taiwan faces a tremendous demographic change. The 65+ generation will increase from 11.5% to 20.0% by 2025. Therefore the Demand in Taiwan for Senior Aid and Lifestyle products grows rapidly.

·       When: Nov 26-28, 2015
·       Where: Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Taiwan
·       Space Application, Visitors Pre-Registration, Cost: Contact CS Kaohsiung - Daphne Fan for details (

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Trade Missions

Healthcare Executive Service to India

 The Healthcare Executive Service is a unique program which includes stops in India’s three major healthcare industry hubs: New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. As part of the Healthcare Executive Service in India, participants will benefit from individual one-on-on meetings in each location, as well as site visits, networking events and the opportunity to attend and exhibit in a catalogue option at the Medicall Trade Show in Chennai.

  • When: July 27-August 1, 2015
  • Where: New Delhi; Mumbai; Chennai, India
  • Cost: $4,300 for large firms, $2,700 for a small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), $300 each additional firm representative (large firm or SME)

 For more information, visit:

2nd Annual Health IT Trade Mission to Brazil

The US Commercial Service at the US Consulate in Sao Paulo Brazil is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Health IT Trade Mission to Brazil August 17-21. This high impact business focused mission will enable U.S. companies to  showcase their technology to senior-level public and private health care officials and potential partners; learn first-hand about Brazil’s emerging health IT market, policies and business opportunities; and contribute to the shaping of a big emerging health IT market.     The program will include exclusive round tables with senior-level hospital officials, business social networking events, technology forum presentations, hospital site visits and participation in MedInfo, The World Health and Biomedical Informatics Conference. 

Trade Winds-Africa Trade Mission

The 2015 Trade Winds program includes an Africa focused business forum, in South Africa, consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officers representing commercial markets from 19 different countries throughout the region. There will also be multiple trade mission stops that will give participants the opportunity to conduct business-to-business meetings with firms in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

  • When: September 14-21, 2015 - Dates will vary based on selected mission stops.
  • Cost: Conference & one mission stop: $2,500 for companies with fewer than 500 employees/ $3,500 for large firms; Additional mission stop: $800/ea; Additional representative: $500/ea 
  • Website: 

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Trade Leads

Chile: Injectable antibiotics for human use

Bulgaria: Mannequins for CPR training

Australia: Urine analyzer with blue-tooth compatibility for home use

Philippines:  Suppliers of children's supplements

Madagascar:  Delivery kits

Ethiopia: Pathology lab reporting system

To respond to these trade leads, please contact your local trade specialist.

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Country Spotlight: Saudi Arabia

Saudi US

The Saudi health care sector remains the largest in the Near East North Africa region. Total spending on health care is estimated at $20 billion per year, with the Ministry of Health accounting for about 60 percent, other government entities at 19 percent and the private sector representing the balance. Medical devices expenditures represented 15 percent and pharmaceuticals at 25 percent. 

The 2014 budget allocated to the health care sector increased 8 percent, from $15.18 billion in 2013 to $16.5 billion in 2014. The budget included the construction of new primary care centers, 11 new hospitals, two medical cities and about 20 medical centers and polyclinics. In 2013, the Ministry completed the construction of 16 new hospitals with a capacity of more than 3,700 beds.

Read more about Saudi Arabia and 66 other country spotlights in our 2015 Healthcare Technology Resource Guide.

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Did You Know...?

Export Experts Share Experience 

Learn from industry veterans through this this series of six videos, as exporters share best practices and approaches to the global market.

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The Healthcare Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. health industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. To learn more about you how you can receive assistance in finding market intelligence, developing your export strategy, connecting with international buyers, or support at trade events, contact your Local Trade Specialists in one of our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers around the U.S.