Archives for November 2019

Top 80 Medical Device Conferences in 2021 – 2022

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Medical Device Conferences 2021 – 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. 12th Annual EU Medical Device Regulatory Affairs Conference
    September 20-22, 2021 • Virtual

    Optimize your regulatory oversight with perspectives from notified bodies and industry peers. Speakers exchange practical methods to strengthen regulatory strategy, best practices for communicating with notified bodies and lessons learned in receiving approval with limited guidance. Improve patient outcomes and internal operations by gaining methods to achieve sufficient data for successful product submissions.


  2. Biotech Week
    September 20-23, 2021 • Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

    Be a part of this unique experience spanning the drug development value chain, giving you access to the most innovative scientific minds and business leaders in Boston and around the world.


  3. MEDCITY INVEST DIGITAL HEALTH
    September 20-23, 2021 • Virtual

    MedCity INVEST Digital Health was created as an opportunity for healthcare investors and entrepreneurs to network and connect. At MedCity INVEST Digital Health, you’ll hear from innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups offering innovative approaches or trying to solve some of healthcare’s greatest challenges.


  4. Xcelerate at Biotech Week Boston
    September 21, 2021 • Digital

    Presented by Xconomy, the 100% digital Xcelerate Keynote Series at Biotech Week Boston on Monday, Sept. 21 places a spotlight on life science leaders who are breaking new ground with methods and solutions in R&D, planning, and production that are improving patient outcomes. As the industry navigates uncertainty, the keynote speakers will share insights on how their sectors are adapting to challenges, combating disruptive forces, and preparing for what the future may hold.


  5. MEDTECH INVESTING EUROPE FORUM
    September 21-22, 2021 • The Hotel Royal Savoy, Laussane, Switzerland

    Now in its 31st edition, MTI is Europe’s longest running healthcare investment and partnering forum, bringing together a fantastic range of breakthrough healthcare and life science firms seeking investment and partnerships with some of the most pro-active and ambitious investors in the sector.


  6. CannMed 2021
    September 21 -October 1, 2021 • Pasadena Convention Center, CA

    CannMed showcases the greatest minds in cannabis science, medicine, cultivation, and safety. Since 2016, CannMed was born to promote understanding of cannabis’s complex science and its medical benefits for patients in need. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and other cannabis industry leaders have chosen CannMed to announce their latest findings and breakthrough technologies to the world. With the cannabis industry anticipated to exceed $500B by 2028, CannMed is the one conference you cannot afford to miss. Join us in Pasadena, September 29 – October 1, for CannMed 2021, and experience firsthand what makes CannMed the industry’s premier cannabis science conference.


  7. MD&M and BIOMEDevice
    September 21-22, 2021 • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

    MD&M and BIOMEDevice are joining forces to provide you with a fully dedicated medtech. Tune in to learn about the latest in digital health, 3D printing, software and security, surgical robotics, and more.


  8. BIOMEDEVICE BOSTON
    September 21-22,2021 • 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.


  9. MedDev Day
    September 21-24, 2021 • Online

    The MedDev Day keeps the discussion going! Enrol in the online event to take place in 21st – 24th September 2021! The MedDev Day, organized by LS Academy has reached its third edition, and 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.


  10. MEDICAL DEVICE REGULATIONS SUMMIT 2021
    September 22-23, 2021 • Prague, Czech Republic

    Medical Device Regulations Summit 2020 is focusing on EU MDR and IVDR overview, appropriate challenges and strategies for their overcome; company, team and portfolio preparation to new regulations; technical documentation, labelling and clinical data adoption; risk management and quality management systems updates; compliance strategies; Unique Device Identification (UDI) system implementation; medical devices traceability and devices classification.


  11. 11th Annual Medical Device & Diagnostic Labeling Conference
    September 22-23, 2021 • Chicago, IL

    This event highlights perspectives from regulatory authorities and industry experts to support your team’s labeling quality and compliance. In diverse sessions on labeling requirements and process changes, including international UDI rules, EUDAMED submissions and the applicability of e-labels across global regions, attendees walk away with actionable insights to ensure success. Dive deep into new and evolving industry standards with peers and glean lessons learned for future  market expansion.


