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Top 80 Medical Device Conferences in 2021

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Medical Device Conferences 2021 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. Patients as Partners Europe
    January 25-26, 2021 • Virtual


    The program demonstrates how patient engagement and involvement gets done. It’s co-produced with industry, patient advocacy and public sector voices that provide the “know-how” to turn ideas into action. And as COVID-19 creates a new normal in clinical research, it’s more critical than ever to involve patients in every aspect of R&D, including decentralized trials which can help to support diverse representation.


  2. The Virtual 5th EAAR Annual Conference on New Medical Device Regulations
    January 26-27, 2021 • Virtual

    Following the success of the Conference in Prague in 2016, Berlin in 2017 and Brussels in 2018 and 2019, you will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the implementation of the new European regulations on medical devices at this Fifth Conference.


  3. Spotlight Telemedicine​ – International Summit On Innovation And Technology
    January 28-30, 2021 • Virtual

    Spotlight Telemedicine brings together two of the most promising industries of the future – bring two major industries together – patient monitoring and internet of medical things (IoMT). Spotlight Telemedicine presents the entire value chain across both industries, where professional private and corporate customers are involved, and also public demand will be served.


  4. OUTSOURCING IN CLINICAL TRIALS: MEDICAL DEVICES EUROPE 2021
    February 03-04, 2021 • Hilton Munich Airport

    Outsourcing in Clinical Trials: Medical Devices Europe returns for 2020, bringing together trial sponsors from across Europe for 2 days of engaging presentations from the biggest names in the industry. The 2020 programme will feature the latest industry trends and outsourcing challenges for the European medical device and diagnostics community, exploring the latest regulatory updates for medical device manufacturers and the opportunities for greater efficiency in trials. This year’s event will also bring a focus to the advancements in innovation and technology in the medical device space, including discussions on wearable products and digital transformation.


  5. 9th Medical Device Safety Monitoring & Reporting
    February 03-04, 2021 • Online

    Medical device companies continue to look at new strategies, tools, and technologies to achieve a more comprehensive medical device monitoring and reporting framework to ensure highest quality and safety of products. This 9th installment of the Medical Device Safety Monitoring and Reporting Conference will bring together leading professionals in regulatory affairs, compliance, post market surveillance, complaint handling, and in other related roles to address emerging compliance concerns, risk management trends, and product safety measures through a more integrated approach to monitoring and reporting.


  6. DEEP DIVE INTO DECENTRALIZED CLINICAL TRIALS
    February 09-10, 2021 • Virtual

    Based on the success of our first Virtual Clinical Trials event and the Virtual Clinical Trials Online, we are pleased to announce the second annual event. This event features unmatched networking opportunities, presentations, panels, and roundtables all developed for smaller companies with limited resources. Join us to gain a comprehensive education on streamlining decentralized clinical trials and the tools and technology needed to enhance patient engagement.


  7. 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC 2021)
    February 11-13, 2021 • Virtual

    Electronics and Devices is to bring together researchers and practitioners from electronics, mechanical engineering, physics and related areas who are interested in developing, studying and using innovative materials, devices and systems inspired by biological systems and/or addressing biomedical requirements. Monitoring and diagnostics devices, sensors and instrumentation systems, biorobotics and prosthetics, micro-nanotechnologies including microfluidics systems and biomaterials are some of the technologies addressed at this conference. The fabrication and evaluation of biodevices, including wearable and implantable devices is also addressed.


  8. SPIE Medical Imaging
    February 15-19, 2021 • Online

    SPIE Medical Imaging is transitioning to an online format. The digital forum will offer live plenary talks, on-demand technical presentations and discussions, online networking and special events, the ability to make business connections, and more. The conference continues to be a place where information is shared by leading researchers in image processing, physics, computer-aided diagnosis, perception, image-guided procedures, biomedical applications, ultrasound, informatics, radiology and digital pathology. This also includes an increased focus on fast-emerging areas like Deep Learning, AI, Machine Learning, and information fusion.


