Archives for November 2019

Top 80 Medical Device Conferences in 2020 – 2021

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Medical Device Conferences 2020 – 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.

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

  1. 5th Microbiome Movement – Drug Development Summit 2020
    October 19-21, 2020 • Virtual

    The Microbiome Movement – Drug Development Summit continues to be the industry-leading forum to help forward thinking researchers from the pharmaceutical, biotech and academic community pursue the causal role of the human microbiome in disease, to create a new generation of targeted treatments that demonstrate consistent clinical outcomes and predictable MoAs.

  2. FDA Virtual Public Meeting – Medical Device User Fee Amendments for Fiscal Years 2023 Through 2027
    October 27, 2020 • Virtual

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting on the reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments for fiscal years 2023 through 2027 (MDUFA V). The current legislative authority for the medical device user fee program expires on September 30, 2022. New legislation is required for the FDA to continue to collect user fees for the medical device program in future fiscal years.

  3. Additive Manufacturing & 3D Innovations
    October 28-29, 2020 • Virtual

    Live interaction | Face time with experts | Breakthroughs you won’t see anywhere else. Reserve your front row seat! Don’t miss the most in-depth event on Medical AM in the world. Collaboration. It’s at the heart of Medical Additive Manufacturing. It’s what drives innovation. It’s what changes lives. And now, it’s at the center of the only event of its kind: AM Medical Summit.

  4. Red Herring North America
    November 2020 •

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

  5. 11th World Conference on Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (WCASET-2020)
    November 1-2, 2020 • Holiday Inn London – Heathrow Arie, United Kingdom

    Applied Science, Engineering and Technology conferences will provide an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  The World Conference on Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (WCASET) is a platform for researchers, scientists, scholars, students and industry professionals from around the world to present their current research, and foster alliances with peers. The goal of this Conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to focus on understanding Modern engineering and applied sciences concepts and establishing new collaborations in these areas.

  6. Omnia Health Live Americas
    November 2-6,2020 • Virtual

    A virtual, 5-day expo for the healthcare region in the Americas, with online tools to facilitate seamless networking between distributors and clinicians in the U.S. and LATAM and global medical device and equipment manufacturers.

  7. The Complexity Threat: Why Medical Device Teams Need a New Approach to Product Requirements
    November 05, 2020 • Webinar


    New technology development in the medical device arena has led to increasingly complex new products. This trend will likely increase due to the increasing market of IoT, SAaMD (SW as a medical device), AI, Health Apps, etc. With increasing complexity comes the advent of errors and device failures. This industry trend is evidenced by an increase in product recalls and security issues. Projections indicate that both the frequency and severity of these problems will continue to rise.

  8. World Academy of Science, Engineering &Technology
    November 5-6, 2020 • Virtual

    ICHTAS 2020: 14. International Conference on Health Technology Assessment and Strategies aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Health Technology Assessment and Strategies. 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 Health Technology Assessment and Strategies.

  9. 3rd Lab Asset and Facility Management in Pharma 2020
    November 11-12, 2020 • Virtual

    The 3rd Lab Asset & Facility Management in Pharma will return this Winter as your ONLY industry led meeting focusing on R&D asset and FM, enabling you to regain control of your assets, optimize your space and benchmark best practices to stay ahead of the curve.

  10. Real World Evidence Conference
    November 14-15, 2020 • Hyatt Regency Cambridge, MA

    Real-world evidence (RWE) is increasingly becoming important for regulatory decision-making and beginning to touch all areas of the healthcare value chain. Historically used for post-market safety monitoring, sponsors are now beginning to use RWE to support clinical trial design and observational studies in order to generate better treatment approaches, while healthcare systems are collecting and using RWE to substantiate coverage decisions. DIA’s Real World Evidence Conference will explore new and innovative applications of RWE, and deliver cutting-edge insights in how stakeholders are leveraging RWE to advance healthcare knowledge and decision-making.

  11. FDA Virtual Public Meeting – FDA’s Communications About the Safety of Medical Devices
    November 17, 2020 • Virtual

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

  12. Veeva Commercial & Medical Summit Online
    November 17-18, 2020 • Virtual

    Veeva Commercial and Medical Summit Online features life sciences leaders who are accelerating digital engagement in this time of rapid change. Join us to learn about the latest innovations and best practices.

  13. Computer Modeling & Simulation in MedTech Product Development & Submissions
    November 18-20, 2020 • Virtual

    Computer modeling and simulation (CM&S) are widespread in many industries, but are only recently being adopted in med tech, which still largely relies on a “build and test” approach.  Prototyping, testing, and design optimization are costly and time-consuming. Clinical studies consume even more time and money, and there are practical and ethical limitations on the populations, parameters, and treatment contexts that can be explored.

  14. FDA’s Medical Device Software Regulation Strategy
    November 19-20, 2020 • Virtual

    The growth of the medical software industry outpaces the design of FDA’s regulatory process. In some instances clinicians have weighed the risk of software failure against the benefits of using a device at all. Device software is often used in conjunction with other software-based devices, but their interoperability was never anticipated.

  15. 19th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting
    November 20-22, 2020 • Virtual

    This dynamic event has been designed by the Scientific/Educational Planning Teams for both the 45th Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting under the leadership of Chair Jaime Baratta, MD, and the 19th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting under the leadership of Chair Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD. No matter what your interests may be, you’ll find plenty of relevant and engaging content in an exciting and interactive program. 

  16. 6th International Conference on Public Health 2020
    November 23-24, 2020 • Virtual

    Be a part of an amazing attendee engagement just like Face-to-Face Conferences and maximize virtual Networking Opportunities and Community Building. Our goal is to deliver the physical conference experience through our virtual conference. We invite you to participate in the two-day online conference, present and share your research work, publish with well-known publishers while advancing your career.

