Awareness Workshop: Introduction of Transitioning to High Value-Added Medical and Healthcare Device Market for Local Opto-mechatronics SMEs
By Ms Kaman CHAN and Ms Crystal CHUI
Organized by Hong Kong Opto-Mechatronics Industries Association (HKOMIA) and supported by BM Division, the captioned event was held on 24 October 2014 at Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC). This workshop aimed at providing the audiences a broad view of opto-mechatronics device in medical applications. Funded by the SME Development Fund (SDF), the workshop also introduced the quality management system for medical device manufacturing and the pilot scheme of the SDF project which aimed to support the upgrade of local opto-mechatronics industries SMEs to the high value added medical and healthcare device market.
The first speaker, Ir Prof Aaron HO, Professor of Department of Electrical Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, introduced the latest opto-mechatronics technologies, including the Optical Interferometer, Scanning Fiber Endoscope, Fluorescent DNA probing and Photodynamic Therapy to the audiences.
The second speaker, Dr David LUK, Associate Consultant of the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine of the United Christian Hospital, shared his clinical practice and experience of applying optical technologies for the detection of skin cancer. Participants also gained the chances to appreciate optical-related medical devices as an image capturing system for skin cancer analysis and a laser device for blood vessels detection were showcased to the audiences.
The third speaker, Mr William YIM, Vice President of HKOMIA, outlined the aspects that should be considered by the opto-mechatronics industries when they are exploring the medical device market, for example the capability of research team, commercial license, strategic partnership and global market trends of the medical and healthcare industry.
The fourth speaker, Mr Henry FONG, Associate Consultant of the Biomedical, Optical and Precision Engineering Unit of HKPC, shared his knowledge on establishing quality management system (QMS) for medical device design, manufacturing and distribution. During the workshop, Henry clearly explained the medical device quality system regulation (QSR) and pointed out the similarities and differences between ISO 9001 and ISO 13485.
Lastly, Ir Bryan So, Principal Consultant of the Biomedical, Optical and Precision Engineering Unit of HKPC, introduced examples of opto-mechatronic medical device and concluded the workshop with the summary of trends on biomedical R&D and requirements on regulatory compliance.
Through the workshop, participants gained a better understanding on the advanced medical technologies related to opto-mechatronics and specific idea on how opto-mechatronics industry can transform their businesses to high value-added medical and healthcare device market.