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Top 80 Medical Device Conferences in 2020

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Medical Device Conferences 2020 is our most comprehensive list of medical device conferences, trade shows, events, and meetings for the medical device industry.

These are the conferences, trade shows, and events the world’s leading professionals attend to do business, learn, and build and solidify relationships.

We at the Medical Devices Group make every effort for the list to be the best and most complete.

If an event is missing, please add it for free:


  1. ACC.20 Together With World Congress of Cardiology
    March 28 – 30, 2020 • Chicago, Illinois, USA

    This year the American College of Cardiology will join with the World Heart Federation to host ACC.20 Together With World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). Here you’ll get the latest science, innovation and practice-changing updates in care, with a special focus on global health. Join us Saturday, March 28 – Monday, March 30 in Chicago and engage face to face with colleagues from around the world!.


  2. Red Herring Europe
    March 29 – 31, 2020 • Amsterdam

    On March 29-31, 2020 in Amsterdam, Red Herring will bring together 250 C-level technology entrepreneurs, corporate strategists, and venture financiers from across the continent. We will explore the market’s appreciation of innovation as a fast-track to success, and how firms from the region are leading the charge in many tech sectors. It will discuss the drivers for successful entrepreneurship and will demonstrate how innovation is creating business opportunities for challengers and incumbents alike.


  3. 17th Annual World Health Care Congress
    March 29 – April 01, 2020 • Washington, DC

    17 Years of Empowering and Connecting Leaders in Health Care Transformation.


  4. Semi-Annual Medical Device Clinical Training & Education Conference
    March 31 – April 01, 2020 • San Diego, CA

    Enhancing clinical training and education for professionals, not only aids HCP’s skills in ensuring proper tool use and the improvement of product awareness, but additionally the safety and overall care of patients. In today’s healthcare environment, doctors and hospitals look to bring about the best approaches for improved quality through cutting edge technology and new surgical equipment techniques, customizing care for the individual. With the rise of new approaches, trainers must ensure physicians are up to speed on market trends and are constantly engaged in learning about these new tools, the techniques, and the proper utilization of the medical devices for optimal care and well-being.


  5. Public Meeting – Food and Drug Administration’s Communications About the Safety of Medical Devices
    April 1, 2020 • White Oak Campus: The Great Room Conference Center 10903 New Hampshire Ave, USA

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the following public meeting entitled “Food and Drug Administration’s Communications About the Safety of Medical Devices.” The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the development, content and format of FDA safety communications about medical devices. It is not intended to inform the criteria for when the FDA would issue a communication. The goal of this public meeting is to share the FDA’s current practices about medical device safety communications, and to hear from our stakeholders (including patients and caregivers, healthcare providers, regulated industry, and media) about how we can improve our safety communications to assure they receive the information they need in a timely, clear, and consistent manner.


  6. MedTecLIVE
    March 31 – 02 April 2020 • Nuremberg, Germany

    Combining Medtec Europe and MT-CONNECT created THE new medical technology event. MedtecLIVE is clearly focused on the entire value chain in the manufacture of medical technology, from prototyping to full scale manufacturing and post manufacturing processes.


  7. Med-Tech Innovation Expo
    April 01 – 02, 2020 • NEC Birmingham, UK

    Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK & Ireland’s leading event for medical design and manufacturing technology. Experience live demonstrations of the latest machines, technology, products and services while networking with 4,000+ designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from across the medical and healthcare sector. Be inspired by thought-leaders across three conference stages as they discuss medtech, medical plastics, digital healthtech, pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, start-ups and more. Discover new solutions, materials, machines, applications and suppliers. Join the fastest growing event in medtech. We’ll see you there!Design of Medical Devices Conference is a premiere medical devices conference consists of four days of workshops, symposiums, scientific poster sessions and technical/scientific sessions, with topics such as Advances in Medical Devices, Electroporation Technology & Devices, Reimbursement for MedTech, Virtual Reality in MedDevices, Pediatric Interventions, etc.


  8. Life Science Leader Summit at UCSD
    April 02, 2020 • Scripps Institute, UC San Diego CA

    Anyone that has been a biopharma/medtech executive for more than 5 minutes knows that finding a forum of peers to have a deep, candid discussion about industry challenges is hard to find. Sure, there are conferences everywhere- but those are more about sponsor presentations and free keychains. Introducing LS2 – a private Summit designed by life science executives, like you.
    ***For MEDICAL DEVICES GROUP MEMBERS, 50% discount will be given by using the code MDG***


  9. Drug/Device and Device/Drug Combinations in the EU and USA
    April 02 – 03, 2020 • The Cavendish Hotel 81 Jermyn Street, London SW1 6JF

    The demarcation between medicinal products and devices is becoming ever more important and, with the convergence of emerging novel technologies, the number of drug/device combination products and medical devices incorporating a medicinal substance is increasing. At the same time, cell therapy and tissue-engineered products are being combined with both pharmaceuticals and medical devices. This seminar will address the European and FDA regulatory requirements, help you define the regulatory route for your product and offer practical guidance on Notified Body expectations, clinical trial considerations and post- market surveillance of borderline products. Participants will have an invaluable opportunity to discuss the complex issues involved with key regulatory experts in this field.


  10. EgyMedica
    April 02 – 04, 2020 • Cairo International Convention Center

    Join leading companies for their workshops to hear first-hand about the latest medical lab innovations available to your organization.