  12. 11th Annual Medical Device & Diagnostic Labeling Conference
    September 22-23, 2021 • Virtual and In Person

    This event highlights perspectives from regulatory authorities and industry experts to support your team’s labeling quality and compliance. In diverse sessions on labeling requirements and process changes, including international UDI rules, EUDAMED submissions and the applicability of e-labels across global regions, attendees walk away with actionable insights to ensure success. Dive deep into new and evolving industry standards with peers and glean lessons learned for future  market expansion.


  13. IoT TECH EXPO NORTH AMERICA 2021
    September 22-23, 2021 • Santa Clara Convention Center, USA

    IoT Tech Expo North America is a two-day hybrid conference, taking place in person on 22-23 September 2021 and 28-30 September virtually, consisting of top-level content and thought leadership discussions looking at the IoT ecosystem. Taking place in person at the Santa Clara Convention Center, USA, this is a technology event and conference for the ambitious enterprise technology professional, seeking to explore the latest innovations, implementations and strategies to drive businesses forward.”


  14. PLASTIC SURGERY 2021
    September 23-24, 2021 • London,UK

    Plastic Surgery Conference 2021 provides qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research presentations on a variety of topics related to surgery and health care. It connects you with colleagues as they share knowledge on different fields of surgery like Plastic Surgery, Abdominoplasty, Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, Female Genital Surgery, and Challenges in Blepharoplasty, Paediatric Craniofacial Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery Rhinoplasty and Otoplasty, Vaginoplasty, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Skin Essentials for The Plastic Surgeon etc.
    Short Description: Euroscicon Ltd is right now giving an extraordinary chance and a great stage for driving instructive researchers, surgeons, Aestheticians, Beauticians, scientists and youthful understudies to share their encounters and research on centrality of plastic and tasteful Surgery by arranging 6thInternational Online conference on Plastic Surgery which will be hung on September 23-24, 2021 at London, UK.


  15. AUTOMA+
    September 27-28, 2021 • Zurich, Switzerland

    AUTOMA+ Healthcare edition is a part of BGS Group AUTOMA series which extends its coverage to Oil&Gas industry. Congress goal is to connect innovators in healthcare industry and contribute to further development of ongoing digital health trends. Among topics raised are data management, cyber security, AI and robotics, workforce development, accessible and affordable healthcare, how to apply patient oriented approach, and many others.


  16. The MedTech Conference
    September 27 – 30,2021 • Virtual

    We are excited to share with you that this year, The MedTech Conference will be held virtually with optional in-person opportunities in Washington, DC and Minneapolis, MN. Our hybrid structure combines the benefits of in-person and virtual events, with manageable face-to-face gatherings that tap into the unique opportunities presented by two host cities, and a digital component that facilitates global participation. 


  17. (2021) SEMI-ANNUAL EUROPEAN MEDICAL DEVICE AND DIAGNOSTIC Clinical Evidence Strategy
    September 28-30, 2021 • Virtual

    The 2021 Semi-Annual European Medical Device and Diagnostic Clinical Evidence Strategy Virtual Conference brings back Europe’s most important meeting focused developing effective and integrated strategies for clinical evidence generation. Delving into the European medical device and diagnostic regulations – with a focus on clinical investigations, clinical evaluation and post market clinical follow-up (PMCF) – the three-day conference will unearth some of the best strategies for: gathering clinical evidence from various sources, conducting medical studies; ensuring GCPs, and obtaining necessary approvals to ensure compliance.


  18. PRIMARY CARE AND POPULATION HEALTH
    September 28-29, 2021 • Virtual

    This multi-track CME-accredited meeting will see healthcare executives and clinicians specializing in primary care, population health, endocrinology, global health, infectious diseases, pediatrics, oncology and precision medicine. Benefit from a blend of keynotes, panels, roundtables, use cases and real time challenges showcasing the applications of AI in primary care and population health.


