Archives for November 2019

Top 80 Medical Device Conferences in 2020

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

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

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

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


  1. Medtech Impact: Educational Track
    December 13 – 15, 2019 • Las Vegas, USA


    MedTech Impact on Wellness is an educational session at the A4M/MMI Annual World Congress in Las Vegas, featuring perspectives from clinicians, healthcare executives, technology and device developers, and entrepreneurs. With a diverse array of panel speakers, all of whom represent various aspects of the rapidly advancing industry of healthcare technology, sessions will primarily focus on how to revolutionize the prevention, diagnosis, and management of chronic disease.


  2. 2020 CMBE CONFERENCE
    January 02 – 06, 2020 • Wyndham Grand Rio Mar , Puerto Rico Gold & Beach Resort, USA

    The theme, “Vision 2020: Emerging Technologies to Elucidate the Rule of Life,” is intended to address the key problem of how the new emerging technologies can help us to engineer better biological systems to transform our understanding of the rule of life, as well as translate new discoveries in ways that ultimately benefit human health. Recently, many new technologies have been developed such as genomic/epigenetic editing, single-cell to tissue level cell atlas, tools to manipulate the extracellular environment, and methods to fabricate cell/tissue structure in 3D. Within this central theme, a broad spectrum of isolated groups has emerged from disparate disciplines but has not been fully engaged in CMBE community


  3. Breast and Body Imaging at the Beach 2020
    January 05 – 10, 2020 • Guanacaste, Guanacaste

    This 15th annual January course not only takes us to Costa Rica, a new destination for Penn Radiology CME, but is also an expanded week to include body imaging topics to appeal to a wider audience. The program is designed for full or part-time radiologists looking to improve their acumen in both breast and body imaging. Three days of dedicated breast lectures will provide 15 breast imaging credits to meet MQSA requirements. Participants have Wednesday off to venture out and explore Costa Rica on a full-day excursion. The committee resumes the schedule on Thursday with lectures including adnexal masses, endometrial and cervical carcinoma, prostate, and focal liver lesions.


  4. Winter Imaging In Beaver Creek
    January 06 – 10, 2020 • Beaver Creek, CO USA

    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.


  5. Mayo Clinic Radiation Oncology: Current Practice and Future Direction 2020
    January 06 – 10, 2020 • Hapuna Beach Resort, Waimea, Hawaii, USA

    This conference is intended to provide a balanced and multidisciplinary discussion of contemporary cancer treatment using didactic lectures, panel discussions, and poster sessions. The course will cover several specific clinical areas including Breast, Prostate, and CNS cancers as well as Lymphoma and Sarcomas. The course will also address several important advances in the field, such as the use of hypofractionation, integration of surgery, new chemotherapies including immunotherapy and their integration into clinical practice.


  6. The Fertility 2020 Conference
    January 09 – 11, 2020 • EICC Edinburgh

    The theme for the joint annual conference is ‘Reproduction in a changing world‘ featuring an exciting, cutting edge programme of high profile, scientific international and UK speakers, with a wide range of concurrent sessions focusing on specialist areas in fertility and reproductive biology guaranteed to excite, stimulate and motivate!
    The event will also feature over 200 scientific poster presentations, a large trade exhibition and a packed networking programme providing an excellent opportunity to learn, network and exchange ideas.


  7. POSICON 2020
    January 09 – 12, 2020 • Hotel Radisson Blu, Coimbatore

    We have great pleasure in welcoming you all for POSICON 2020 at Coimbatore from 9th to 12th, January, 2020. The conference theme has been rightly chosen as “Challenges in 2020” which would be interesting for each one of us, to share the challenges and look at the possibilities to navigate through the future. We have eminent International and National faculties who with their wealth of experience will discuss the various challenges faced in our day-to-day practice of paediatric orthopaedics.


  8. Biotech Showcase
    January 13 – 15, 2020 • Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA USA

    Biotech Showcase™ is an investor conference, during JPM 2020, devoted to providing private and public biotechnology and life sciences companies with an opportunity to present to, and meet with, investors and pharmaceutical executives in one place during the course of one of the industry’s largest annual healthcare investor conferences. Investors and biopharmaceutical executives from around the world gather in San Francisco during this bellwether week which sets the tone for the coming year.