  9. PHARMA PACKAGING AND LABELING EAST COAST 2021
    February 17-18, 2021 • Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue


    Arena International are delighted to announce the return of Pharmaceutical Packaging and Labeling to be held on 17th & 18th February 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is an exceptional networking opportunity for pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, CMOs and regulatory bodies to hear from leading industry experts including Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Bayer, Novartis and also insights from the US Customs & Borders and Drug Enforcement Agency.


  10. LSI 2021 Emerging Medtech Summit
    February 17-19, 2021 • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel – Dana Point, CA

    LSI 2021 Emerging Medtech Summit continues to grow as the medtech ecosystem leans in, charging ahead during these challenging times. Partner with leading CEOs from 100 of the hottest start-ups and network with active investors and strategics.


  11. ICBMMD 2021: 15. International Conference on Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices
    February 22-23, 2021 • Paris, France


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


  12. The Conference for Leaders in Customer Success, Service & Support
    Feb 23-25, 2021 • Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

    Walk away with hundreds of tactics that will revolutionize your service, support and customer care operation. Field Service Medical is the only interactive, peer-led conference for senior service and support leaders in the medical device industry. Since 2012, we’ve helped thousands of service leaders navigate the ever-changing regulatory environment, medical device connectivity, and training the next generation of field service technicians.


  13. Virtual Fourteenth International Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Ethics & Compliance Congress
    March 01-04, 2021 • Virtual


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


  14. Medical imaging convention 2021
    March 9-10, 2021 • NEC Birmingham

    he Medical Imaging Convention is the UK’s only free event that offers a comprehensive programme on the latest innovations in imaging diagnosis and treatment. The event provides the most up-to-date research, data and developments that will enable better patient outcomes, efficiency and cost-effectiveness in UK medical imaging.


  15. AI & Machine Learning Convention
    March 9-10, 2021 • NEC Birmingham

    Dedicated to exhibiting technology which is really just being introduced across hospital services, this is a truly pioneering event that will shape the future of healthcare.


  16. DUPHAT 2021
    March 9-11, 2021 • DIDEC, Dubai

    DUPHAT showcases downstream activities from finished formulations of patented & generic drugs and DUPHAT OTC showcases the OTC medicines, nutraceuticals, dermocosmetics and other retail products sold through pharmacies.


  17. Sante Expo
    March 09-11, 2021 • Digital Edition

    In the midst of a transformation, the hospital and social and medical-social institutions are at the heart of the news with a growing public concern about the future of the health system. For this new edition, at a time when our health system needs to be redesigned, the FHF wants to propose to all health stakeholders to come together around a theme of red thread: “Attractiveness in all its forms”.


  18. EMS TODAY
    March 10-13, 2021 • San Antonio, TX

    EMS Today offers networking with 4,600+ EMS professionals from around the world, countless hands-on experiences (both on-site and off-site), 200+ CEH opportunities and the most innovative products and services available to the industry displayed by over 250 exhibiting companies. EMS Today is produced by JEMS, the leader in EMS education for over 37 years. EMS Today is a unique – and stimulating – experience for EMS personnel worldwide, and it is supported and fed by the credibility, quality and excellence of JEMS.


  19. AI IN DRUG DISCOVERY 2021 – VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
    March 15-16, 2021 • Virtual

    This year’s event will focus on 4 key themes: machine learning and automation for improved drug discovery pipelines; effective prediction of compound properties; data robustness and curation; innovative use of AI for rare and undruggable diseases. The agenda will highlight key case studies across these themes, uncovering key developments in pharma of data optimization and to aid therapeutic discovery. Real-world examples of AI in structure-based drug design and patient relevant data will be explored.