  19. MED-TECH INNOVATION EXPO
    September 28-29, 2021 • 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. Discover new solutions, materials, machines, applications and suppliers. Join the fastest growing event in medtech. We’ll see you there!


  20. IoT TECH EXPO NORTH AMERICA 2021
    September 28-30, 2021 • Virtual

    IoT Tech Expo North America is a two-day hybrid conference, taking place in person on 22-23 September 2021 and 28-30 September virtually, consisting of top-level content and thought leadership discussions looking at the IoT ecosystem. Taking place in person at the Santa Clara Convention Center, USA, this is a technology event and conference for the ambitious enterprise technology professional, seeking to explore the latest innovations, implementations and strategies to drive businesses forward.”


  21. Annual Medical Device Supplier Quality Assurance Conference
    September 30 – October 1, 2021 • Virtual

    Join supplier quality assurance professionals to ensure quality performance across regulatory, corporate and industry standards. Dynamic sessions focused on collaborating with suppliers, escalating corrective action and managing supplier changes provide attendees with improved strategies for success. Clarification from regulatory experts ensures your team is up-to-date with evolving requirements including increased real world evidence to support product performance.


  22. Pharma PR and Communications Summit
    October 04 – 05, 2021 • Hyatt Regency Jersey City, NJ, United States

    Pharma PR and communication professionals are on the front lines in a time when it is more important than ever to step up and become a trusted resource for the public, connect with patients and key customers, and lead the charge in authentically building the industry’s reputation. This year’s conference program focuses on creating a proactive strategy for reputation management, incorporating patient advocacy and the patient perspective, and positioning your organization as a thought leader.


  23. DeviceTalks Boston
    October 4-5, 2021 • Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

    “DeviceTalks Boston will unite Medtech’s most innovative professionals find the quickest way to clear troublesome bottlenecks in these critical stages: Innovation & Funding, Prototyping and Product Development, Manufacturing & Sourcing, Regulatory, Reimbursement and Market Development, Engineering Tools & Technology”


  24. Florida Medical Device Symposium
    October 4-5, 2021 • St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, Saint Petersburg, USA

    The annual symposium is Florida’s premier event for medical device manufacturing firms, featuring nationally recognized speakers, expert panels on regulatory issues and industry trends, exhibiting companies, legislative updates and quality networking opportunities.


  25. Medtech Canada
    October 5-6,2021 • Virtual

    Canada’s Medtech Conference, presented by Medtech Canada, is the pre-eminent information exchange and educational forum focused on medical technology, innovation adoption and opportunities to foster transformation within the healthcare system.
    Attendees will hear from and engage with high-profile health system leaders and network with colleagues. Previous year’s conference have hosted dignitaries such as Ministers of Health, Hospital CEOS and other influential through leaders.


  26. Medical Science Liaison (MSL) – Best Practices Summit
    October 5-6, 2021 • Virtual

    The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) – Best Practices Summit is dedicated to the changing role of MSLs in pharma or device companies to virtual engagement on the medical affairs side and beyond with medical experts, physicians, HCPs and KOLs in addition to in-person engagement (hybrid).


  27. FORUM LABO
    October 5-7, 2021 • Paris Expo Porte de Versailles

    Forum LABO, a CIFL event, brings together the entire laboratory profession: large, medium and small companies, startups, researchers, students, learned societies but also buyers and laboratory technicians from the public sector or from the pharmaceutical, chemical, agrifood, cosmetics and other industries. biotechnologies… to think and shape the laboratory of tomorrow.


  28. 12th Drug Discovery Innovation Programme
    October 6-7, 2021 • Boston, MA

    DDIP Will Help In Building Relationships Among The Professionals From The Industry. It’s Not Just About Sitting At A Conference And Listening To Presentations; You’ll Get To Roam Around And Connect With The Skillful And Adept Movers And Shakers Of The Industry.