  9. Digital Medicine & Medtech Showcase
    January 13 – 15, 2020 • Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, CA

    Industry leading perspectives: Digital medicine and medtech programming PLUS full access to the Biotech Showcase program. Productive meetings: Request and schedule one-to-one meetings in partneringONE®. Curated presentations: Hear from 75+ companies. Networking opportunities: Connect with investors and potential partners.


  10. 30th European Days of the French Society of Cardiology
    January 15 – 18, 2020 • Palais des Congrès in Paris

    The French Society of Cardiology has the pleasure to welcome you on this website to keep you informed about the latest news concerning the European Days congress. The next European Days will take place from 15th to 18th January 2020 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris for its 30th edition. We are looking forward to see you again for these new European Days in Paris. Before January comes, we invite you to participate in the congress’ call for abstracts to permit you to present your work in a oral presentation or an e-poster.


  11. International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy
    January 22 – 25, 2020 • Hollywood, FL USA

    For more than 30 years, ISET has served as the premier arena for pioneering and practical endovascular education. Alumni have gone on to transform the fields of interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, vascular surgery, and more. There simply is no comparison. ISET is where legends—current and future—come together to explore groundbreaking techniques, technologies, and procedures while exchanging discussion and debate that ultimately drive patient care forward.


  12. 23rd North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Meeting
    January 23 – 26, 2020 • Las Vegas, NV USA

    Jointly provided by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Neuromodulation Society, this is the premier meeting in the field of neuromodulation. Learn from leading experts in the field, network, and hear about the latest scientific research and technical advancements in neuromodulation.


  13. Surgicalpathology 2020
    January 27 – 28, 2020 • Bangkok, Thailand

    Healthcare Asia Pacific 2020 is an uncommon event proposed for specialists to support the dispersal and utilization of research disclosures on Healthcare. The Theme of the meeting is “Leading Innovation for Better Healthcare and Nursing Systems”. The gathering invites speakers from social Healthcare Universities, clinical research associations, expository associations and Healthcare ventures to share their investigation experiences on all parts of this rapidly developing field and thusly, giving a show of the latest Healthcare Techniques.


  14. Arab Health
    January 27 – 30, 2020 • Dubai World Trade Centre

    For 45 years Arab Health has brought you the latest innovations in healthcare. From state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the most cost-effective disposables; developments in surgery to advances in prosthetics, Arab Health continues to be at the heart of healthcare in the Middle East.


  15. 8th Medical Device Safety Monitoring & Reporting
    January 28 – 30, 2020 • Sheraton La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA

    Attending this 8th marcus evans event will allow attendees the opportunity to broaden and strengthen their safety measures while streamlining measures to maintain and meet regulatory sanctions. The Medical Device arena is constantly updating methods to best conduct device monitoring and reporting, it is imperative for companies to continually amend practices in order to maintain compliance, optimize device safety and maintain a competitive edge. With EU MDR compliance deadlines around the corner, this is a critical time for companies to identify and crowd check plans for meeting regulations. Additionally, in a world where technology is king, Medical Device manufacturers continue to find new ways to incorporate tech in the device realm, creating a more significant and diverse measure of safety than ever before.


  16. Critical Issues for Medical Devices in 2020
    January 30 – 31, 2020 • Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport, Boston, MA 02128, United States

    The FDA’s device regulation has begun to make your regulatory life easier. Can you qualify for an easier way of life under FDA regulation? Getting to market with a new device could be totally under your control and keep FDA out the premarket hurdle. On the other hand, the EU’s new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) will make it more difficult. How can you prepare for that? What does it mean for FDA’s regulatory plans and your marketing roll out for new products? One disaster remains hidden and will be costly if you do not plan for it.


  17. 8th Annual Global Pharmaceutical & Medical Meetings Summit
    February 10 – 12, 2020 • Boston, MA USA

    Each year, this event convenes senior meeting management professionals from the life sciences, medical, and health care industries for empowering ROI-driven conversations, peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, shared best practices, and networking. The Summit remains committed to a 1:1 ratio of meeting management professionals to solution providers. Join us at the most productive meeting management industry event.