  11. Medicall (25th Edition)
    April 03 – 05, 2020 • Hyderabad, India

    Medicall, is India’s largest B2B Medical Equipment Exhibition is organized by Medexpert Business Consultants Pvt Ltd, promoted by Dr. Manivannan S, Managing Director of Kauvery hospital a 1000 bedded Hospital group in South India. This hospital was started 19 years back with 30 beds by young professionals with limited knowledge about hospital industry. They faced many hurdles in their course of growth. Medicall was born with the idea to share their expertise with the fellow medical fraternity. Early in his career, he identified that nursing homes, small hospitals and clinics in tier 2 and 3 cities faced a distinct disadvantage in the market while procuring hospital equipment or service. They neither had the choice nor the price advantage enjoyed by the biggies.


  12. Design of Medical Devices Conference
    April 06 – 09, 2020 • McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, USA

    Design of Medical Devices Conference is a premiere medical devices conference consists of four days of workshops, symposiums, scientific poster sessions and technical/scientific sessions, with topics such as Advances in Medical Devices, Electroporation Technology & Devices, Reimbursement for MedTech, Virtual Reality in MedDevices, Pediatric Interventions, etc.


  13. North Africa Health
    April 07 – 09, 2020 • Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC), Cairo

    The North Africa Health Expo is the leading healthcare platform serving the North African region. The full-scale exhibition brings together key players, decision makers and professionals in the global healthcare market under one roof to meet and do business. The exhibition also offers a diverse range of educational content for healthcare professionals.


  14. Life Science Leader Summit at Stanford University
    April 09, 2020 • Stanford University, Stanford CA

    Anyone that has been a biopharma/medtech executive for more than 5 minutes knows that finding a forum of peers to have a deep, candid discussion about industry challenges is hard to find. Sure, there are conferences everywhere- but those are more about sponsor presentations and free keychains. Introducing LS2 – a private Summit designed by life science executives, like you.
    ***For MEDICAL DEVICES GROUP MEMBERS, 50% discount will be given by using the code MDG***


  15. 10x Medical Device Conference
    April 15 – 16, 2020 • Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, CA

    10x Medical Device Conference is the cross-functional event where the entire medical device ecosystem convenes to grow your skills, network, and profit. It’s designed to foster strong professional relationships among medical device players eager to learn smarter ways to do things with industry-leading resources. For what level? This medical device event is geared equally for senior and junior level professionals in the medical device industry. If you’re senior, you’ll return with ideas the team can use. If junior, you’ll return with specific lessons, materials, and action items to do your job better.


  16. Society Of Hospital Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting
    April 15 – 18, 2020 • San Diego Convention Center


  17. 5th Annual ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2020
    April 16 – 17, 2020 • Boston, MA

    The ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2020 aims to bring together leading regulatory experts to discuss the most important challenges in the industry.


  18. 14th International Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Ethics & Compliance Congress
    April 20 – 22, 2020 • Sheraton München Arabellapark Hotel, Munich, Germany

    The International Pharmaceutical and Medical Device International Ethics & Compliance Congress is committed to the advancement of the industry’s ethics and compliance profession. The life sciences industry continues to be a highly-regulated and high-risk industry, and adherence to applicable regulations and codes fosters a culture of “doing what is right”. This forum enables participants to keep their fingers on the pulse of enforcement trends, engage in interactive discussions, identify best practices, and explore how to operationalize innovative solutions.


  19. Hannover Messe
    April 20 – 24, 2020 • Hannover, Germany

    Find out what’s behind the latest global industry trends in forums, podium discussions, presentations, and conventions. Top speakers share their experiences and deliver invaluable insights. Exchange ideas with your peers and gain new knowledge that extends beyond your industry. You can look forward to a diverse program of events throughout the entire week of the trade fair. Make sure to check it out.


  20. World Medical Innovation Forum
    April 21 – 23, 2020 • The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

    Our annual Innovation Summit Dublin investment and networking medical device conference has been attended by over 4,000 medtech executives from around the globe. This networking event includes 3 full days of panel discussions and keynote presentations dedicated to exploring the needs, opportunities and challenges facing the global medtech industry.


  21. ICPDME 2020: 14. International Conference on Product Design in Medical Electronics
    April 23 – 24, 2020 • New York, United States

    ICPDME 2020: 14. International Conference on Product Design in Medical Electronics aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Product Design in Medical Electronics. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Product Design in Medical Electronics.


  22. WONCA Asia Pacific region conference 2020
    April 23 – 26, 2020 • Auckland, New Zealand

    WONCA is an unusual, yet convenient acronym comprising the first five initials of the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians. WONCA’s short name is World Organization of Family Doctors.


  23. 13th Annual FDA/AdvaMed Medical Devices and Diagnostics Statistical Issues Conference
    April 23 – 24, 2020 • Washington, DC

    Join us on April 23-24, 2020 for the 13th Annual Medical Devices and Diagnostics Statistical Issues Conference in Washington, DC. This annual conference brings together leading authorities from FDA, industry and academia to address the latest statistical trends and issues facing medtech organizations. This two-day conference allows attendees to take a deeper dive into either therapeutic device or diagnostics topics and will include topic table discussions and a poster session.


  24. The Medical Device & IoT Summit
    April 23 – 24 • The Inn at Longwood Medical, 342 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA

    The Medical Device and IoT Summit explores all of these issues and more to provide actionable information for device manufacturers, software developers, provider organizations and investors. The Summit will focus on overcoming key challenges, transforming care and enhancing privacy and security in the acute care, alternate site and home settings.


  25. 47th ISSLS Annual Meeting combined with Spineweek
    April 27 – May 01, 2020 • Melbourne, Australia

    The purpose of The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, a non-profit organization founded in 1974, is to bring together those individuals throughout the world, who, by their contributions and activities both in the area of research and clinical study, have, or are indicating interest in the lumbar spine in health and in disease.


