Attendance at the MD&M West belied fears that the economic downturn is adversely affecting the medical device industry. The device industry is largely thought to be recession resistant. Record numbers of exhibitors and attendees at the expo seem to support such optimism in the strength of the industry. Based on preliminary end-of-show reports, Canon is projecting an attendance increase of 4â€“5% for MD&M West alone, topping 16,000 attendees specifically interested in the medical device sector. Nonmedical attendance was slightly more than 30,000.