  20. The Future Health Show
    March 17-18, 2021 • Excel London, UK

    The Conferences at The Future Health Show deliver a world-class learning programme featuring cutting edge content by innovators, thought leaders and inspirational figures tackling the most pressing global health challenges of today. In 2021 there will be two content theatres – the Main Stage and the Innovation Showcase. Speakers will offer insight and intelligence unparalleled in the UK – you’ll learn from a wide range of cutting edge solution providers, government officials, industry experts, policymakers and those shaping the future of healthcare from around the world.


  21. HEALTHCARE AUTOMATION AND DIGITALIZATION CONGRESS
    March 22-23, 2021 • Zurich, Switzerland

    Healthcare Automation and Digitalization Congress is a B2B networking event for more than 250 healthcare professionals from the whole value chain of the industry.  Hospitals & healthcare providers, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, governmental bodies, institutions together with medical device manufacturers, service companies, and startups are gathering together to make healthcare digital.


  22. GLOBAL CLINICAL TRIALS CONNECT 2021
    March 22-23, 2021 • HILTON LONDON KENSINGTON, LONDON, UK

    Clinical Trials Connect 2021 will provide a platform to discuss on the futuristic advancements in clinical trials and clinical research. This multidisciplinary program involves broad participation of people from clinical trials community from around the globe who are focused on learning more about clinical research, clinical trials planning and management. The summit will facilitate an invaluable networking opportunities with decision makers and focus on real case studies, insightful presentations and round tables. It gives us a great pleasure in welcoming you to the 4th Annual Global Clinical Trials Connect 2020 conference.


  23. INNOVATION SUMMIT DUBLIN
    March 23-25, 2021 • The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

    Now in its 8th year Innovation Summit Dublin 2021, located in the heart of this technology sector, is recognized as the leading medical technology investment forum in Europe and brings together more than 500 leading experts, innovators and key decision-makers to discuss the critical challenges facing the ever-evolving global medical device community.


  24. SALMED International Fair of Medical Equipment and Instruments
    March 24-26, 2021 • Poznan

    SALMED International Medical Fair, held on a biennial basis, is Poland’s largest venue for presenting products offered by manufacturers and suppliers of medical devices and instruments, equipment for hospitals, clinics and private medical practices, as well as laboratory companies and firms supplying rehabilitation equipment.


  25. MedDevice Ignition
    March 29-31, 2021 • Virtual

    Introducing MedDevice Ignition, your next move to grasp the prescience of the medical device market. An annual conference and expo aimed to provide a unique opportunity for academicians and industry executives. It connects professionals and key decision-makers to network and learn best practices used in device regulation, market-entry, R&D, engineering and commercialization. Do not miss a chance to gain an exclusive demonstration of the medtech industry. Our agenda consists of panel discussion, seminars, podium dialogue, competitions, posters, product launch, live and remote presentation. Listen to the first-hand case studies presented by brightest minds and walk away with insights to streamline processes, optimize development, design, decrease risk, improve GTM strategy, reduce costs, and remain compliant in a rapidly evolving landscape. Attendees can present their research work in the form of oral, poster, panel rounds, lectures, idea based sessions, lightning talks and virtual presentation. All presentation to be published in our book of abstracts.


  26. Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference
    March 30-31, 2021 • Virtual

    The Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference is a forum for exposure to the latest advances in medical device technologies and regulations. As an attendee, you will hear presentations from some of the nation’s outstanding leaders in medical device technologies, as well as meet and interact with passionate young individuals from San José State University and many other universities. The event is intended for individuals interested in broadening their knowledge of the current medical device market: medical device professionals, engineers, managers, executives, marketing professionals, and students. Topics range from biomaterials and manufacturing to regulations and marketing.


  27. World Health Care Congress 2021
    April 11-14, 2021 • Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC, United States

    he World Health Care Congress (WHCC20) has been rescheduled. The event is now scheduled to take place April 11-14, 2021 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. Given the current circumstances and the impact of COVID-19, direction from Washington, DC officials, and information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, speakers, attendees, sponsors, and partners is of utmost importance to us.