  29. MedicalAM
    October 6-7, 2021 • Edgbaston Park Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK

    MedicalAM is taking place at the Edgbaston Park Conference Centre in Birmingham, UK, on the 6th-7th October 2021 and will give participants the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations, advancements and projects all taking advantage of advanced materials within the Medical and Healthcare sectors. From orthodontic and orthopaedic to cardiovascular and dental procedures, advanced materials have been used in the innovation, design and manufacturing of medical devices and applications throughout the world for decades.


  30. eHealth2021 – International conference 2021
    October 7-8, 2021 • Oulu, Finland

    Due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 disease the #eHealth2021 International Conference is rescheduled to 7th – 8th October 2021. Welcome to participate the major International telemedicine and eHealth event in 2021. Conference will cover themes from updating the knowledge about International and Nordic eHealth trends and solutions. The program is aimed at health care professionals and service providers as well as researchers in eHealth area.


  31. SEHTA 2021 International MedTech Expo & Conference
    October 8, 2021 • HILTON LONDON TOWER BRIDGE HOTEL, LONDON

    Over the last 16 years, South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA) has developed an excellent reputation for support of its 1,400+ members, especially SMEs, through its one-to-one mentoring, fund-finding, consultancy and events programme. For 2021 we are aiming to run this event as a hybrid – a combination of a live & virtual event, to ensure the expo can be delivered to as many people as possible – an attended live event blended with the best elements and convenience of a digital one. All Exhibitors and Sponsors will be able to showcase their 3min video on our “Digital Hub” via our Meeting Mojo platform which will be open until November 2021!


  32. Cardiovascular Implant Durability Conference
    October 11-13, 2021 • Asilomar Conference Grounds, United States

    Join the experts for a for a unique and defining three-day conference focused on understanding, predicting, and optimizing the durability of cardiovascular implants. Cardiovascular Implant Durability Conference is a unique and defining three-day conference focused on understanding, predicting, and optimizing the durability of cardiovascular implants. This event links anatomic and physiological conditions to implant design and to the engineering mechanics of fracture. CVID brings together experts in the fields of medicine, biomechanics, computational analysis, and engineering testing from the medical device industry, academia, physicians, and regulatory agencies.


  33. 6th Annual MarketsandMarkets Biomarker and Companion Diagnostics Virtual Conference
    October 12 – 15, 2021 • Virtual

    The 6th Annual Biomarker and Companion Diagnostics Conference is dedicated to next gen technologies beyond conventional biomarker drug discovery.


  34. 5th Medical Devices Innovation Programme
    October 13-14, 2021 • Boston, MA

    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.
    They Also Provide Details On Medical Devices budget of over 1 million Euros, Scope of responsibility, Purchase plan for Products and services, Geographies of interest, Key priorities for the next 6-18 months.


  35. Wearable Injectors and Connected Devices Conference 2021
    October 18 – 19,2021 • Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, United Kingdom

    SMi’s 2nd annual Wearable Injectors and Connected Devices Conference will explore real world case studies of on-body device design and development for large volume delivery while engaing in the latest digital applications for wearable devices with industry case studies from pharma thought leaders. The conference will consider key developments in the wearable injectors field, including the enhanced demand for on-body injectors and digitalised health as the pandemic highlights the need for self-administered at-home care, managing sustainability in the field, and opportunities for development in oncology.


  36. MEDTECH SUMMIT
    October 18 – 22, 2021 • Virtual

    Connecting The MedTech Regulatory Community Through Expert Guidance, Interactive Discussions And Live Q&A. Benefit from Competent Authority, Notified Body and industry insights across 7 focused events: EU MDR. IVDR. EU Law. PMS. Clinical. Global Market Regulations. Biocompatibility.


  37. INTERPHEX 2021
    October 19 – 21, 2021 • Javits Center, NYC

    For 41 years, INTERPHEX has proven to be the place to find all of the State-of-the-Art Solutions you need to Cost Effectively Develop and Manufacture Quality Product. INTERPHEX is the premier pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device development and manufacturing event to “Experience Science through Commercialization”. Based in New York, INTERPHEX brings over 10,000 global industry professionals and 625+ leading suppliers together to “Learn It, Experience It, Procure It” through a combination of no cost technical conference, exhibits, demonstrations and networking events to leverage quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness in today’s global market.