  18. Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West
    February 11 – 13, 2020 • Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA USA

    Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West is where serious professionals find the technologies, education, and connections to stay ahead in the global medical manufacturing community. In addition to more than 1,900 cutting-edge suppliers showcasing the latest solutions in contract manufacturing, manufacturing equipment, automation, R&D, medical device components, materials, plastics, and more, MD&M West hosts the largest three-day medtech conference in North America.


  19. MedTech Summit
    February 12 – 13, 2020 • Belgium

    With regulations such as MDR, IVDR, MDSAP and ISO 13485 in place, Medtech manufacturers are increasingly looking towards efficiency by partnering with raw material and component part suppliers who are reliable, compliant and cost effective. It is crucial for supplier quality management professionals to select right suppliers, manage them by establishing effective communication in the early stages of product development and qualify each suppliers based on risk level and supplier type, including traditional component suppliers, software suppliers, and chemical suppliers, as each suppliers require unique and differentiated qualification standards. With an increased focus on supplier controls in the updated regulations and a greater focus on risk management in the updated ISO 13485, manufacturers must review and update their supplier quality management (SQM) process by performing timely inspections and audits, as well as understanding the capabilities and needs of the supplier counterpart to avoid non-conformance.


  20. EXPO MANUFACTURA
    February 11 – 13, 2020 • MONTERREY, N.L. MÉXICO

    EXPO MANUFACTURA® is the show where you will find the industry solutions and innovation presented by national and international companies.


  21. ECCO Congress 2020
    February 12 – 15, 2020 • Vienna, Austria

    The scientific programme is structured around basic science, traditional medicine and clinical sessions given by some of the world’s top specialists. It includes oral presentations of the best abstracts, the announcement of ECCO Fellowships and Grants and summary presentations of new ECCO Guidelines. Scientific sessions will be held Thursday to Saturday, February 13-15, 2020. No parallel sessions are scheduled. The congress registration fee includes access to all scientific sessions.


  22. SPIE Medical Imaging
    February 15 – 20, 2020 • Marriott Marquis Houston, Texas, US

    SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 257,000 constituents from approximately 173 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.


  23. 10x Medical Device Conference
    February 17, 2020 • 116 Pall Mall, a walk from Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom

    Thank you, Medical Device Community, for your invitation to host a 10x Medical Device Conference in London! This will be first of what I hope will be many such gatherings. You want to know what 10x is all about and whether it’s right for you. Here’s the backstory that brings you up to date for this, our tenth event. 10x London will be a single day: 17 February 2020 and not held in a hotel – so we don’t have any group rates at hotels. Doors open at 7:15 for breakfast and “last call” will be 8 p.m., so plan for a full day of new friends, stimulating conversation, helpful tips, fun, food, and drink. Your £495 registration includes full-day catering (breakfast, fork buffet lunch, coffee breaks, food, drinks – and our famous ice cream social!) Or, if you can’t spend a whole day with us, please attend at least the evening events: A thought-provoking keynote presentation, immediately followed by a two-hour cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.


  24. International Conference on Medical Pathology
    February 17- 19, 2020 • DoubleTree by Hilton Houston, Intercontinental Airport

    MedPath-2020 hosts an important gathering and foster connections that will spur the innovations in Anatomical, Clinical and Molecular Pathology. It is a three-day event with an assemblage of inspirational keynote addresses, theoretical presentations, interactive panels and valuable real-world case studies from across the academia and industry spectrum of Pathology & Allied areas.
    It paves ideal layout for Pathologists, Scientists, Molecular Biologists, Geneticists, Physicians, Researchers, Professors and Business People to meet and share advances that offers diagnostic, prognostic and predictive information essential for best patient care. The key lectures will sketch vistas from higher up in the basic research discoveries, linking pathology with its firm science roots.
    We hope MedPath-2020 will be the best platform to explore and address Pathology issues and beyond at located capital for art of medicine-Texas.


  25. Emerging Medtech Summit 2020
    February 18 – 20, 2020 • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel – Dana Point, CA

    This event is bringing together the top strategics, investors, and innovators driving the future of our industry.