  28. 13th UDI Conference
    April 12-14, 2021 • Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    There is so much activity around UDI! The UDI Conference is the annual industry gathering to discuss areas of confusion, understand policies, guide Providers with UDI implementation, and work-through the international evolution of UDI.


  29. HANNOVER MESSE
    April 12-16, 2021 • Hannover

    When HANNNOVER MESSE opens its doors in April 2021, companies will once again have the opportunity to bring their products to life at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology – analog, digital and hybrid.


  30. Design of Medical Devices Conference
    April 12-15, 2021 • McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, USA


    The 20th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, April 12-15, 2021. The world’s largest medical device conference will be held at Graduate Minneapolis & McNamara Alumni Center, located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. The DMD Conference brings together medical device designers, manufacturers, researchers and representatives from academia and the public sector.


  31. DesignCon 2021
    April 12-15, 2021 • San Jose McEnery Convention Center San Jose, CA

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    DesignCon is the country’s largest gathering of chip, board, and systems designers. For more than 25 years, design engineers and other industry professionals come together in Silicon Valley to search for techniques and products to handle the latest signal and power integrity challenges. These potential buyers are the reason why 90% of 2020’s exhibitors reported a positive return on their show investment. Book your booth space now.


  32. DMEA – Connecting Digital Health
    April 13-15,2021 • Berlin, Germany

    “The current situation has shown that digital health is indispensable and more important than ever. In 2021 DMEA – Europe’s leading platform for digital healthcare – will be gathering the industry’s leading players again in Berlin. In addition to a comprehensive overview of the market it offers wide-ranging opportunities for an in-depth exchange of views, efficient networking and targeting customers.”


  33. MedTecLive
    April 20-22, 2021 • Nuremberg, Germany

    MedtecLIVE was created from the events Medtec Europe and MT-CONNECT and entered the market at its first event in 2019 as THE European trade fair for medical technology. MedtecLIVE’s concept aims to link all players in the medical technology industry, from classic suppliers to manufacturers. With professional support from leading companies, associations and institutions. With academic support from the parallel congress MedTech Summit Congress & Partnering. Skillfully managed by two leading exhibition organizers for the European industry.


  34. MedCity Invest
    April 19 -23, 2021 • Virtual

    MedCity INVEST unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with the most promising healthcare startups. For more than a decade, biopharma, diagnostics, health IT, medical devices and beyond have presented here to investors like AbbVie, Qualcomm Ventures, Mayo Clinic Ventures, Baxter, Baird and many others. More than 300 venture capitalists, angel investors, prominent industry executives, innovative thought leaders and more will attend.


  35. The MedTech Forum 2021
    April 20-22, 2021 • Barcelona, Spain

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


  36. 17th International Conference on Surgical Pathology and Cancer
    April 20-22, 2021 • Berlin, Germany

    17th International Conference on Surgical Pathology & Cancer , will be organized around the theme “”Innovations in Pathology and Research in Cancer Diagnosis””. Surgical Pathology 2021 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in Surgical Pathology 2021.


  37. ICPDME 2021: 15. International Conference on Product Design in Medical Electronics
    April 22-23, 2021 • New York, USA

    ICPDME 2021: 15. International Conference on Product Design in Medical Electronics aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Product Design in Medical Electronics. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Product Design in Medical Electronics.


  38. ASLMS 2021
    April 24-25, 2021 • Virtual

    ASLMS is in its fourth decade as a world leader in promoting excellence in patient care by advancing biomedical application of lasers and energy-based technologies. If you work with medical lasers and other energy-based devices in a clinical, research, educational or manufacturing capacity and are committed to continuously improving patient care, this conference is for you!


