Archives for November 2019

Top 80 Medical Device Conferences in 2022

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Medical Device Conferences 2022 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.


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    1. 5th International Conference on Medical Devices: ICMD-2022
      May 26-28, 2022 • Gaziantep, Turkey

      ICMD conferences bring together the students, users, manufacturers, researchers, and public representatives working in the field of medical device technologies. It also aims to share the information investigated from scientific researchs on the medical fields, and propose common communication platform to solve specific problems on the medical device sectors. Main conference language is English by adding Turkish title & abstract & keywords to the paper.
    2. ACSM’s 2022 Annual Meeting & World Congresses
      May 31- June 4, 2022 • San Diego, California

      This comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference is the one place to get it all—programming that covers the science, practice, public health and policy aspects of sports medicine, exercise science and physical activity.
    3. 6th Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices
      June 3-4, 2022 • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      The Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices GCPIMD is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in the field of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science to a common forum. The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Japan and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science and related areas.
      June 08-09,2022 • Irvine, California, USA

      Join medical device experts to discuss new trends and opportunities and learn how to optimize their clinical operation knowledge and stay ahead of the game
    5. SIIM Annual Meeting 2022 – Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
      June 9-11, 2022 • Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center | Kissimmee, Florida

      Featuring Thought Leaders, Speakers and Industry Partners From Around the Globe Covering Hot Topics Through Two Distinct In-Person and Virtual Programs
    6. IUPESM World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
      June 12-17, 2022 • Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore

      The Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) and the Society of Medical Physicists (Singapore) are proud to be co-organising the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering – the world’s leading forum for presenting the scientific results and major innovations in health-related technologies to the global medical physics and biomedical engineering fraternity
    7. MD&M South
      June 14-16, 2022 • Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC

      The all-new IM Engineering South is the six-in-one advanced design and manufacturing expo designed to give you a comprehensive view of the product lifecycle—from prototype to production. Come explore the latest insights and solutions spanning medtech, packaging, automation, plastics, design, and processing.
    8. OMTEC 2022
      June 14-16, 2022 • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Chicago

      OMTEC is the world’s only conference exclusively serving the orthopedic industry. With 15 years under our belt, we are honored that OMTEC is now recognized internationally as a “must attend” event. A loyal contingent of procurement, supply chain, operations, research and development and executive-level attendees, as well as business development, regulatory, quality and clinical affairs professionals, unite to learn, debate, share, connect and make things happen.
      June 15-16, 2022 • Columbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212, USA

      Early stage Medtech companies are expected to navigate the complex process of bringing an idea into reality, but very seldom do they have the expertise, experience, or resources to ensure success. If you are founder faced with this dilemma, this is for you.
      June 18-19, 2022 • Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel, London

      Promoting Multidisciplinary Academic Research For Sustainable Development and Service To Society
    11. Global Conference on Primary Healthcare and Medicare
      June 19-20, 2022 • San Francisco, USA

      Offers a unique forum for participants to exchange knowledge and experience in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and control of diseases around the world.. Essential Primary Healthcare Conferences put emphasis on its theme “Innovation through Information on Primary Healthcare” and intends to provide an impetus to health practice, administration, and training in connection to health inconsistencies and conjugation of other different points.
    12. AAMD 47th Annual Meeting
      June 19-23, 2022 • Baltimores Inner Harbor, Baltimore, USA

      The AAMD 47th Annual Meeting will provide medical dosimetrists and treatment planners from around the world the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, connect with colleagues and meet with exhibitors to see what’s new in radiation oncology.
      June 20-21, 2022 • Estrel Berlin, Berlin, Germany

      PHARMAP 2022 is a B2B networking event for more than 250 Pharmaceuticals professionals from the whole value chain of the industry. Pharmaceutical companies, governmental bodies, CMOs, service providers, startups, and other experts in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packaging are gathering together to share experience, present their case-studies and network.
    14. MedTech Summit 2022: The Flagship Regulatory Event of the Year
      June 20-24, 2022 • Hybrid Event (In-Person: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin, IrelandDigital Experience: One track will be live-streamed each day in GMT time zone