  26. Pharma Packaging and Labeling East Coast 2020
    February 19 – 20, 2020 • Philadelphia

    After another successful year, a special thank you to all our attendees at the Pharma Packaging and Labeling Conference! Arena International is delighted to announce we will be returning to Philadelphia in 2020 for another superb year. We have welcomed more than 120 attendees from across the region for two days of engaging presentations from the biggest names in the sector.


  27. 2nd Medical Devices: Regulatory and Compliance Summit
    February 20 – 21, 2020 • Austria, Vienna

    There’s less than one year left to EU MDR implementation. Are you ready? This process can be complex and challenging, and the 2nd Medical Devices: Regulatory and Compliance Summit is here to help. This two-day event provides the appropriate platform for industry leaders and regulatory professionals to discuss the best practices for implementing MDR and IVDR in the EU. Held on February 20-21, 2020, in Vienna, Austria, this Summit will shed light on classification, conformity assessment and risk management in regulatory strategies to achieve com.


  28. 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies
    February 24 – 26, 2020 • Valletta, Malta

    The purpose of the International Conference on Biomedical 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.


  29. Field Service Medical
    February 24 – 26, 2020 • Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

    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.


  30. AsiaTIDES
    February 24 – 26, 2020 • The Westin Miyako, Kyoto, Japan

    THE ONLY EVENT IN ASIA BRINGING TOGETHER SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGIES AND PARTNERS TO ACCELERATE OLIGONUCLEOTIDE AND PEPTIDE MOLECULES TO MARKET



  31. Cell Therapy Manufacturing Asia
    February 26 – 28, 2020 • Westin Miyako, Kyoto, Japan


    Transforming innovative research to change the shape of cell therapy manufacturing in Asia and beyond.


  32. MEDICAL JAPAN 2020 OSAKA – 6th Int’l Medical and Elderly Care Expo Osaka
    February 26 – 28, 2020 • INTEX, Osaka, Japan


    B to B trade show specialised in all the necessary elderly care and nursing products! It is the best venue to source latest elderly care and nursing products and services, such as beds, furniture, rehabilitation products, care robots, sanitary materials & disposables, mobility aids, bathing aids, etc.


  33. 20th Annual Steamboat Springs 2020: MR & CT Advanced Imaging and Artificial Intelligence
    March 01 – 06, 2020 • The Steamboat Grand | Steamboat Springs, CO

    This symposium provides a cutting-edge approach to the clinical applications of MRI and CT with a primer in machine learning and artificial intelligence technology. A wide range of topics review basic to advanced clinical applications as well as integrating new innovative technologies into your clinical practice. Faculty share tips and techniques used to overcome challenges associated when adapting newer technologies into clinical practice. Lectures with integrated workstation case reviews demonstrate modern image display and basic post processing applications. Emphasis of this meeting is on the practical and clinical uses of newer technologies and adapting them into your clinical practice. Faculty members have been selected for their teaching ability, as well as their expertise.


  34. 14th ISPRM World Congress – ISPRM 2020
    March 04 – 09, 2020 • Orlando, USA

    The International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) is the result of the merger and integration of the International Rehabilitation Medicine Association (IRMA) and the International Federation of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (IFPMR). The merger was accomplished and ISPRM formed on 13 November, 1999.


  35. India Medical Device 2020
    March 05 – 07, 2020 • Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

    The Event is organised by Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India from March 5-7,2020. An initiative to increase overall growth of Pharma sector including exports and focus on increase of Domestic production in the sector by Government of India & FICCI, with the active participation from all Stakeholders. Provide a platform to global investment community to connect with stakeholders in Pharma sector in India, Central and State Governments, leading business leaders and top executives from the industry, academics and experts from the world.


  36. Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL)
    March 05 – 08, 2020 • Bali, Indonesia

    Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) Annual Meeting is organized by Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) and would be held during March 05 – 08, 2020 at Bali, Indonesia.


  37. HIMSS20 Global Conference & Exhibition
    March 09 – 13, 2020 • Orlando FL

    The 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition, March 9–13 , 2020 in Orlando, is the leading health information and technology conference, bringing together nearly 45,000 professionals from 90+ countries for the education, innovation and collaboration they need to transform health around the world through information and technology— all at one time, all in one place. Choose from 300+ education sessions, 1,300+ vendors, hundreds of special programs and endless networking events.