  39. Drug/Device and Device/Drug Combinations in the EU and USA Training Course
    April 26-27, 2021 (Face-to-Face, venue not yet confirmed) & April 28-29, 2021 (Live Webinar)

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


  40. Future Health Summit 2021
    April 27 – 28, 2021 • RDS, Dublin

    The Future Health Summit is the global gathering for healthcare in Ireland. With 500+ delegates, 50+ Exhibitors and 80% senior level audience. The Future Health Summit 2021 focusing on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Disruption in healthcare will be held on 27-28 April 2021 at RDS, Merrion Road, Dublin 4.


  41. FDA Xavier MedCon Conference
    May 03-14, 2021 • Virtual

    At the FDA/Xavier MedCon Conference, global regulators and medical device manufacturers engage to increase speed to market and product quality through innovation. During the conference, you will experience paradigm-shifting dialogue leading to practical solutions you can implement today, learn proactive and predictive methods to protect your products, your business, and your patients, gain cross-functional insights that foster critical alignment and collaboration across your organization.


  42. BIOMEDevice
    May 05-06, 2021 • Boston Convention Center & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

    BIOMEDevice Boston will be organized in accordance with Informa’s AllSecure health and safety standard. As the world’s leading events’ organizer, Informa has developed a detailed set of enhanced measures to provide the highest levels of hygiene and safety at its events, providing everyone with reassurance and confidence they are participating in a safe and controlled environment.


  43. ACC 21
    May 15-17, 2021 • Atlanta, GA

    ACC.21 is THE opportunity to reImagine Global Heart Health with a focus on the latest science, innovation and practice-changing updates in care in a safe environment being planned with the latest health and safety guidelines in place.


  44. AusMedtech 2021
    May 17-21, 2021 • Melbourne Convention Centre


    Save the date: 17-21 May 2021 at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Join us for AusMedtech 2021, Australia’s premier medical technology conference. We look forward to re-connecting with all of our valued sponsors,exhibitors, speakers and delegates.


  45. 2021 Forum: Gene & Cell Therapy
    May 19-21, 2021 • Boston, Massachusetts

    How will gene and cell therapy change health care? Join CEOs, industry leaders, and Harvard’s top medical faculty to assess the future of medicine and the specific actions needed to realize the promise of emerging research for patients everywhere.


  46. The 94th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association 
    May 20-23, 2021 • Tokyo International Forum, JP Tower Hall & Conference

    More than 10,000 participants from all over the world will join in this JOA congress.The main theme of the meeting is “Heritage and Invention – Dream, Dare and Do.”


  47. Arab Health
    May 23 – July 22 2021 • Online


    In this changing world it’s more important than ever to spend your time and money wisely. So, we’ve completely reviewed and redefined the Arab Health experience – introducing our new online platform that connects with the live event.


  48. WORLD CONFERENCE ON QUALITY AND IMPROVEMENT
    May 24 – 28, 2021 • Virtual

    Encompassing more than manufacturing integrity, today’s concept of quality represents an enterprise-wide philosophy encompassing all facets of organizational excellence. In recognition of the vital connection between excellence, digital transformation, and deep cultural improvement, WCQI 2021 showcases quality’s myriad contributions to organizational excellence, and celebrates 75 years of bringing quality professionals together to explore quality’s distinctive ability to transform people, processes, and organizations. The 2021 conference agenda will offer actionable strategies and deep insights into organizational excellence, disruptive technologies, leadership and change management, and quality fundamentals. Attendees will come away with vital tools and tactics to affect change, increase value, and drive their organizations toward quality goals.


  49. 12th European Congress of Neurophatology
    May 31-June 3, 2021 • Odense, Denmark

    The Congress will cover all areas of neuropathology and focus on novel diagnostic approaches including molecular mechanisms explaining pathological and clinical manifestations of neurological diseases. An important issue will be integration of novel molecular technologies into neuropathology. The scientific program will include lectures by top scientists about cuttingedge technologies and workshops focusing on the practical approach in an innovative interactive way. 