  26. Life Science Leader Summit at the Harvard Club
    April 30, 2020 • Harvard University, Cambridge MA

    Anyone that has been a biopharma/medtech executive for more than 5 minutes knows that finding a forum of peers to have a deep, candid discussion about industry challenges is hard to find. Sure, there are conferences everywhere- but those are more about sponsor presentations and free keychains. Introducing LS2 – a private Summit designed by life science executives, like you.
    ***For MEDICAL DEVICES GROUP MEMBERS, 50% discount will be given by using the code MDG***


  27. Introduction to the In-Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR)
    May 05 – 06, 2020 • Rembrandt Hotel, London

    The In-Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (EU) 2017/746, which came into force in May 2017 with a transition period of five years, is intended to strengthen the current approval system for in-vitro diagnostics and makes substantial changes to the existing IVD Directive (98/79/EC) legislation. The Regulation introduces a new risk-rule classification system based on the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) rules which, for the first time, takes patient impact into consideration. This will have a significant impact on all manufacturers of IVDs as about 80 per cent of all devices will now require some form of conformity assessment by a Notified Body.


  28. 4th Medical Devices Innovation Programme
    May 05 – 06, 2020 • Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston at Logan Airport, MA, United States

    Top-level Industry leaders from around 25+ Countries come to join MDIP and leave with an exceptional experience that they return to the conferences year after year. Delegates attending our event are asked to complete a questionnaire, which confirms their R&D budget.


  29. FDA/Xavier MedCon Conference 2020
    May 05 – 08, 2020 • Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Avenue Cincinnati, OH, 45207 United States

    FDA/Xavier MedCon brings the global medical device community together to openly discuss the most pressing issues facing our industry. You have the opportunity to influence decisions and have your voice heard as you interact with leading FDA officials and field investigators, along with global industry experts.


  30. BIOMedevice
    May 06 – 07, 2020 • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

    Explore the latest medtech trends and technologies at BIOMEDevice Boston, featuring one additional expo — Design & Manufacturing New England.
    Don’t miss New England’s largest medical technology event, featuring the most extensive showcase of medtech, and design engineering products from top companies, all on one floor.


  31. Pharmaceuticals Utilitarian Conferences Gathering
    May 11 – 12, 2020 • Berlin, Germany

    The UCG OCM would like to invite Pharmacist, experts, professors, students, practitioners, medical specialists, clinical scientists, technologists and other healthcare professionals to the Pharmaceuticals Utilitarian Conference going to be held in Berlin, Germany. Our main aim is to bring leading researchers, scientists, and research scholars researchers to exchange, discuss and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Pharmaceuticals. This Conference aims to provide participants working in Pharmaceuticals medicine with a venue in maintaining cutting-edge knowledge and skills in their fields including Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Smart Drug Delivery Systems, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Pharmacognosy, Digital Pharma, Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Formulations, Pharmaceutical Regulatory Science and other disciplines.


  32. Nursing and Healthcare Utilitarian Conferences Gathering
    May 11 – 12, 2020 • Berlin, Germany

    On behalf of the Nursing and Healthcare Committee, it gives us a great pleasure to announce Nursing and Healthcare 2020 scheduled on May 11-12,2020 in Berlin, Germany. Our Gathering aims to bring all the Directors, Specialists, Professors, Doctors, Scientists, Academicians, Nurses, Students, Researchers, Business Delegates, Industrialists to share the knowledge, experience, challenges, innovations and trends encountered in the field of Nursing and Healthcare.


  33. Gastroenterology Utilitarian Conferences Gathering
    May 11 – 12, 2020 • Berlin, Germany

    On behalf of UCG, we extend a warm greeting in welcoming you to the Gastroenterology Conference happening during May 11-12, 2020, at Berlin, Germany. The theme of the Conference is Gastroenterology – Reinventing the life balance. It is an auspicious time to make contact, discuss and share problems, the experience of mutual interest with attendees from all over the world. UCG has worked hard, and we have an exciting program for Gastro Conference that will allow attendees to reflect upon & celebrate accomplishments, extend networks, and can explore both current & future research. We hope that this conference will be a productive, fun-filled time and memorable one.
    The agenda of the Gastro conference covers a wide range of interesting topics. Our conference aims to provide an opportunity to expand their knowledge by exploring, sharing the new research, techniques, experience under one roof. Hope to see you at Berlin, Germany.


  34. Diabetes and Endocrinology Utilitarian Conferences Gathering
    May 11 – 12, 2020 • Berlin, Germany

    We cordially invite you to the Diabetes and Endocrinology Conference set up in Berlin, Germany during May 11-12, 2020. The theme of the conference is “Connecting and Interacting with the latest findings in Diabetes and Endocrinology”. Diabetes conferences includes Keynote lectures and workshops. Meet the experts from all over the world to discuss various sessions on connecting, interacting and transforming the innovations in Diabetes and Endocrinology and to promote international collaboration in clinical and research practice. Delegates, poster sessions are from all around the world to present this exciting program.
    We look forward to welcoming you to Berlin in 2020.


  35. World Medical Innovation Forum
    May 11 – 13, 2020 • Boston, MA USA

    The Forum is a global gathering of more than 1,700 senior health care leaders in the heart of Boston. It was established to respond to the intensifying transformation of health care and its impact on innovation. The Forum is rooted in the belief that no matter the magnitude of that change, the center of health care needs to be a shared, fundamental commitment to collaborative innovation – industry and academia working together to improve patient lives.


  36. Semi-Annual Medical Device Clinical Training & Education Conference
    May 12 – 13, 2020 • Charlotte, NC

    Enhancing clinical training and education for professionals, not only aids HCP’s skills in ensuring proper tool use and the improvement of product awareness, but additionally the safety and overall care of patients. In today’s healthcare environment, doctors and hospitals look to bring about the best approaches for improved quality through cutting edge technology and new surgical equipment techniques, customizing care for the individual. With the rise of new approaches, trainers must ensure physicians are up to speed on market trends and are constantly engaged in learning about these new tools, the techniques, and the proper utilization of the medical devices for optimal care and well-being.