  38. HealthPack 2020
    March 10 – 12, 2020 • Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

    The medical device packaging industry’s trusted, authoritative annual education forum for updating technical knowledge, exploring the leading edge of industry trends and connecting with the who’s who of the industry.


  39. EUROPEAN PHARMACIES CONFERENCE AND MEDICINE AND PARAPHARMACY EXHIBITION
    March 10 – 12, 2020 • Madrid, Spain

    Exhibiting in Infarma Madrid 2020 is the most effective and worthwhile way to introduce or improve the presence of your products and services in the community pharmacy. Participating as an exhibitor in Infarma will allow you to maintain a direct and professional relationship with more than 3.000 congress participants and more than 30.000 professional visitors.


  40. LogiMed
    March 12 – 13, 2020 • Paradise Point Resort & Spa San Diego, CA

    LogiMed is a focused conference for supply chain VPs and Directors from medical device and diagnostics manufacturers. Through case study examples, small group discussions, and structured networking activities, you’ll identify best practices to improve your end-to-end supply chain and minimize cost in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.


  41. MEDIWEEK
    March 17 – 18, 2020 • NEC, Birmingham

    The UK’S Largest Healthcare event


  42. Future Health
    March 17 – 18, 2020 • Olympia, London, UK

    The Conferences at Future Health 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.


  43. MedTech Meetup 2020
    March 19, 2020 • Bluepoint Brussels

    The 4th edition of MedTech Meetup will be held on March 19, 2020 in Brussels!Once again this unique event in Belgium will shed light on the Belgian industry of medical devices. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from experts in the field and meet your peers!


  44. 5th Edition of World Congress & Exhibition on Vascular Surgery
    March 18 – 19, 2020 • Berlin, Germany

    Euroscicon Ltd with immense pleasure invites all the contributors across the globe to the 5th Edition of World Congress & Exhibition on Vascular Surgery (Vascular Surgery 2020) during March 18-19, 2020 at Berlin, Germany which includes prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations and Exhibitions. Euroscicon Ltd organizes 1000+ scientific events inclusive of 600+ Conferences, 500+ Workshops and 200+ Symposiums on various topics of Science & Technology across the globe with support from 1000 more scientific societies and Publishes 500+ Open Access journals which contain over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.



  45. 29th World Neonatal, Pediatrics and Family Medicine Conference (Faneotrics 2019)
    March 19 – 20, 2020 • Dubai, UAE

    ME Conferences organizes a series of conferences of 1000+ international Events inclusive of 1000+ Conferences, 500+ future and former Symposiums and Workshops in USA, Europe & Asia with support from a thousand additional scientific societies and publishes 700+ Open access Journals that contains over 50000 eminent personalities, acknowledged scientists as editorial board members.


  46. Imaging in Hawaii
    March 23 – 26, 2020 • Hyatt Regency Mauii

    This 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 cardiac, thoracic, musculoskeletal and body imaging applications.


  47. American College of Cardiology 2020
    March 28 – 30, 2020 • Chicago, Illinois, USA

    The American College of Cardiology (ACC), based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit medical association established in 1949. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet its qualifications. Education is a core component of the College, which is also active in the formulation of health policy and the support of cardiovascular research.


  48. AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo
    March 28 – April 01, 2020 • Anaheim, CA

    Perioperative leaders are expected to spearhead innovation – forging both clinical and financial solutions. Gain the knowledge and tools to be an effective leader in the OR and the boardroom.


  49. 17th Annual World Health Care Congress
    March 29 – April 01, 2020 • Washington, DC

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


  58. 10x Medical Device Conference
    April 15 – 16, 2020 • Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, CA

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


  59. 5th Annual ComplianceOnline Medical Device Summit 2020
    April 16 – 17, 2020 • Boston, MA

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


  63. 47th ISSLS Annual Meeting combined with Spineweek
    April 27 – May 01, 2020 • Melbourne, Australia

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We use this technology for production of parts.

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

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

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

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

Kevin Phillips: I think it facilitates the creative process.

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

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

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

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

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

There you go, your audience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Hage: Thank you.