  50. ISSLS Annual meeting 2021
    May 31- June 4, 2021 • Virtual


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


  51. ICBMMD 2021: 15. International Conference on Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices
    June 03-04, 2021 • New York, USA


    ICBMMD 2021: 15. International Conference on Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Biomedical Materials and Medical Devices.


  52. AAMI Exchange 2021
    June 04-07, 2021 • Charlotte, NC

    The AAMI Exchange is the premier health technology event bringing together the entire community of AAMI stakeholders—biomedical and clinical engineers, technicians, cybersecurity and sterilization experts, hospital administrators and managers, and the industry’s leading service and solution providers. The AAMI Exchange provides a forum for broad conversations among these stakeholders on the ever-changing industry of medical technology.


  53. MD&M East
    June 15-17,2021 • Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York

    Our comprehensive manufacturing event is a six-in-one trade show designed to give you a complete view of the product lifecycle—from prototype to production. Come explore the latest insights and solutions spanning medtech, packaging, automation, plastics, design, and quality.


  54. Arab Health
    June 21-24, 2021 • Dubai World Trade Centre (LIVE)


    In this changing world it’s more important than ever to spend your time and money wisely. So, we’ve completely reviewed and redefined the Arab Health experience – introducing our new online platform that connects with the live event.


  55. CARS 2021
    June 21-25, 2021 • Munich, Germany

    “The CARS Congress is the annual event for a distinguished international community of scientists, engineers and physicians to present and discuss the key innovations that shape modern medicine on a worldwide basis. After a successful hybrid CARS meeting in Munich this year, we are encouraged to follow the philosophy of a hybrid meeting also for CARS 2021 with a balanced combination of in-person and virtual presentations and discussions. Founded in 1983, CARS has played a leading role in medical and imaging informatics for more than 35 years by focusing on research and development on novel algorithms and systems and their applications in radiology and surgery. Its growth and impact is due to CARS’s close collaboration with the IFCARS, ISCAS, CAR, CAD, CMI and IPCAI organizations.”


  56. OUTSOURCING IN CLINICAL TRIALS: MEDICAL DEVICES USA 2021
    June 23-24, 2021 • Irvine, California, USA

    This event is a must attend in the calendar for those involved in medical device trials. We have built on last year’s incredibly successful virtual conference and are returning to Irvine for 2021, with the aim of Supporting trial sponsors and solution providers across the USA to ensure trials are delivered on time, partnerships are improved and innovations are showcased. Discussing, deliberating and debating the latest operational and technological challenges with regards to clinical trial in medical devices. Catch-up with old colleagues and make new lasting business connections to help drive success in your trials


  57. DIA 2021 Global Annual Meeting
    June 27-July 01, 2021 • Philadelphia, PA

    he DIA 2021 Global Annual Meeting pushes beyond walls and borders. It is collaboration without boundaries, and we want you to join us and play a key role in building the framework of the future—making connections, gaining skills and insights, and advancing science to improve global health.


  58. 43rd Annual Diagnostic Imaging: Back to the Vineyard
    June 28-July 02, 2021 • Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, Massachusetts

    Designed for clinical radiologists, this course will highlight imaging pitfalls and provide you with practical tips you can immediately incorporate into your practice.  The schedule covers a wide range of topics emphasizing CT and MRI imaging in common abdominal pathology, sports-related injuries, and the evaluation of interstitial lung diseases.  Participants can earn up to 15 SAM credits by attending the entire course.


  59. Digital Healthcare Show
    July 07-08, 2021 • Excel London, UK

    The Digital Healthcare Show welcomes CIOs, CCIOs, senior IT leaders and clinicians from the NHS, Local Government, CCGs and Primary Care together to harness the huge opportunity to improve services and patient experience through digital transformation. The double award winning event will incorporate ehi Live in 2021 to bring you two days of game-changing education and networking.