  38. 11th Annual Medical Device Packaging Conference
    October 20 – 21, 2021 • Virtual

    This event highlights industry perspectives on innovative, cost-effective packaging design and evolving regulatory requirements so you can ensure compliance. Presenters discuss methods to maintain package quality and product integrity while embracing sustainable materials and incorporating new design trends. Clarify ambiguous industry standards and identify areas for improvement within your current packaging systems in case study presentations and group discussions.


  39. 6th Pharma Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation Programme
    October 21-22, 2021 • Basel, Switzerland



    PSIP is a striking platform to connect with the world’s leading and active influential professionals. Get your fingers on the pulse of a vibrant, Ever-evolving industry by meeting an impressive lineup of industry leaders. PSIP will assist with covering all the aspects of the Supply Chain & Logistics and its integration with digitization, covering Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Block Chain, as well as new ideas for next level business growth and profitability.


  40. 10th Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices (GCPIMD-2021)
    October 24- 25, 2021 • Tokyo,Japan

    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.


  41. World Health Summit
    October 24 – 26, 2021 • Berlin, Germany

    “The World Health Summit is one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health. Held annually in Berlin, it brings together leaders from politics, science and medicine, the private sector, and civil society to set the agenda for a healthier future. Speakers and participants from all over the world include: Leading scientists and medical professionals, Ministers and civil servants, High-ranking officials from international organizations, CEOs from industry and civil society, Young professionals and students”


  42. 2nd Annual Summit on Diabetes and Endocrinology
    October 25-26, 2021 • Rome, Italy

    Conference Series LLC Ltd invites worldwide global audience and presenters to participate at the 2nd Annual Summit on Diabetes & Endocrinology which is to be held in Rome, Italy during October 25-26, 2021. Special interest and theme of the conference is “Novel Research in Diabetes & Endocrinology”. This event will cover prompt keynote presentations, oral talks, poster presentations. Diabetes 2021 aims to sharing new ideas and technologies amongst the professionals, industrialists, and students from research areas of diabetologists, academic scientists, professors, and research. The conference will be comprised of sessions by world category specialists in the field of endocrinologists having involved in world class presentations, international symposiums, international workshops and debates within the field of diabetes and endocrinology.


  43. ACEP21
    October 25-28,2021 • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

    ACEP21 will be one of the most exciting educational conferences yet!  We are excited for everyone to come back together for education, social activities, and networking! This year offers live streaming of courses from 2 of the largest course rooms throughout the entire conference with overflow seating to accommodate all attendees. There will be 30 bonus courses offered, and an emcee to help attendees through the week with instructions and information on important conference education, social and networking events. So, whether you want to Mix and Mingle, join a storytelling evening, test your cooking skills during the cooking demo, compete with your peers during trivia and knowledge night, engage in cuteness overload with live streaming puppies, penguins, and kittens, or see the puppies live in Boston, ACEP21 has something for everyone! We can’t wait to be back together at ACEP21!


  44. Africa Health
    October 26-28, 2021 • Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

    In light of the evolving global situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, Informa Markets has been closely monitoring its impact on the healthcare industry and as a result of feedback from stakeholders and participants, Africa Health will be rescheduled to 26 – 28 October 2021. The event will take place, as always, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, and will be organised in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standards.


  45. Annual National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo
    November 2-4, 2021 • Las Vegas, Nevada

    The 2021 National Ergo Conference will be held Nov. 2-4 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Registration is now open. Content tracks include program management, office ergonomics, industrial ergonomics and safety, healthcare ergonomics, and advances in technologies.


  46. D&M Minneapolis
    November 3-4, 2021 • Minneapolis Convention Center

    Explore all four engineering trade shows that share the expo floor with D&M as part of Advanced Manufacturing Minneapolis. It’s a one-stop experience delivering design to manufacturing solutions at every stage of the manufacturing process—design, materials, manufacturing, automation, and packaging—in top manufacturing sectors, i.e., medtech, food and beverage, electronics, machinery, aerospace, automotive, and more.