      “Bringing Competent Authority, Notified Body and industry experts together to discuss the evolving global regulatory landscape 8 focused tracks: EU MDR. IVD Regulation and Strategy. Legal and Compliance. Post Market Surveillance & Vigilance. Clinical Evaluations & Investigations. Global Market Regulations. Biocompatibility. Software and AI.”
      June 21-22, 2022 • Hynes Convention Centre, Boston, USA

      The annual, LSX USA Leaders Forums are high-caliber, senior executive, virtual forums providing the education, strategies and solutions that life science executives need to enable more effective investment, planning and strategic growth within their businesses.
    16. ICMCPSH 2022: 16. International Conference on Medical Cyber Physical Systems and Health
      June 22-23, 2022 • Vienna, Austria

      International Conference on Medical Cyber Physical Systems and Health aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Medical Cyber Physical Systems and Health. 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 Medical Cyber Physical Systems and Health
    17. Medical Device Manufacturing Summit
      June 23-24 2022 • Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NV USA

      The Medical Device Manufacturing Summit is an invitation-only, premium Summit bringing leading medical device manufacturing executives with innovative suppliers and solution providers together. The Summit’s content is aligned with key medical device challenges and interests, relevant market developments, and practical and progressive ideas and strategies adopted by successful pioneers.
    18. XXXVII Pan American Congress of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
      June 25-27 2022 • Orlando, FL

      You’re invited to attend the XXXVII Pan American Congress of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery June 25-27, 2022 in Orlando, Florida at the Caribe Royale Resort. Hosted by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, the 2022 Congress will highlight the strength and potential of global collaboration for the specialty. You won’t want to miss out on the rich scientific program and opportunities to network with colleagues from the America.
    19. Global Health Security Conference 2022
      June 28- July 1, 2022 • Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore

      The Global Health Security will bring together practitioners, researchers, educators, representatives and decision-makers across the fields of public health, medicine, veterinary science, agriculture, government, defence, international relations, sociology and anthropology to examine the progress made to date in strengthening health systems and identify the gaps and opportunities for enhancing the international community’s ability to respond more efficiently and effectively to future adverse health crises.
    20. McKesson ideaShare 2022 Annual Convention
      July 7-10, 2022 • Washington, DC

      Chart a course for your future by taking part in a re-imagined McKesson ideaShare focused on giving you and other pharmacists the opportunity to foster connections, find new ways to innovate, and strengthen your collective voice.
    21. ICMTMAI 2022: 16. International Conference on Medical Technology Management, Assessment and Innovation
      July 12-13, 2022 • Stockholm, Sweden

      International Conference on Medical Technology Management, Assessment and Innovation aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Medical Technology Management, Assessment and Innovation. 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 Medical Technology Management, Assessment and Innovation
    22. Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference
      July 14-16, 2022 • Arlington,VA

      The RESNA 2022 Conference, taking place July 14 – 16, 2022, will bring together assistive technology professionals from a variety of disciplines to exchange ideas about the latest innovations and research helping people with disabilities lead independent, healthy lives.
    23. ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition
      July 17-20, 2022 • Boston, MA

      The ASHE Annual Conference brings together thousands of health care facilities professionals to learn about new developments in the field, network with others and find solutions to their challenges.
      July 17-24, 2022 • Viceroy SnowmassSnowmass Village, Colorado

      An intensive workshop providing a substantive overview of molecular biology, translational cancer research, current lab techniques, career development, and the best practices of grant writing for the aspiring physician-scientist
    25. ICAIMD 2022: 16. International Conference on Applications of Implantable Medical Devices
      July 19-20, 2022 • Toronto, Canada

      International Conference on Applications of Implantable 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 Applications of Implantable 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 Applications of Implantable Medical Devices
    26. Florida International Medical Expo (FIME) – 2022
      July 27-29, 2022 • Miami Beach, USA

