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Discover Global Markets: Healthcare Connections

September 13-15 | Seattle (Bellevue), WA

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for an international business conference designed to connect U.S. businesses to global healthcare opportunities!

  • Meet with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from over 20 countries worldwide for customized market insight
  • Connect with more than 20 international buyers
  • Network with trade experts, industry pros and fellow exporters
  • Participate in dynamic panel sessions 

Learn more here! http://export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/healthcareconnections/index.asp

Questions? Contact Tembi Secrist

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Trade Events

Webinar - Business Opportunities in the Pacific Rim

Join the U.S. Commercial Service for a series of five complimentary webinars focusing on business opportunities in leading and emerging Pacific Rim markets that are included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

The webinars will focus on the 11 TPP countries and will cover:

  • The top sectors for U.S. exports and the associated tariff reductions under TPP
  • Additional new market access benefits for U.S. manufacturers and service providers
  • Current investment and business climate

Series Schedule:

Conference - Health 2.0 Conference 

 Health 2.0 conferences are the leading showcases of cutting-edge innovation transforming the health care system worldwide. Health 2.0 covers the cloud, web, mobile, and platforms technology revolution that is innovating every sector of health care. Meet US Commercial Service healthcare specialists from select international markets and learn about global opportunities.

Companies and partners working with the US Department of Commerce receive a discounted rate ($1,350) using this code USCOMM for Standard Admission.  Register here. Start-ups get a special rate ($599) using our code USCOMMSU.  Start-up registration.  

Webinar - The European Medical Device Market & MEDICA 2016

Learn more about the European medical device market, and how to make your time at the world’s largest medical technology event MEDICA as productive as possible. We will discuss European medical device regulations, provide a general overview of the market, address logistics issues, and discuss the specifics of MEDICA for first-time attendees, experienced attendees, and companies interested in the event for future years.

  • When: October 5, 2016 / 12.00 pm U.S. Eastern Time
  • Who should attend: All U.S. exporters interested in the European medical device market; current and future MEDICA exhibitors.
  • Cost: Free

To register: Click Here 

Study Tour - Senior Care Study Tour to Yichang, China

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Chinese government are preparing an ambitious senior care development plan in parallel with China’s 13th Five-Year Plan in Yichang worth over $250 million.  This Senior Care Study Tour gives companies a “first look” opportunity to orient their businesses with one of the largest senior care development initiatives underway in China to address the Silver Tsunami, aka China’s rapidly aging population. The tour will explore the Elderly Care Public-Private Partnership Pilot Project in Yichang, located in Hubei province in China, which is being organized by local government agencies together with the ADB, for significant investment into Yichang’s aged-care program through the re-development and modernization of its city-wide senior care system.  

•             When: October 13-16, 2016 
•             Where: Yichang, Hubei province in China
•             Cost: RMB 3,860 (U$580) /person

Contact Charlotte (yaoyi.wang@trade.gov) for additional information.  For more details on the CareExpo StudyTour, click here: http://www.careexpochina.com/?p=7953-318.

Trade Fair - Join the U.S. Delegation at HealthAchieve 2016

 Attendance at HealthAchieve 2016 is a unique opportunity to meet key Canadian healthcare focused businesses, as well as federal and provincial government contacts. With over 6,000 specialists, 300 organizations and 200 world renowned speakers, the latest innovations and technologies in the Canadian medical device and health IT industries will be presented.  U.S. participants will benefit from complimentary show floor access, presentations on Canada’s healthcare procurement and regulatory requirements and targeted one-on-one appointments.  

  • When: November 6th-9th, 2016
  • Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Application deadline: The application deadline will be Wednesday August 31st, 2016
  • Cost: $1,500 for up to two participants

 For more information: Click here  

Trade Fair - CEO Program for U.S. Companies at MEDICA 2016

MEDICA 2016 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 14-17, 2016 (Monday – Thursday)
·         Where:  Dusseldorf, Germany
·         Application deadline:  August 12, 2016 (unless sold out sooner)
·         Cost: $6,000  

For more information, contact: Cindy Ma (Oakland); Leandro Solorzano (Fort Lauderdale) or Anette Salama (Dusseldorf/Germany) or visit here.

Trade Fair - Arab Health 2017

The U.S. Commercial Service Global Healthcare Team will be working with U.S. Pavilion organizers Kallman Worldwide to bring you “Business Connect;” a trade leads referral program.  