  47. Xavier AI Summit
    November 04-05, 2021 • Virtual

    Xavier Health’s AI Summit always provides great insights into industry use of AI and where the future is headed. This year’s virtual event will allow attendees to gain insight from the FDA Digital Health Center of Excellence, learn about the AI product approval journey, and network and engage with industry peers.


  48. 26th International ISfTeH Conference
    November 8-9, 2021 • Dubai, UAE

    The annual “ISfTeH International Conference” is organized every year in a different location, in conjunction with one of the national or institutional members of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth, the global digital health network. It is a landmark event that helps the ISfTeH to put its mission of “facilitating the international dissemination of knowledge and experience in telemedicine and eHealth and providing access to recognized experts in the field worldwide” into practice.


  49. Pharmaceuticals & Pharmacy Networking Conferences
    November 11-12, 2021 • Paris, France


    The UCG OCM would like to invite Pharmacists, experts, professors, students, practitioners, medical specialists, clinical scientists, technologists, and other healthcare professionals to the Pharmaceuticals Utilitarian Conference going to be held in Paris, France. 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.


  50. DIABETES & ENDOCRINOLOGY 2021
    November 11-12, 2021 • Zurich, Switzerland

    The theme of the conference is “Deliberate the important research and ongoing practices to reduce Diabetes”. Diabetes conferences include 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.


  51. Medica 2021
    November 15-18, 2021 • Düsseldorf Messe Arena

    Delve into the world of medical technology! The whole industry will meet at MEDICA in Düsseldorf from 15 – 18 November 2021. Experience high-tech products, meet world market leaders, hidden champions and start-ups or visit the top-class forums and conferences. Regardless what you are looking for: you will find it at MEDICA 2021!


  52. GASTROENTEROLOGY CONFERENCES, HEPATOLOGY SUMMITS, HEPATITIS CONGRESS
    November 15-16, 2021 • Paris, France

    On behalf of UCG, we extend a warm greeting in welcoming you to the 12th UCG Edition on Gastroenterology & Hepatology Conference happening during November 24-25 at Paris, France. 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 Gastroenterology & Hepatology 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.


  53. EUROMEDLAB 2021
    November 28 – December 02, 2021 • Munich, Germany

    Congress 2021, hosted jointly by IFCC, EFLM, and the German Society. This premier education event in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, will give attendees access to world-renowned faculty from regional and international centres of excellence. The Congress Organizing Committee will be featuring innovative and diverse education opportunities incorporating the best of clinical laboratory medicine and in vitro diagnostics, including lectures, symposia, recent advancements in clinical practice and science, poster presentations, and exciting social events.”


  54. OUTSOURCING IN CLINICAL TRIALS EAST ASIA 2021
    November 30- December 1, 2021 • Seoul, South Korea

    The leading clinical Outsourcing conference in East Asia is returning on 30 Nov-1 Dec 2021. With a focus on providing delegates with practical take-aways and solutions to their most current operational and outsourcing challenges in clinical trials, this is an event not to be missed.


  55. ISPOR Europe 2021
    November 30 – December 3, 2021 • Virtual

    Virtual ISPOR Europe 2021 is the leading European conference for HEOR, bringing together global leaders for discussion and dissemination of the latest trends in healthcare.  This conference is made up Virtual ISPOR Europe 2021, which will take place 30 November-3 December, along with an in-person, Preconference Summit held 11 November at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.


  56. Semi-Annual Medical Device Clinical Training & Education Conference
    December 2-3,2021 • San Diego, California

    This event delivers the opportunity for clinical trainers and educators to share learnings on adapting training courses to fit specific unmet needs, implement proper training tools and take away actionable insights. Through interactive discussions and case study presentations, you will be equipped with new perspectives and methodologies to incorporate within your own organization’s processes.