      If you’re looking to find new products and supplies, establish new supplier partnerships, gain knowledge or strengthen business ties with the global medical device and equipment market, FIME is the event leading platform to meet your needs.
    27. International Conference on Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Computational Biology
      August 1-2, 2022 • Minneapolis, Minnesota

      The conference provides a platform for professionals involved in Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Computational Biology to exchange knowledge and gain an insight into the state of the art in the current technology, techniques and solutions in Biotechnology as they have been developed and applied in different countries. Participants include a wide variety of stakeholders from research and academia, to industrial sectors as well as government organizations.
    28. International Conference on Medical and Health Sciences (ICMHS)
      August 5-6, 2022 • Boston, USA

      The ICMHS conference is an international forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results in the fields of Medical and Health Sciences. The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world. We warmly welcome previous and prospected authors submit your new research papers to ICMHS, and share the valuable experiences with the scientist and scholars around the world.
    29. 1339th International Conference on Medical and Biosciences (ICMBS)
      August 8-9, 2022 • Nagoya, Japan

      The key intention of ICMBS is to provide opportunity for the global participants to share their ideas and experience in person with their peers expected to join from different parts on the world. In addition this gathering will help the delegates to establish research or business relations as well as to find international linkage for future collaborations in their career path. We hope that ICMBS outcome will lead to significant contributions to the knowledge base in these up-to-date scientific fields in scope.
    30. International conference on latest Medical research and Development (ICMRD)
      August 13-14, 2022 • Seattle, USA

      It aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of English and American Studies. 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 latest Medical research and Development.
    31. The Future of Robotics: Possibilities for Transforming Healthcare
      August 13-14, 2022 • Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
      1050 Schooner Drive
      Ventura, CA, United States

      The Gordon Research Seminars provide a unique opportunity for young researchers in all disciplines, from all over the world, to meet and discuss novel developments in rapidly changing scientific and engineering fields. This seminar will be the first Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) dedicated to robotics and will highlight the potential impact of cutting-edge robotics research on medicine and healthcare.
    32. 8th Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices (GCPIMD-2022)
      August 13-14, 2022 • New York, USA

      The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Japan and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science and related areas.
    33. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
      August 14-17, 2022 • St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

      The ASME 2022 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference will take place on August 14th – August 17th, 2022 in St. Louis Missouri at the Union Station Hotel. IDETC/CIE 2022, will highlight emergent technologies that impact the critical engineering issues of product design and development, manufacturing, and the management and integration of information systems throughout the product life-cycle. These events are key international meetings for design and manufacturing engineers in academia, government and industry.
    34. ICSMDI 2022: 16. International Conference on Smart Medical Devices and Implants
      August 16-17, 2022 • Barcelona, Spain

      International Conference on Smart Medical Devices and Implants aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Smart Medical Devices and Implants. 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 Smart Medical Devices and Implants
    35. 1354th International Conference on Medical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences (ICMBPS)
      August 18-19, 2022 • New Orleans, USA

      The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Medical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in and around the world. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Medical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences related areas.
    36. SPIE Optics + Photonics 2022
      August 21-25, 2022 • San Diego, California, United States

      We are looking forward to again gathering in-person with our colleagues in San Diego. It is always a great opportunity to hear the latest advances shared by researchers and scientists in optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, quantum science, and organic photonics. Top companies from the optics industry will again be participating in the free exhibition.
    37. 8th International Conference on Human Interaction & Emerging Technologies:Global Issues in Medicine and Healthcare
      August 22-24, 2022 • Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France

      IHIET Conference aims to provide a global forum for presenting and discussing novel human-interaction, healthcare, sport medicine and engineering approaches, tools, methodologies, techniques, and solutions for integrating people, concepts, trends and applications in healthcare and artificial intelligence all areas of human interaction endeavor in industry, economy, government, and education, including but not limited to energy, transportation, urbanization and infrastructure development, digital manufacturing, social development, human health, sustainability, new generation of service systems, as well as safety, risk assessment, healthcare, and cybersecurity in both civilian and military contexts.
    38. The 5th Edition of Medical Philippines 2022
      August 24-26, 2022 • SMX Convention Center Manila Philippines

