Since 2007, the MedTech Forum has gathered the European medical device value chain, leading innovators and investors to discuss the future opportunities in the medical technology sector. Barcelona is host of the 2022 edition, which will take place from 3 to 5 May. Sustainability is becoming an ever more important aspect of healthcare, and many actors are already taking actions to minimise sector's environmental footprint.
As the PVC industry has been pioneers in hospital recycling schemes for plastics-based medical devices, Ole Grøndahl Hansen from PVCMed Alliance and Vincent Stone from VinylPlus® Med have been invited to share experiences on how to make the use of PVC and plastics in healthcare more circular in two sessions:
In the panel dicussion on 4 May from 15:15 to 16:05, Ole Grøndahl Hansen and Vincent Stone will discuss how the industry is working to improve the sustainability performance of healthcare products. The session also features Laurens van Houte, who is Manager of the Surgical Department at Medisch Spectrum Twente, and is moderated by Valéri Rampi, Senior Manager, Environment and Sustainability, MedTech Europe.
In the panel discussion on 5 May from 12:20 to 13:10, Ole Grøndahl Hansen, Vincent Stone, Laurens van Houte and Renata Jovanovic from Deloitte will discuss how technologies can overcome some of the obstacles currently faced by the healthcare sector to achieve more “safe and sustainable chemicals and materials by design.” They will also make recommendations to the medical technology industry for improving their record.