  37. MedTech Summit
    May 13 – 14, 2020 • Tokyo, Japan

    The Theme of Health Science Congress 2020 is to “Novel Advancements in the field of Medical and Health Science”. The Health Science Congress 2020 conference is an International conference of 2 days, providing the most up-to-date information, research, guidance and policy discussion for professionals in the medical and health science field. It is your opportunity to learn and network with friends and colleagues from around the globe while having fun at the same time.

  38. Global Clinical Trials Connect 2020
    May 13 – 14, 2020 • HILTON LONDON KENSINGTON, London, UK

    The 4th Annual Global Clinical Trials Connect 2020 will provide a platform to discuss on the futuristic advancements in clinical trials and clinical research. This multidisciplinary program involves broad participation of people from clinical trials community from around the globe who are focused on learning more about clinical research, clinical trials planning and management. The Pharma and Bio-Tech companies are consistently evolving and new clinical studies, technologies and advancements in care and treatments have augmented the efficiency and at the same time the complexity of clinical trials has increased, with tests being carried out in a highly structured and closely coordinated manner. It is high time that we look into innovative strategies, new technologies, effective and quality collaborations to address these issues, which can cater to the needs of the patient and the industry.


  39. SouthEast MedTech Forum 2020
    May 19 – 20, 2020 • Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

    Southeast MedTech Forum 2020 was created to alleviate that challenge and provide medtech founders, CEOs, and investors with an intimate forum, and an agenda custom designed to provide attendees with valuable and actionable insights into the evolving medical device industry.


  40. AusMedtech 2020
    May 20 – 21, 2020 • Melbourne Convention Centre

    AusMedtech 2020 is Australia’s premier medical technology conference, delivered by the industry, for the industry. With the theme ‘Medtech made to measure’, AusMedtech 2020 will present an engaging and innovative line up of keynote speakers and expert panellists who will share their expertise, insight and commentary on a range of topics both practical and inspirational. AusMedtech 2020 will focus on the increasing personalisation in medical technology, from customised prosthetics and surgical advances, to personalised implants and connected devices.


  41. The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
    May 20 – 24, 2020 • Fukuoka International Congress Center, Fukuoka, Japan

    The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) will be held at the Fukuoka International Congress Center, Fukuoka Sunpalace Hotel & Hall, Marine Messe Fukuoka and Fukuoka Kokusai Center in Fukuoka City for four days from May 21 (Thursday) to 24 (Sunday), 2020.


  42. Life Science Leader Summit at Wharton
    May 21, 2020 • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

    Anyone that has been a biopharma/medtech executive for more than 5 minutes knows that finding a forum of peers to have a deep, candid discussion about industry challenges is hard to find. Sure, there are conferences everywhere- but those are more about sponsor presentations and free keychains. Introducing LS2 – a private Summit designed by life science executives, like you.
    ***For MEDICAL DEVICES GROUP MEMBERS, 50% discount will be given by using the code MDG***


  43. Surgicalpathology 2020
    May 23 – 24, 2020 • London, United Kingdom

    Surgical Pathology 2020 plans to assemble the Scientists, Researchers, Pathologists, Physicians, Students, principal agents and specialists operating underneath erudite world and clinical and health care business, Business Delegates and understudies over the world to present a universal discussion to share distinctive analysis ideas, new thoughts and handy improvement experiences for the property development within the areas of Surgical Pathology and Cancer designation. We tend to trust that you just can get a handle on this scholastic event to renew the continued associations and glimmer with new companions globally. It focuses on the recent propelled methods to differentiate the turmoil in an exceedingly fast and convenient approach.


  44. The MedTech Forum & The Global MedTech Compliance Conference
    May 25 – 27, 2020 • Berlin, Germany

    The MedTech Forum is one of the largest health and medical technology industry conferences in Europe and a key event since 2007. Join industry leaders, leading innovators and investors to discuss the future opportunities in the medical technology sector.


  45. Intermeditech – Paris Health Care Week
    May 26 – 28, 2020 • Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Hall 1

    HopitalExpo, trade show of expertise for the hospital environment; materials, equipment, technologies and services. As a partner exhibition of HopitalExpo, GerontHandicapExpo offers a program dedicated to professionals and to the medico-social actors specializing in the care of elderly and disabled persons. GerontHandicapExpo has become the leader of all trade shows and events dedicated to the medico-social sector. By definition, Health-ITExpo is a window on the future. It accompanies the transformation in healthcare activity and coverage through the use of information and communication technologies within healthcare and medico-social institutions. Today, the event has become a reflection of the digital revolution taking place in the industry.


  46. Additive Manufacturing & 3D Innovations
    May 27 – 28, 2020 • Minneapolis, MN

    Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing are changing the game—advancing medicine through new product development and manufacturing techniques. 3D innovations enable personalization and the ability to break free from design limitations. ASME is bridging the gap between medicine, engineering, and manufacturing by facilitating collaboration that accelerates development and results. AM Medical offers a new interactive event focusing exclusively on 3D innovations in a dynamic, collaborative environment for learning and sharing. Be part of the movement that’s driving patient care through innovative devices, cutting edge technologies and collaboration.


  47. Red Herring North America
    June 2020 • California

    In June 2020 Red Herring will bring together 300 C-level technology entrepreneurs, corporate strategists, and venture financiers from across the continent. We will explore the market’s appreciation of innovation as a fast-track to success, and how firms from the region are leading the charge in many tech sectors. It will discuss the drivers for successful entrepreneurship and will demonstrate how innovation is creating business opportunities for challengers and incumbents alike.