  57. NATIONAL DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SYMPOSIUM
    December 05-09, 2021 • DISNEY’S YACHT CLUB, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL

    National Diagnostic Imaging Symposium is designed to meet the educational needs of radiologists whether in general or specialized care and radiology residents/ fellows who desire to learn, in depth, how to use imaging in a clinical practice setting for screening, diagnosis and staging of injury and disease.


  58. Advanced Design & Manufacturing East
    December 07 – 09, 2021 • Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY, United States

    Our six-in-one design and manufacturing expo is 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 quality.


  59. MedFIT
    December 07 – 09,2021 • Virtual

    MedFIT is your opportunity to connect with international key innovators in the MedTech, diagnostic and digital health sectors. As a leading European partnering event, MedFIT provides the ideal environment to build partnerships for all public and private actors, to source innovative and competitive early-stage R&D projects, to facilitate the emergence of collaborative projects, to increase licensing opportunities, to obtain funding and to facilitate market access.


  60. 26th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON Drug & Medical Device Litigation
    December 07 – 08, 2021 • Marriott Marquis, New York, NY

    ACI’s Drug and Medical Device Litigation conference has united the greatest minds of the pharmaceutical and medical device product liability defense bar for the last quarter century. Designed for masters-level strategy sharing and bringing together hundreds of industry leaders each year from both in-house, private practice and government, this is the only forum at which to gain essential winning life sciences product liability litigation strategies.


  61. BIOMEDEVICE SAN JOSE
    December 08-09,2021 • San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA

    BIOMEDevice San Jose returns on December 8-9, 2021. We’ve taken this time to apart to regroup and redevelop our event to ensure we’re providing you an impactful and safe experience featuring cutting-edge engineers, innovative biotechnology, and high quality safety standards.


  62. International Conference on Digital Health Technologies
    December 20-22, 2021 • Hammamet, Tunisia

    CDHT 2021 will offer a comprehensive technical program addressing all the latest de-velopments in research and technology for digital health with its clinical and technical perspectives. The conference will be focused on future P4 medicine (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory) through information technology tools. It will feature world-class speakers, oral and poster sessions, panels and plenaries. It is expected to attract many leading researchers and industry figures from the African region, middle-east and all over the world. It will also provide engineers and researchers, as well as doctors and clinicians with an opportunity to interact and share their experiences in industry and technology applications.


  63. Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices
    January 03-04, 2022 • Singapore

    2022 Global Conference on Pharma Industry and Medical Devices (GCPIMD-2022) will be held in Singapore,Singapore during 03rd Jan-04th Jan 2022. 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.


  64. Winter Imaging in Beaver Creek
    January 03-06, 2022 • Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado

    The Imaging in Beaver Creek 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.


  65. AIMED 22
    January 18-22, 2022 • Ritz Carlton, California

    Our flagship meeting returns, live and in-person, in 2022. Featuring high-level thought leadership, exceptional networking opportunities and curated content focused on the business of AI. A global gathering of over 600 healthcare leaders and senior executives, this is an unrivalled event affording you the chance to align with key stakeholders and shape the global AI healthcare agenda.


  66. 6th Annual Medical Device Cybersecurity Conference
    January 22, 2021 • Chicago, IL(In- Person / Virtual)

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    Cybersecurity experts from medical device manufacturers and healthy delivery organizations share best practices on how to develop secure products that ensure patient safety is protected. Dive deep into the complexity of maintaining products in the field and ensuring compliance with updated guidances. Attend panels, fireside chats and case studies with industry thought leaders on product security and patient safety, including robust risk assessment and a holistic approach to lifecycle management of devices.


  67. Pecision Medicine World Conference Silicon Valley (PMWC 2022)
    January 26-28, 2022 • Santa Clara Convention Center

    The Precision Medicine World Conference Silicon Valley (PMWC 2022) brings together executives and managers from Pharma and Diagnostic companies and Biotech.


  68. OUTSOURCING IN CLINICAL TRIALS: MEDICAL DEVICES EUROPE 2022
    February 01 – 02, 2022 • Munich, Germany

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

13 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 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.