 At Arab Health 2017, we will also be offering our SHOWTIME complimentary service. This will be an opportunity for participating U.S. companies to meet one-on-one with our Embassy Commercial Experts and Commercial Diplomats to discuss the particular markets in the EMEA region that they represent. Our staff will work with you to consider your market entry/expansion strategy as well as to see what support and/or services we might be able to offer you to help you achieve your goals in the market.

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Trade Missions

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Join a World Class Cadre of U.S. Health IT Executives at the 3rd Annual Health IT Trade Mission to Brazil!

The US Commercial Service at the US Consulate in Sao Paulo Brazil is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Health IT Trade Mission to Brazil September 26-30. This high impact business focused mission will enable U.S. companies to build their businesses in one of the world’s largest health care markets.

Read what past participating executives are saying about this program: http://export.gov/brazil/industryhighlights/healthit/eg_br_101346.asp

  • When: September 26-30, 2016
  • Where: Sao Paulo and Recife, Brazil
  • Trade Mission info: Click here 


Business Development Mission to China

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, in cooperation with the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Mary Wakefield, will lead this trade mission, which seeks to provide U.S. firms and trade associations with access to Chinese Health Officials and the Chinese healthcare market while also assisting U.S. companies in the creation of business partnerships and export opportunities. It will include senior representatives from various U.S. firms and trade associations that provide high-end, innovative medical devices, healthcare IT equipment, pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, hospital and senior care management solutions, and medical education or 

  • When: October 16-21, 2016
  • Where: Beijing and Chongqing, China
  • Application deadline: The application deadline for this mission will be Friday, July 15, 2016. Applications received after the deadline will be considered as time and space permits.
  •  For more information, visit:  http://export.gov/china/healthcaretrademission/

2017 Trade Mission and Business Development Conference to Central America/Central America Webinar Series

 The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a Trade Mission to Central America, in conjunction with the Trade Americas – Opportunities in Central America Business Development Conference on March 26-31, 2017The Mission has been approved and posted in the Federal Register.  The mission is open to U.S. companies from a cross-section of industries but is strongly focused on companies representing Central America’s lead industries for U.S. exports and investment . 

·         When: March 26-31, 2017
·         Where: Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and Panama
·         Application Deadline: January 31, 2017.  Applications after the January 31st deadline will be considered as time and space permits.
·         For more information, visit: http://2016.export.gov/tradeamericas/tradeevents/trademissions/centralamerica/index.asp.

Central America Webinar Series:                  

The U.S. Commercial Service will be organizing a webinar series highlighting business opportunities in each Central American country, scheduled October 5 - January 11.  Each webinar will provide a market overview and highlight one export topic that will help to advance U.S. exports to the Central America region

 To learn more and to register: visit here

 Find more trade events here.

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Trade Leads

Japan: Organic Maltitol

China: Training Partnership with Hospital Obstetrician Department

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

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Country Spotlight: Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has a socialized healthcare system identified as the Costa Rican Social Security System (Costarricense de Seguro Social: CCSS, or “Caja,” as it is popularly known). This system includes 30 hospitals: 10 general hospitals, 7 regional hospitals (1 in each geographic region/province), and 13 peripheral hospitals, which vary in size. 16 of the hospitals are located in the Central Valley region of the country, where about one-half of the population lives. Additionally, the CCSS is responsible for approximately 500 clinics, and approximately 1,000 small attention units with only basic equipment, known as “Equipos Basicos de Atencion Integral” (EBAIS), which provide basic medical assistance to patients in remote areas of the country.  

The CCSS hospitals have approximately 6,000 beds, while there are approximately 223 beds in three private clinics/hospitals. The “Caja” buys approximately 90% of the medical equipment in Costa Rica. The public is very sensitive to the government's programs in public health and encourages, almost demands, replacement of obsolete medical equipment in the principal hospitals and clinics.

Read more about Costa Rica and 75 other country spotlights in our 2016 Healthcare Technology Resource Guide.

Did You Know...?

You Can Do A Quick Check on New Markets!

The Initial Market Check provides your company with preliminary information needed to evaluate market potential. You'll receive a written report that includes:

  • A preliminary snapshot of the market potential of your product/service
  • Feedback from local contacts, including their questions/responses and level of interest in your product/service
  • Analysis and recommendations for next steps

Find more trade resources here.

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