  48. Euro-CNS Congress 2020
    June 03 – 06, 2020 • Odense, Denmark

    The next Euro-CNS Congress will be held from 3-6 June 2020, in Odense, Region of Southern Denmark. The congress will be hosted by the Scandinavian Neuropathological Society. The congress will focus on molecular mechanisms explaining pathological and clinical manifestations of neurological diseases. An important issue will be the integration of novel molecular technologies into neuropathology. The scientific program will include lectures by top scientists about cutting-edge technologies and workshops focusing on the practical approach in an innovative interactive way.


  49. ICBMMD 2020: 14. International Conference on Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices
    June 04 – 05, 2020 • New York, United States

    ICBMMD 2020: 14. International Conference on Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices.

  50. 15th EILAT Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs and Devices
    June 07 – 10, 2020 • Meliá Castilla Hotel & Convention Center in Madrid, Spain

    Based on the success of the past fourteen Eilat Conferences on New Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs), the Organizing Committee takes pleasure in inviting you to participate in the Fifteenth Eilat Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs and Devices (EILAT XV), which will take place in Madrid, Spain, June 7-10, 2020. For the forthcoming conference, we will be continuing with debates as well as adhering to the format of the previous conferences which are designed to provide an in-depth progress report on new antiepileptic drugs in various stages of development, as well as to present new findings on second-generation treatments.


  51. 6th World Congress on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    June 08 – 09, 2020 • Frankfurt, Germany

    A meet of 6th World Congress on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is going to be held at Frankfurt, Germany during June 8-9, 2020. It’s extremely a great pleasure to welcome all the researches of their separate work on PCOS, scholars, it’s an extraordinary chance to go to this meet what investigates the information about the turmoil of PCOS and it’s an exceptionally awesome benefit to have key speakers who will investigate their perspectives about the PCOS. The remarkable congress that which gives the book loaded with attention to the ladies about the PCOS.


  52. AAMI Exchange 2020
    June 12 – 15, 2020 • New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

    The AAMI Exchange is the premier global health technology event that connects healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, biomedical and clinical engineers, technicians, cybersecurity and sterilization experts, hospital administrators and managers, and the industry’s leading service and solution providers. The AAMI Exchange provides a forum for broad conversations among these stakeholders on the ever-changing industry of medical technology.


  53. DIA 2020 Global Annual Meeting
    June 14 – 18, 2020 • Washington, DC

    For more than 50 years, DIA has provided the world’s largest global, neutral stage for life science professionals to come together and address healthcare challenges. Driven by purpose and focused on the future of health, the stakeholders who gather at our Global Annual Meeting advance science and technology for public health impact – today, and for generations to come.


  54. Medical Device Manufacturing and R&D Summit
    June 22 – 23, 2020 • Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV, United States

    The Medical Device R&D Summit is the premium forum bringing together medical device R&D executives with leading solution providers. As an invitation-only event taking place behind closed doors, the Summit offers an intimate environment for focused discussion on cutting-edge technology, strategy and implementation of solutions to forward-thinking medical device companies interested in staying ahead of the market.


  55. MedTech Summit
    June 22 – 26, 2020 • Citywest Hotel , Dublin


    Thank you to everyone who attended the MedTech Summit 2019! Mark your calendar for next year’s meeting on 22 – 26 June 2020. Talking regulatory and clinical strategies, PMS & vigilance, legal, combination products, sterilisation and emerging market requirements. NEW IN 2019: Clinical outsourcing PLUS 2 training courses.


  56. MedFIT
    June 30 – July 01, 2020 • Grenoble, France

    Gathering 700 international participants from over 25 countries, MedFIT is the leading European business convention dedicated to innovation partnerships in the fields of medical technology, diagnostics and digital health sector.
    MedFIT is the place-to-be to identify innovative products and technologies, to build R&D, find licensing opportunities and financial partnerships. The event brings together industry leaders, innovative MedTechs, diagnostics start-ups, TTOs, academic institutions, R&D services as well as companies and investors to help facilitate market access for innovations.


  57. 42nd Annual Diagnostic Imaging: Back to the Vineyard
    July 06 – 10, 2020 • Harbor View HotelEdgartown, Massachusetts

    Our five-day summer seminar returns in 2020 to Martha’s Vineyard. This program is designed to educate radiologists who perform and interpret imaging examinations. Lectures will offer interpretation advice and practical tips in the areas of thoracic, abdominal, and neuroradiology. This year, guest speaker Dr. Elliot Fishman from Johns Hopkins Medicine, will team-up with our Penn Faculty for new and exceptional lectures in body CT.


  58. Medicall (26th Edition)
    July 24 – 26, 2020 • Chennai

    Medicall, is India’s largest B2B Medical Equipment Exhibition is organized by Medexpert Business Consultants Pvt Ltd, promoted by Dr. Manivannan S, Managing Director of Kauvery hospital a 1000 bedded Hospital group in South India. This hospital was started 19 years back with 30 beds by young professionals with limited knowledge about hospital industry. They faced many hurdles in their course of growth. Medicall was born with the idea to share their expertise with the fellow medical fraternity. Early in his career, he identified that nursing homes, small hospitals and clinics in tier 2 and 3 cities faced a distinct disadvantage in the market while procuring hospital equipment or service. They neither had the choice nor the price advantage enjoyed by the biggies.


  59. National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students (NCFMRMS)
    July 29 – August 01, 2020 • KC Convention Center Kansas City, MO

    National Conference is the place for residents and medical students to learn more about family medicine, develop leadership skills, influence AAFP policy, explore residency programs, and connect with potential employers. Take advantage of this opportunity to shape your career.


  60. Healthcare Governance Conference 2020
    July 29 – August 01, 2020 • JW Marriott Austin

    THT is dedicated to providing affordable and customized education and coaching for hospital and system board members. If your hospital is looking for solutions or a deep dive into any health care governance topics THT can help!