      The 5th Edition of Medical Philippines 2022 co-located with Infectious Disease Control Expo (INDEC) Philippines 2022 is the only specialized medical, dental, pharmaceutical event in the Philippines that brings together an international congregation of medical and healthcare, dental, pharmaceutical, and laboratory equipment, services, supplies, and technology gathered in Manila to showcase the latest developments in the industries.
    39. International Conference on Medical and Health Sciences (ICMHS)
      August 30, 2022 • Montreal, Canada

      The key intention of ICMHS is to provide opportunity for the global participants to share their ideas and experience in person with their peers expected to join from different parts on the world. In addition this gathering will help the delegates to establish research or business relations as well as to find international linkage for future collaborations in their career path. We hope that ICMHS outcome will lead to significant contributions to the knowledge base in these up-to-date scientific fields in scope.
    40. 5th Manufacturing Processes for Medical Technology Exhibition and Conference
      August 31-September 2, 2022 • MARINA BAY SANDS,SINGAPORE

      Jointly organised by SPETA (Singapore Precision Engineering and Technology Association) and Messe Düsseldorf Asia, MEDICAL MANUFACTURING ASIA 2022 will feature an extensive product range covering the upstream and downstream processes in medtech sectors, including new materials, components, intermediate products, packaging and services, to micro and nanotechnology, testing systems and services, as well as materials, substance and components for medical technology. Industry-focused business forums will also headline the upcoming edition of the specialist trade fair.
      August 31 – September 2, 2022 • Hall 1&2 at Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Center

      The 17th Medtec China is a premier manufacturing and sourcing event for medical device manufacturers in China. Leading suppliers from many countries throughout the world attend and the target visitor profile comprises senior management, R&D engineers, production engineers and QA professionals who are searching for components, materials, technologies and solutions for their production line
    42. ISTA 2022: The 33rd International Congress
      August 31- Sep 3, 2022 • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

      As the first in-person International Congress for ISTA after the pause dictated by the world-wide pandemic, it will be an extraordinary opportunity to gather and discuss the many new developments in technologies related to arthroplasty. Some have been driven by the exigencies imposed by the recent crisis.
    43. International Conference on Digital Health and Telemedicine
      September 07-08, 2022 • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, United Kingdom

      Digital Health 2022 mainly focuses on the theme “Modern Technologies are Redefining Healthcare Innovation” Guided by a line-up of expert speakers, the agenda will address some of the major issues related to Telemedicine and its related subjects to establish a connection for exchanging ideas. Our conference agenda is to present keynote talks, plenary sessions, discussion panels, Poster Presentations, symposia, young researcher’s forum, video Presentations, and Workshops.
    44. 2022 DRI Drug and Medical Device
      September 7-9, 2022 • Nashville, Tennessee

      Join us in Nashville for the 2022 Drug and Medical Device Seminar! The seminar will provide countless opportunities to network with clients, potential referral sources, and colleagues from across the country who are in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. You will hear from a panel of judges about their approaches to key MDL and mass-tort litigation issues, and you do not want to miss presentations about better company witnesses and juror perceptions of drug and medical device companies. Gain insight from in-house lawyers, outside counsel, and judges about diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. This seminar continues to be the “go-to” event year after year for in-house and outside counsel to the pharmaceutical and medical device industry.
    45. Healthcare Design Forum 2022
      September 07-09, 2022 • The Meritage Resort and Spa | Napa Valley, California

      The Healthcare Design Forum offers a unique invitation-only opportunity for high-level industry decision makers to approach healthcare design issues from intriguing new angles. The program features highly interactive, deep-thinking educational and inspirational sessions that blend practical takeaways with bigger-picture concepts to effect real change.
    46. Medical Devices ASEAN (MDA) 2022
      September 08-10, 2022 • Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC)
      Bangkok (Thailand)