  17. Pharma and Patient USA 2020
    December 01-04, 2020 • Virtual

    At Reuters Events Pharma & Patient USA (December 1-4, 2020, Virtual), hundreds of industry experts, patient leaders and key stakeholders will unite to devise an advanced roadmap for patient centricity that goes above and beyond to prioritize patient needs in our extraordinary new landscape. Discover how to leverage patient-generated data to uncover patients’ lived experience and identify unmet needs; revolutionize care with patient-centric design thinking; embrace digital health to create holistic solutions for patients; diversify your research participation; apply key adjustments in trial design to reduce patient burden; and so much more. You’ll gain the tools and techniques that put your patients first and your engagement strategy in first place.

    December 02-03, 2020 • Virtual

    The virtual conference has been designed to help you gain clarification on how best to apply endpoint adjudication for different disease states to ensure accuracy, quality data and patient safety, while minimizing risk and resource requirements. Hosting the same leading speaker line-up and expert-informed program, this virtual meeting will give you the opportunity to get the information you’re seeking from anywhere around the globe. And, with all presentations made available for 30-days on-demand, you won’t miss a thing!

  19. Digital ICMTMR 2020: 14. International Conference on Medical Technology Management and Regulation
    December 10-11, 2020 • Virtual

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

  20. Medicall
    December 10-13, 2020 • Virtual

    Medicall, is India�s largest B2B Medical Equipment Exhibition is organized by Medexpert Business Consultants Pvt Ltd, promoted by Dr. Manivannan S, Managing Director of Kauvery hospital a 1000 bedded Hospital group in South India. This hospital was started 19 years back with 30 beds by young professionals with limited knowledge about hospital industry. They faced many hurdles in their course of growth. Medicall was born with the idea to share their expertise with the fellow medical fraternity.

  21. 10th American Drug Delivery & Formulation Virtual Summit
    December 14-15, 2020 • Virtual

    The 2020 Virtual Summit covers both small molecules and biologics, new technologies, concepts and case studies in areas such as formulation design for poorly soluble compounds, the potential of nanotechnology for better deliverability, the latest controlled released technologies, improving patient compliance by harnessing data and the latest smart device technology, optimising formulations for continuous manufacturing, overcoming the blood brain barrier and challenges in oral delivery of biologics, reformulation and biosimilars.

  22. 4th Annual EU MDR & QMS Implementation Conference
    December 14-18, 2020 • Virtual

    The wide scope of EU MDR compliance continues to drive significant cross-functional changes within medical device companies. As global regulatory professionals await further guidance on clinical trial documentation, technical file templates, and database management, implementation efforts continue to take shape. Presenting specific EU requirements that must be present for the QMS adds added complexity in the EU MDR compliance process. The bandwidth of notified bodies is more limited than ever and the capacity of these organizations to provide clarity has often fallen short. Even after the May 2020 MDR deadline, uncertainties continue to delay the development of clinical trial protocols, manufacturing processes, and proper documentation for product certifications.

  23. Winter Imaging in Beaver Creek
    January 04-07, 2021 • Virtual

    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.

  24. 2021 Biotech Showcase
    January 11-15, 2021 • Virtual

    Biotech Showcase spans the life science ecosystem with a family of dedicated events and program sessions addressing the latest and most relevant industry opportunities and challenges.

  25. Fostering Digital Health Innovation in Drug Delivery
    January 13-14, 2021 • Virtual

    Digital health technologies (wearable sensors, smartphone apps) have been increasingly utilized in drug delivery for intended uses such as assessment of endpoints, diagnosis of diseases, and recommendation of treatment decisions. Artificial intelligence/machine learning is routinely applied when deploying these technologies. This workshop will provide an overview of digital health regulations and provide a venue to discuss challenges and opportunities associated with lifecycles of these technologies ranging from technical/clinical development, health authority interactions, regulatory submissions, and post-approval maintenance.

  26. 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.

    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.

  28. 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.

    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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Medical imaging convention 2020

    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.

  35. 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.

  36. The Future Health Show
    March 17-18, 2020 • Excel London, UK

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    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.

    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.


    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.

    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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

    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.

  43. 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.

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


    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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.

  52. 2021 Forum: Gene & Cell Therapy
    May 10-12, 2021 • Boston, Massachusetts

    Thank you for your continuing support especially during this global crisis. Register for next year’s Forum where we discuss gene and cell therapies and how it’s changing health care.

  53. 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.

  54. The Annual Health Meeting
    May 18-20, 2021 • PARIS EXPO – PORTE DE VERSAILLES – HALL 1

    In full change, the hospital and social and medico-social establishments are at the heart of the news with a growing concern of public opinion on the future of the health system . For this new edition, at a time when our health system must be redesigned, the FHF wishes to offer all health players to come together around a common theme: “Attractiveness in all its forms”.

  55. AusMedtech 2021
    May 19-21, 2021 • Melbourne Convention Centre

    Save the date: 19-20 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.

  56. 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.”

  57. 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. 

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

    June 29-30, 2021 • NEC, Birmingham, UK

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    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!

  64. 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.

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    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.

    Aug 30-Sep 01, 2021 • Paris, France

    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 Paris, France. 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.

  67. 12th Drug Discovery Innovation Programme
    October 06-07, 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. Pharmaceuticals & Pharmacy Networking Conferences
    November 24-25, 2021 • Paris, France

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    November 24-25, 2021 • Paris, France

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    November 29-30, 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.

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.