|[May 27, 2014]
Fact or Science Fiction? 3-D Printing Discussion Invades World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan --(Business Wire)--
Printing replacement body parts may sound like something from the realm
of science fiction, but that idea and that of others using 3-D
techniques for the mass production of medical devices will be the topic
of a keynote presentation at World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan 2014,
jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Health & Welfare Taiwan, Taiwan
External Trade Development Council, Global Benefits Association and
Medical Tourism Association, June 26-27, at the Taipei International
Dr. Scott Hollister, professor of biomedical engineering and director of
the Scaffold Tissue Engineering Group at the University of Michigan,
will present "Impacts of Advanced Technology in Medical Services,"
focusing on a hot topic - the theory that entire organs and body parts
can be bio-printed - that has not only captured the imagination of the
world, but, more specifically, the healthcare industry as well.
"Using 3-D images could revolutioize the way we look - quite literally
- at the way healthcare providers manufacture, distribute and modify
medical and dental devices," said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the
Medical Tourism Association®. "But, as fascinating as the prospect of
advancing health improvements through 3-D printing can be, public
discussions like this can serve to further balance safety issues without
According to the source, Taiwan recently launched a three-year, US$2.33
million (NT$70 million) program to cultivate local 3-D printing
capabilities. Speaking at the pre-event press conference on May 26, 2014
at Taipei International Convention Center, President & CEO of TAITRA
Peter Huang, said this event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Taiwan
to strengthen and work with medical providers throughout the world.
Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare Shiu Ming-neng also attended the
press conference, added this is a good opportunity in making "Service in
Taiwan" a visible new brand.
World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan 2014 will bring more than 400
participants from multinational employers and insurance companies from
25 countries to focus on networking while engaging in a diverse span of
industry topics including healthcare development and investment in
Taiwan, medical tourism research, healthcare free trade zones, global
insurance, wellness and clinical quality improvements. For a complete
list of speakers, go to: http://www.wmtctaiwan.com/speakers_year/2014-speakers/.
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