      Medical Devices ASEAN (MDA) is held in Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) Bangkok on 8 to 10 September 2022 showing the companies news of Thailand and internationals related to sectors Healthcare, Health, Medicine, Technology
      September 11-13, 2022 • PHOENIX, AZ

      RAPS Convergence is the largest and most well-recognized annual gathering of regulatory professionals, scientists, and innovators in the world. Convergence brings together representatives from industry, global regulatory bodies, and research, academic and clinical organizations that are directly involved in managing the regulatory process and aligning science, regulation, and business strategy.
    48. FDA Approval Process for Medical Devices
      September 12-13,2022 • Virtual

      This seminar will provide a solid foundation in the approval and clearance processes for medical devices in the United States including the underlying legal and regulatory requirements and the ‘general controls’ applicable to all devices.
    49. 12th Annual Medical Device Strategic Pricing & Accounts Conference
      September 13-14, 2022 • Chicago, IL

      Optimize product price & contracting success by understanding customer value definitions & sharing best practices in value proposition development
    50. Software Design for Medical Devices – Pharma IQ
      September 13-15, 2022 • Berlin, Germany

      The 10th Annual Software Design for Medical Devices Global Forum is the ONLY conference that is dedicated to ensuring your teams can achieve regulatory compliance and protect your devices from increasing cyber threats, whilst still embracing the cutting edge designs to get to market faster and stand out from your competitors.
    51. The Battery Show Returns in September 2022
      September 13-15, 2022 • Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, Michigan

      The Battery Show expo is North America’s largest trade show offering access to hundreds of leading companies and expert education designed to help you create the next great battery application.
    52. 14th Annual Cardiovascular Ultrasound Conference
      September 16-17, 2022 • Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio.

      Conference programming will address techniques, knowledge and technologies for the sonographer role, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) basics, echo imaging, fetal diagnoses and much more. For attendees who aren’t able to make it in person this year, we will also have a Saturday-only virtual option.
    53. Virtual Medical Device Studies: Regulatory Requirements and Adverse Event Reporting
      September 19-22, 2022 • Virtual

      An essential overview of medical device clinical evaluations, clinical investigations, post-market clinical follow-up requirements and adverse event and vigilance reporting.
    54. BIO Impact Agriculture & Environment Conference
      September 19-21, 2022 • Omaha, NE

      After almost two years, BIO is bringing together the agricultural and environmental biotech industry in person once again. The BIO Impact Agriculture & Environment Conference heads back to the Midwest, September 19-21, 2022 in Omaha, NE! BIO Impact brings together biotech leaders working to address today’s global challenges for three days of dynamic programming, networking, and BIO One-on-One Partnering™.
    55. Medical Device Studies: Regulatory Requirements and Adverse Event Reporting
      September 19-22, 2022 • Virtual

      An essential overview of medical device clinical evaluations, clinical investigations, post-market clinical follow-up requirements and adverse event and vigilance reporting.
    56. Extractables & Leachables Summit 2022
      September 20-21, 2022 • Philadelphia PA (Hybrid)

      This two-day conference will examine the safety, quality, and regulatory issues involved in a wide array of contexts central to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, including drug packaging and delivery components, single-use systems, medical devices, and parenteral drug products. We will focus closely on the keys to satisfying recent revisions to several applicable USP chapters, FDA guidances & other international regulatory requirements for best practices in materials and chemistry characterization for drugs, biologics, delivery systems, and primary & secondary packaging.
    57. MEDFIT
      September 20-21, 2022 • GRENOBLE, FRANCE

      MedFIT is your opportunity to connect with international key innovators in the MedTech, diagnostic and digital health sectors. As the leading European partnering event, MedFIT provides the ideal environment to help industry players to source early-stage assets, to facilitate the emergence of collaborative projects between big players, public research institutions, start-ups and SMEs, to increase licensing opportunities, to obtain funding and to facilitate market access.
    58. 1st Pan-European Hospital & Healthcare Procurement Summit
      September 20-21, 2022 • Brussels