  60. Medtrade West
    July 12-14, 2021 • Phoenix Convention Center, AZ

    Medtrade West, formerly Medtrade Spring, is the second largest (Medtrade is the largest) tradeshow in the U.S. focused exclusively on the home medical equipment market. Medtrade West is designed to give today’s providers the highest quality educational, networking and advocacy opportunities and the largest selection of HME products under one roof.


  61. The 5th Edition of Medical Philippines Expo 2021
    July 14-16, 2021 • SMX Convetion Center, Manila, Philippines

    The 5th Edition of MEDICAL Philippines 2021 (co-located with PHARMA PHILIPPINES 2021 and DENTAL PHILIPPINES 2021) is the only specialized medical, dental, and pharmaceutical event in the Philippines that brings together an international congregation of medical and healthcare equipment and services, dental technology and pharmaceutical companies, and its supporting industries gathered in Manila to showcase the latest developments in the medical, dental, and pharmaceutical industry.


  62. INFORMS Healthcare Conference 2021
    July 21-23, 2021 • Indianapolis, IN

    Despite rapidly developing technology, new data sources, and process advances, healthcare delivery in general remains reactive and hospital centered. Further, many individuals have limited access to care and numerous disparities in health outcomes exist. We welcome talented researchers and practitioners to INFORMS Healthcare 2021 to help accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches to transform healthcare to a system that is equitable, preventive, proactive, evidence‐based, and person‐centered.


  63. Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) 2021 Annual Meeting
    August 08-11, 2021 • Austin Marriott, Austin, TX

    The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) 2021 Annual Meeting is a international and nonprofit association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences with a focus on biotechnology, industrial products, processes and materials.


  64. HIMSS 21
    August 09-13, 2021 • Las Vegas, NV

    The HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition brings together information and technology professionals, healthcare executives and clinicians, consultants, entrepreneurs and market suppliers from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.


  65. MD&M West and Pacific Design & Manufacturing Conference
    August 10-12, 2021 • Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

    This 3-day, 12-track event features medtech, smart manufacturing, 3D printing, packaging, and plastics content for engineers working in design, quality, manufacturing and automation, and packaging for medical device, automotive, aerospace, food and beverage and related manufacturing industries. It is the largest design & manufacturing conference in the US, taking place in one of the largest hubs for innovation in the world – California. This is the event that top industry engineers, business leaders, C-Suite executives, and disruptive companies will come to find inspiration, new technology, and new state of the art manufacturing practices that advance the production of complex innovations across the complete product design and development lifecycle. The Conference provides attendees with access to sessions that share the latest in areas such as new materials, components, tools, and solutions to help engineers transform their product, make manufacturing more efficient and less costly, and help speed the go-to-market process.


  66. Ai4 2021
    August 17-19, 2021 • Virtual

    Over two days, the Ai4 2021 Summit brings together business leaders and data practitioners to facilitate the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Join us at industry’s most impactful AI event.


  67. 3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SURGERY 2021
    Aug 30-Sep 01, 2021 • Istanbul, Turkey

    MomentEra is glad to welcome you all to the 3rd International Conference on Surgery 2021 which will be held during August 30th – September 01st, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. Here is a chance for you to be a part of one of the most significant international event in the field of Surgery in 2021. During this event, you will have a great chance to socialize with other researchers, scientists, professors, and students in the field of Surgery. You should be able to discover novel opportunities and broaden your knowledge through this professional event. It will also serve as an excellent platform for participants for research to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Surgery.


  68. 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.


  69. 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.


  70. 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!


  71. DeviceTalks Boston
    October 04-05, 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”


  72. 12th Drug Discovery Innovation Programme
    October 06-07, 2021 • Boston, MA

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  73. MedicalAM
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  74. 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.
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    October 19-21,2021 • Javits Center, NYC

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  76. 6th Pharma Supply Chain & Logistics Innovation Programme
    October 21-22, 2021 • Basel, Switzerland



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  77. 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.


  78. 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.


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    November 11-12, 2021 • Zurich, Switzerland

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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.