  61. Florida Academy of Physician Assistants Symposium (FAPA)
    July 29 – August 02, 2020 • JW Marriott Marco Island Marco Island, FL

    The Florida Academy of Physician Assistants is the only organization that promotes and protects the PA profession in Florida. FAPA’s Legislative Executive Committee (LEC) volunteers work diligently year-long to ensure that PAs have a voice and a vote in Tallahassee. The FAPA LEC is composed of current and past FAPA leaders that embody the history and future of PA practice and members of the FAPA Leadership Academy with an interest in legislative and government affairs. The FAPA LEC engages with Corinne Mixon and her team at Rutledge-Ecenia every day. Corinne and her team have helped ensure FAPA’s legislative success for 22 years, working tirelessly to ensure physician assistants are included in all relevant legislation.


  62. Medical Philippines Expo 2020
    August 12 – 14, 2020 • SMX Convention Center, Pasay city, Philippines

    The 5th Edition of MEDICAL Philippines 2020 (co-located with PHARMA PHILIPPINES 2020 and DENTAL PHILIPPINES 2020) is the only specialized medical, dental, and pharmaceutical event in the Philippines that brings together an international congregation of medical and healthcare equipment and services, dental technology and pharmaceutical companies, and its supporting industries gathered in Manila to showcase the latest developments in the medical, dental, and pharmaceutical industry. Fireworks Exhibitions and Conferences has successfully organized international medical events such as Medical Asia Thailand, Thai Medical Expo, and Medical Myanmar. Fireworks Exhibitions and Conferences is the organizer of this premier event in Philippines.


  63. biomedicaldevices 2020
    August 13 – 14, 2020 • Venice, Italy

    Biomedicaldevices-2020 brings together scientists, researchers, practitioners, students, industry experts, device manufacturers, policymakers, members of associations and academic professionals to share research outcomes and discuss new developments and product offerings in biodevices while fostering new connections among business and academic professionals. Research results reported at the conference will indicate future directions for the diagnosis, management, and treatment of various diseases.


  64. European Summit on Personalized Medicine and Pharmacogenomics
    August 17 – 18, 2020 • Berlin, Germany

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How 3D Printing Can Change Your Approach to Medical Device Development

12 min reading time

How 3D Printing Can Change Your Approach to Medical Device Development
Presented by Rick Gillespie, Fisher Unitech
at the 10x Medical Device Conference – Secaucus 2018


Rick Gillespie: Good morning. As Joe said, my name is Rick Gillespie. I represent a company called Fisher Unitech. I’ll talk a little bit about them this morning.

Just to give you a little bit of my background, I’m excited to be here for this inaugural event. I worked for Stryker Orthopedics for 12 years in their sales and marketing department. And I have a real interest in medical device, so I’m very happy to talk to you today about 3D printing and how that can impact your company and the types of products you’re developing.

This morning we’ll talk a little bit about 3D printing mostly in medical and, at the end of the presentation, we’ll have a couple of case studies that we’ll share with actual companies that are 3D printing.

A little bit about who we are — Fisher Unitech partners with a company called Stratasys. Stratasys, for the last 25 years, has been the foremost company in the 3D printing world. Over half of all printers in existence in America in companies today were manufactured by Stratasys. They lead the market.

And Fisher Unitech is the largest Stratasys reseller in North America. We have over 50,000 customers who are in 22 states. We have the largest technical support staff of any company in the 3D printing industry. So, that’s a little bit about who we are.

Let’s talk a little bit about how important is 3D printing. I thought it was appropriate to actually put up a quote from one of our customers. This is an Israeli startup. That’s a Stratasys customer, and this is a very bold statement that this particular engineer made — “we don’t think, we print.” Well, when you think about that, that tells you how important 3D printing is in their development process.

So let’s talk about that a little bit. First of all, who in here has had any experience with 3D printing in any way shape or form? Raise your hand. Okay, a few people. For those of you that aren’t familiar with exactly what 3D printing is, it’s also called additive manufacturing and it’s the process where we can actually create a physical model from a 3D computer file.

And there are many different ways to 3D print using different materials. We promote several different types of 3D printing. One is called a fused deposition modeling or FDM where we utilize a high-performance thermoplastic, heat that, and apply layer by layer from the bottom up to create a 3D object.

We also promote a technology called PolyJet. PolyJet uses photopolymer resins and, in something very much like an inkjet printer, lays down a very thin layer of this resin and then passes it with an ultraviolet light to cure that.

We have an example of a 3D printer right in our booth right behind the audience in the orange Fisher Unitech booth, and we also offer a product that prints actual metal parts. Okay?

So why 3D printing in medical? Every other industry in the world is utilizing 3D printing, including medical. It’s been a little bit of a slower start in a medical field. There are some regulations and things that have to be adhered to in the medical field that makes it a little bit more difficult to rapidly grow into this field, but it’s very viable and we are doing 3D printing in medical to try to keep pace with some of the challenges in that field, as you well know.

And there really are three that are major challenges right now that 3D printing is able to address and help.

One of those is the rising cost of healthcare. In most countries around the world, the healthcare costs are outpacing inflation. So it’s very expensive. You know, companies like yours are forced to find ways to be able to deliver their products in a more efficient fashion and a cost-effective fashion in order to be profitable.

The aging population — people are living longer these days. They’re requiring more of our resources for healthcare. So it’s incumbent upon companies again to find efficiencies and find different ways to do things.

The third one is in relating to insurance companies. Insurance companies are now paying hospitals differently than they have in the past. Instead of the traditional fee-for-service model where surgeons would perform or doctors would perform an operation and the hospital would get paid by the insurance company, hospitals are now requiring and reimbursing based on outcomes, patient outcomes.