      “The goal of the summit is to highlight the most pressing problems that procurement professionals currently face: Transparency – the central success factor for all product decisions in procurement projects. This is not only about prices, but also about how procurement managers communicate at eye level with medical users and the industry.
      How this transparency can be achieved at national and European level is the cornerstone of the congress.
      Digitalization – the entire procurement world beyond healthcare is going digital – but hospitals are still 10 years behind the curve. Millions in efficiency reserves can be leveraged if efficient digital tools are used.
      Sustainability – how to reach net zero. What does the implementation of the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ program mean in terms of legislation for future tenders that favor products with a lower CO2 footprint?”
    59. Medical Technology Ireland Expo and Conference
      September 21-22, 2022 • GALWAY, IRELAND

      Ireland’s premier Medical Device Design and Manufacturing Conference. The two-day Conference features presentations by leading international medical device experts with thought-provoking guest speakers, all providing an insight on cutting-edge topics for medical device manufacturers, R & D and design engineers in the rapidly evolving Irish and global device marketplace.
      September 21-24, 2022 • LONDON, UK

      ​​This event has a single mission: to bring together the most innovative medtech startups, active investors, and strategic buyers to deal-make, collaborate, and forecast the future of medtech.
    61. MedDev Day
      September 27, 2022 • Barcelona, Spain

      The MedDev Day, organized by LS Academy will once again serve as a central meeting place for the medical technology industry, bringing together lecture forums, interviews, workshops and networking opportunities. The event will be 360-degree overview of the evolving context of medical devices, in-vitro-diagnostics and software.
    62. BIOMEDevice
      SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2022 • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

      BIOMEDevice Boston is the East coast’s must-attend regional event that showcases emerging technologies and trends from cutting-edge engineers, innovative thinkers, and business leaders who impact the progression of the world’s biotechnology.
    63. MT LAB DAY East 2022
      October 01, 2022 • TARRYTOWN, NY

      Since its debut in 2000, LAB DAY EAST has become the must-attend event on the East Coast. Our annual show has captured the attention of eager audiences who appreciate the central location, educational clinics and busy exhibit hall.
    64. Biomarkers US:In-Person
      October 03-04, 2022 • San Diego, USA

      Featuring 40+ presentations, the event brings together over 300 attendees from leading pharma, biotech and academic organisations working in the biomarker industry across multiple therapeutic areas, allowing attendees to gain insights into the latest novel biomarker data and technologies. Following this is a dedicated Digital Day delivered through our online event platform
    65. 2022 Renal Healthcare Association Annual Conference
      October 05-07, 2022 • Indianapolis, IN

      The Renal Healthcare Association’s Annual Conference is the preeminent educational event where small, medium and independent dialysis providers convene to share perspectives on the most recent developments in renal healthcare.
    66. Manufacturing World Osaka 2022
      October 05-07, 2022• INTEX Osaka, Japan

      This is the perfect place to introduce solutions for R&D cycle shortening, productivity improvement, quality improvement, VA/VE, and cost reduction to industry professionals. Manufacturing World Osaka consists of 7 specialized shows for each product category.
    67. Echo Revolution: Adult Echocardiography for Physicians and Sonographers
      October 09-11, 2022 • Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, MA

      Echo Revolution is designed to provide a state-of-the art review of the current uses and limitations of two- and three-dimensional echocardiography, Doppler, and color flow imaging in the assessment of adult myocardial, ischemic, pericardial, and valvular disease. Traditional topics in the field of echocardiography including assessment of systolic and diastolic function, quantitative Doppler, and stress echocardiography will be presented. Illustrative cases that should not be missed will be presented. In addition, strain imaging and the essential role of echo during cardiac surgery and interventional procedures will be discussed.
    68. fNIRS 2022
      October 09-12, 2022 • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA

      “Following the tradition of previous biennial meetings, fNIRS Boston will bring together scientists from all over the world to present and discuss the latest developments and advances in diffuse optics for the study of the human brain. The aims are to identify new opportunities for fNIRS, to delineate the key challenges facing the field and to identify strategies to overcome these challenges. The program will span the topics of hardware development, data analysis and algorithms, computational neuroscience and neuroscience applications, clinical applications, neonatal, pediatric applications and neurodevelopment neuroscience, cognitive and social neuroscience, and global fNIRS. Our goal is to present the cutting edge technology and the novel discoveries of the field.”
    69. 35TH ECPN Congress
      October 15-18, 2022 • Vienna, Austria

      The annual ECNP Congress is Europe’s premier scientific meeting for disease-oriented brain research, annually attracting more than 5,000 psychiatrists, neuroscientists, neurologists and psychologists from around the world. Join us at #ECNP2022
      October 18-19, 2022 • WESTIN CHICAGO LOMBARD, CHICAGO

      Setting the standard on how the industry should connect and exchange ideas, the American Medical Device Summit provides insights and strategies to enhance the professional development of executives involved in the design, product development, innovation, technology and quality/ regulatory aspects of medical devices.
    71. Phoenix 2022: The Medical Device and Diagnostic Conference for Chief Executive Officers
      October 19-21, 2022 • The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

      We are excited to announce that we will be holding the next Phoenix Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in October 19 – 21, 2022. At that time, we will be able to bring the medtech community together for a lively celebration of the industry’s incredible, life-saving work throughout the pandemic, as well as an in-depth discussion of where the sector is headed in the coming years.
      October 19-20, 2022 • SANTA CLARA, CA

      DeviceTalks West will explore the new technologies changing how Medtech is delivered. Co-located at the Santa Clara Convention Center with the RoboBusiness Conference. Join us on October 19-20, 2022 as we explore the impact sensors and other transformative technologies will have on medtech creation.
    73. The MedTech Conference
      October 24-26, 2022 • BOSTON, MA

      Featuring world class plenary speakers, cross cutting educational programming, valuable networking and business development opportunities, The MedTech Conference is a must attend event for the industry’s prominent and most promising companies.
      October 27-28, 2022 • Irvine Marriott in Irvine, CA

      MedTech Innovation Forum is poised to help you discover the wide-ranging impact of innovations and what they mean for your medtech business. MedTech Innovation Forum will feature industry experts, strategics, physicians, and entrepreneurs who have made major headway and continue to make massive strides towards an accelerated future.
    75. MD&M Minneapolis
      November 02-03, 2022 • Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN

      Medtech moves fast… especially in a healthcare hub like Minnesota. Keep the pace with the latest innovations and immerse yourself in a community of visionaries and industry leaders. It’s all waiting at the region’s most comprehensive medical design and manufacturing event — MD&M Minneapolis — part of Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis.
    76. 2nd World Congress on Primary Healthcare and Medicare Summit
      November 07-09, 2022 • Paris, France

      Primary Healthcare 2022 is a three-day event filled with researchers & experts from the arena of healthcare. Making the congress more accessible helps us to achieve our mission to elaborate and expand the contribution to the Healthcare community by reaching a much larger audience all over the region. PHC 2022 helps to pave bridges and aids to maintain vital networks between researchers, practitioners, and representatives of healthcare organizations.
    77. 22nd Population Health Colloquium
      November 07-09, 2022 • Loews Hotel • Philadelphia, PA

      The Colloquium is the foremost gathering of the most influential people in healthcare transformation. Gain insights on critical business solutions from leaders across the health ecosystem and discover new approaches on the leading edge of innovation.
    78. Imaging in Costa Rica
      November 07-10, 2022 • JW Marriott, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

      The course is designed to provide the tools for participants to enhance interpretation skills utilizing the latest imaging technologies. Lectures and cases will cover evidence-based practice techniques and protocols for improved diagnostic accuracy in multiple applications.
      November 14-15, 2022 • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

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

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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 componentsThe 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 SystemsAcist 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 educationAnother 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 preparationWe 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.