Miami companies tap into Arab Health showcase
Written by Susan Danseyar on January 28, 2015
Miami companies had a chance to market their medical and healthcare products to an international audience and build trade partnerships in the Middle East during the Florida Showcase at Arab Health 2015.
The healthcare event, hosted by Enterprise Florida, the principal economic development organization for the state, was held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. It began Monday and ends today (1/29).
Arab Health, taking place for nearly 40 years, is the largest healthcare event in the Middle East. In 2014, the tradeshow attracted 112,103 visitors from more than 64 countries including medical staff, hospital management and dealer-distributors.
The Enterprise Florida-led trip represents the largest group of Florida small and mid-sized businesses to attend an international trade show in the past year. Of the 31 companies that participated, nine were awarded a Florida Trade grant.
This is the second year STAT Medical Devices Inc. of North Miami Beach has attended Arab Health. Long-time employee Rosalyn Silver told Miami Today this week that the benefit for the company is “being seen, letting others know about your product and what you can ship.” Last year, she said, STAT Medical Devices gained interest from distributors at the conference and is currently working with potential consumers buying the company’s product.
Before leaving for Dubai, director of sales Jack Huls said in a written release the Middle East has so many prospects for growth and STAT Medical Devices has greatly benefitted from attending missions with Enterprise Florida.
Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are an excellent market and business center of the Middle East and a gateway to Southeast Asia, particularly India, said Manny Mencia, senior vice president of international trade development for Enterprise Florida. He told Miami Today on Tuesday that Arab Health is particularly attractive for companies that want to diversify their exports.
“It’s the place to go to access technology and products in the life sciences field,” Mr. Mencia said.
According to Enterprise Florida, Florida has about 1,000 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, making it third in the US for pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing businesses. There are more than 44,000 healthcare establishments around the state and more than 700,000 healthcare professionals.
Enterprise Florida reports total projected sales from its recent events include the MEDICA world forum for medicine in Germany, where 25 Florida companies recorded more than $151 million in total projected sales.
The Miami companies and organizations that participated in the Florida Showcase at Arab Health 2015 include Alfa Vitamins Laboratories Inc., Bulbtronics, FIME, Gaumard Scientific and HNM Medical.
Also participating from Miami-Dade County were Atlas Specialty Lighting of Hialeah and US Defib Medical Technologies of Medley.