And that takes into consideration many different factors including patient satisfaction after the fact. Did they get readmitted after the procedure? Many things enter into this. In some cases, hospitals that can’t meet those guidelines are actually being penalized or having reimbursement monies being held back until they’re able to basically improve those processes to be able to meet all the guidelines.

So, it’s a whole different landscape out there, and 3D printing in the medical field is very important because we address each and every one of these.

Let’s talk a little bit about 3D printing in your world. If we look at the product development lifecycle, which are the arrows across the top in the white. These are the major buckets that you deal in when you’re developing products. And the arrows in the blue are some of the solutions that 3D printing offers to help improve upon some of those areas.

Let’s take a look at those one at a time. We will go through them quickly. In terms of research and development, this is where ideas come to life. 3D printing is giving companies the ability to rapidly develop prototypes of the ideas and the products that they are trying to bring to market, and they’re able to do so much quicker and it’s such a less expense than they have in the past.

And that’s important because in many cases, as you well know if you’re in the product development area, there are a lot of changes that are made along the path, along that continuum. And the ability of companies to be able to print actual models that they can deliver to a physician or a surgeon and actually give them the ability to hold on to that thing and spin it around in your hand and try it out, here’s nothing like that. I came from Stryker, and I can tell you that the implants that we would design and develop went through stringent testing and iterations with our surgeon consultants.

Prototype tooling — Not only are you able to develop aesthetic prototypes that look good, but with 3D printing and some of the materials that are available, we’re actually able to put those prototypes through a testing process. And actually, we can make injection mold production parts rather quickly and very inexpensively.

Injection molding and tooling is very costly, takes a lot of time, but more importantly, it takes a lot of money. Being able to print these molds out in hours or days versus weeks or months is invaluable to companies, reducing the costs by over 60% and reducing time by over 90%, being able to bring products to market much quicker than they have in the past.

Let’s talk about some about testing of these products.

With 3D printing, we are able to produce realistic anatomical models, and these models are made of various materials. They can mimic bone. They can mimic soft tissue. As you see the picture here, this is a vascular model that is used at the Jacobs Institute in Buffalo, New York. They literally are able to hook these models up to devices to test fluid pressures, heat. They put them under realistic human environments to be able to test medical devices in these models.

Being able to test the device prior to taking it into the operating room is so important to our surgeons. So we’re able to help eliminate the trial and error that used to be by developing these models. And the beauty of this is these models can be printed out with specific pathologies. They’re not generic models off the shelf. These are patient-specific models, in some cases, that they’re able to do these real-life testing on. And then the beauty is they can store them digitally and use them down the road again to train other surgeons and other residents.

3D printed medical devices and components
The manufacturing process — the benefits of that. With 3D printing, as you can see in this picture, we’re able to actually produce production quality parts off the 3D printer to be able to share designs of the model of the products that your companies are developing, and we’re able to put these in the hands of the clinicians to be able to test these devices.

Situations like this where it might be a rather low-volume production run of, let’s say, the housing on this particular device right here, being able to do those directly from a 3D printer in a high quality enough that it looks like a finished product is a great thing and can help move the process along rather quickly.

Also in the manufacturing area, with a 3D printer in-house, companies are able to produce jigs and fixtures and tools in a manufacturing process to speed up the design, to speed up the actual putting together of the materials into parts. These things can be built onsite in a short amount of time, literally hours or days versus weeks or months.

I can’t tell you how valuable that is, to be able to cut the time from concept to finished product. Using 3D printing is a big value. Also, the materials that we have developed through Stratasys probably has the largest library of 3D-printable materials in the world, and these materials that you know have electrostatic capabilities biodegradable capabilities, they have properties where they are chemical resistant. So, you name it, there are materials either existing or in development right now to accommodate your needs.

We looked at a device, a few seconds ago from Acist. Let’s take a moment to hear from some of the folks at Acist exactly how they’re using 3D printing.

Acist Medical Systems
Acist is a medical device company. We primarily design and develop injection systems for delivering contrast. Acist has revenues of approximately 100 million dollars. We have 220 employees worldwide. We have automated the process of injecting die into the vascular system that allows physicians to visualize anatomies in order to do therapeutic solutions.

Ed Miller: Since 1998, we’ve performed over 10 million procedures.

Clint Viliks: Our key customers are the physicians and clinical technicians that use our product on a day-in, day-out basis.

Dave Scott: Where our efficiency really comes from is ‘how do you get that solution in front of the next physician?’. How do you get it quickly? The FDM process allows us to develop machines and design that overall solution very quickly.

It’s a world of difference between machining versus something that you can print in a day.

When we bought into the FDM technology. We never pigeonholed ourselves into a particular arena. We like to use it for everything. We do it for functional testing, we use it for making fixtures. We’re also looking at using it for parts of some products.

We use this technology for production of parts.

The CTA is a lower-pressure injector. We’re going through a product update, but we’re really looking at reducing the first production run using the FDM process.

It makes a great substrate for the process and for the parts, but also it allows us to really do some design-to-manufacturing and eliminate a lot of pieces. You can reduce part count by putting complexity into one part. What also allowed us to develop the products and get a new updated version to our customers is pushing out our decision on the moldings. You don’t want to invest in a new mold or a new technology until you make quite sure that’s what they want.

This is a truly just-in-time, on-demand inventory. If three years from now, the customer that bought the machine may say, “Hey. We dropped it,” and they want the replacement part. With this process, all I have to do is go back to my file and I can reprint that part and only one part that day, but I’ve never carried the inventory. When you look at all the lean technologies and the opportunities out there, this is probably the leanest, best example of managing inventories and then keeping only what you need and parts you can handle. And if you can design with that end in mind, you should see the benefits that you can have, but it has to become a mindset

Dave Scott: What the technology allows you to do is it really allows you to put a plastics manufacturing center inside of a lab, and it allows you to make any geometry out of any file and you’re never stuck with one design.

Kevin Phillips: I think it facilitates the creative process.

Ed Miller: It really has changed the whole industry significantly as far as how long it takes to get products to market.

It kind of changes the dynamic. It really upsets the traditional manufacturing world. And if you’ve got the right volume, the right product, FDM can solve a lot of problems.

Joe Hage: Are you doing fine? I’m just going to take a moment of your time. Hey, who in the audience is using 3D printing right now [raises hand]? Wow, that’s a lot.

How many of you are thinking that you may use 3D printing in the next year at your company? Wow.

How many of you would like to use 3D printing, think you should use 3D printing but ‘yes, my management isn’t going to go for that just yet’. Not a lot of hands on that.

There you go, your audience.

Rick Gillespie: Thank you, Joe. That’s great. I’m glad to see that there is a wide use of this.

Feel free to stop over. We’re in booth 25. Our booth did not show up yesterday. I wish I could have 3D printed that yesterday afternoon, but unfortunately we weren’t able to do that.

Marketing and education
Another thing that some of our customers are doing is they’re utilizing their 3D printers to create realistic sales models that the sales team and the marketing teams can take out to visit hospitals and physicians to demonstrate their medical devices and some of the features and benefits of their device with these 3D models.

Once you have a 3D printer, understand there’s so many things that you can do and how important it can impact many other departments within your company.

And from a clinical standpoint, companies now are actually creating patient-specific implants, patient-specific cutting guides, things that can aid in the operation like the operating room.

Folks, I can tell you, I’ve been working with Stryker and working with physicians in the operating room.

Nothing is worse than having these physicians get into a situation where something comes up that they didn’t anticipate.

3D printing gives the physicians the ability to practice ahead of time and do that. And these types of models here save time in the operating room like you can’t believe. And with the operating room time costs at anywhere from 60 to 120 dollars a minute, that’s important. And that’s important to a hospital and that’s important to your physicians to be able to save time.

Surgical preparation
We just touched on that. Again, think about the aerospace industry. How many of you would fly with a pilot that never once got into a plane and practiced or never spent time in a simulator? We just wouldn’t do it.

But in the medical industry unfortunately, up until now with 3D printing, they’ve really had no way to have that simulator and here, through 3D printing, surgeons are actually able to print out a specific model of a patient’s pathology, practice with their device first and feel comfortable going in there that they’re going to do the right thing for the patient.

Take a short video here to talk about one other aspect and how surgeons use this technology —

Redmond Burke: –with an abnormal aortic arch. It’s a rare problem, but we see it a lot.

Katherine Gonzalez: Because it mimics asthma so much. I think that it’s often goes misdiagnosed.

Redmond Burke: So Mia lucked out. She had a really good doctor who said, “I don’t think this is right.”

Juan Carlos Muniz: So when we were able to make the diagnosis of a double aortic arch, it was very satisfying.

Redmond Burke: So then the challenge as a surgeon is how you divide this double aortic arch and save her life without hurting her. One of these babies’ hearts are like Rubik’s cubes, and you can’t give somebody a piece of paper with a picture of a Rubik’s Cube on it and say, “How do you solve this?” You have to hold that three-dimensional object in your hands and then come up with a solution.

Juan Apolinar: At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, we are actually using 3D printing to assist the surgeons with their surgical planning and teaching of new medical students.

So having the ability to make these 3D models, to look at them on the screen, but also to print them out and hold them in our hands has really made a fundamental change in how we view a lot of these diseases.

Redmond Burke: Make a 3D model of her very complex aortic arch vessels, we were able to figure out which part of her arch should be divided to achieve the best physiologic result. I showed the family their daughter’s heart.

I hate opening up a textbook and saying, “This isn’t really your baby’s heart, but kind of looks like it. Here’s how we’re going to do the operation.” That doesn’t resonate with them.

I showed it to them. I said, “This is what’s choking your baby. This is why she’s taking all those medications and why they won’t work.” It’s very powerful when you show a family, ‘this is your baby’s heart, and this is how I’m going to repair it.’

We’ve gone through planning an operation on a patient who was told, “Hey, you’re an inoperable.” We made a 3D model. I literally carried it around in my gym bag for a couple of weeks. So I would reach in, take it out and look at it until it finally dawned on me that there was a relationship that we could exploit.

Why experiment? Why go into the operating room and hope, when we’ve got a model and we can actually test the device in the model and know with certainty — this is going to work.

They could feel confident that we’re going to do our thing. And we did the operation, we took intraoperative images and they looked exactly like that model.

Katherine Gonzalez: From having four and a half years of not knowing to all of a sudden in less than a two-month time frame, she’s back out of her surgery. Yes, so it has been a great experience for us.

She’s very active. She loves dancing. She loves baseball. She likes doing everything. So now she’s just going back to normal life and not being worried.

Redmond Burke: Show them the level of sophistication that you have. Show them what you’re capable of. The 3D-printed heart, accurate to the most minute detail, has been the difference maker for me. It’s helped me take somebody from being inoperable to operable, and we’ve saved their life.

Rick Gillespie: Folks, I’ll close with this — 13 years ago, I had my hip replaced. And as amazing as that operation was, and it took the pain away and I feel better and a better quality of life, that did not save my life. 3D printing saves lives.

If you have a company or if you’re part of a company that would like to 3D print, but don’t have a 3D printer, we are able to offer those services to you as an outsourced basis to get started to see if it’s something that would be viable for your company. So there’s ways to do it if you want to do it. Okay?

So I want to leave you with that. 3D printing is an exciting technology and I’m excited to be part of this industry, and actually, Joe, I wanted to thank you so much for this event. This has been fantastic.

Joe Hage: Thank you.