In this age of digitalization, the Internet of Things, data analytics, additive manufacturing and new business models, strategic thinking combined with a financial perspective and an eye on technology trends will be key to aligning today's business and engineering decisions with tomorrow's medtech opportunities. Join panelists as they explore venture investments, partnerships and the M&A perspective, and look at what is on the horizon for technology development and commercialization, including business and technology cycles that are shaping the industry landscape. Learn about technology-enabled companies that have maximized growth, successfully pivoted and have overcome challenges in their industry sectors.
Selecting the right sensors for incorporation into medical devices is key to the optimization of design for manufacturing, assembly, packaging, sterilization and testing. Panelists examine the relationship between medical devices and their accessories, and sensor selection. This includes types of sensors available, tolerances for the project, and what can be measured. Also considered are the various types of medical devices, including seven of the most popular sensors used in medical device applications and the pros/cons of each. Learn how sensors are customized for specific applications, given design considerations. Case examples are presented to demonstrate applications, customization and better practices.
Rapidly evolving 3D printing applications are becoming increasingly fundamental to the product development process in the medical device industry. 3D printing allows for rapid prototyping to ensure that products that have been tested, evaluated and enhanced every step of the way to get to market faster and more economically. In this video, NYC-based creative and product development expert Josh White provides unique insights into the latest advanced manufacturing techniques that are changing the face of product innovation. He draws from real-life examples of his work with a range of consumer product companies to demonstrate how integrating 3D, rapid prototype and CNC technologies is providing development teams with unprecedented confidence and success rates in new product launches.
Lisa Pierce, executive editor of Packaging Digest, discusses Torrefied Almond Shell (TAS), a process whereby wasted biomass from almond shells is converted into a composite polymer filler that makes plastics heat-resistant, stronger and sustainable. Gain insights into the progress, challenges and opportunities in sustainable, agriculturally derived plastics and packaging that incorporate TAS and other biomass feedstocks, and USDA and partner efforts to make almond shells an economically viable feedstock for polymer composites with established technical standards.
Producing parts with complex geometries can be difficult—if not impossible—via traditional injection molding methods. 3D printing/additive manufacturing (AM) is ideal for prototyping, whereas freeform injection molding (FIM) is ideal for production. In this video, AddiFab CEO Carsten Jarfelt leads a discussion about combining AM and FIM to achieve increased agility, which allows for a greater degree of design freedom, and the ability to attain high repeatability and precision in a highly scalable process that enables manufacturers to get products to market faster, with lower startup costs and shorter lead times.
Michael Paloian, president of Integrated Design Systems, Inc. discusses the challenges faced by product designers and engineers who are charged with the task of turning ideas into fully functional products that must comply with hundreds of critical specifications. These include ease of manufacturing (DFM—design for manufacturing), given that injection-molded part designs cannot be easily changed after molds have been machined. Mr. Paloian addresses the top 10 critical injection-molded part design considerations and the importance of collaborating with trustworthy molders throughout the design process.
Implantable therapeutic systems are designed to automate the treatment of a number of conditions for improved efficacy of patient therapy, enhanced compliance and reduced potential side-effects. This discussion focuses on the complex health system and its various groups of decision makers and payers, correct identification of target consumers for new devices, factors that influence decision making with respect to new technologies, and R&D and product-development challenges.
Brian Mullins, Director, Design and Development at Kablooe Design, examines the challenging process of medical device development and reveals his 5 secrets to overcoming real design and development challenges that determine the difference between success and failure, including translating user feedback into business value, focusing on human factors, and early consideration of design manufacturability. Learn tips for pivoting projects to drive attainable solutions.
Join 3D printing expert Amy Alexander as she showcases the use of AR and VR apps in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Radiology in their advanced anatomic modeling laboratory. Learn about the 510(k)-cleared applications, 3D surface scanners and 3D printers used by Mayo Clinic at the point of care. Amy also explores the manner in which radiological data like CT or MRI imaging can be segmented to isolate anatomies and pathologies of interest in order to achieve segmentation that can be converted into digital 3D mesh for display in VR or AR or for print via 3D technology. “Try-it-yourself” app download instructions are included in the presentation.
CT scanning technology is being used in the medical and healthcare industries to increase speed and accuracy while providing access to data that powers informed decision making. This panel discussion explores new advances and techniques that can be used with injection molding, rubber or silicon to reduce long lead time in the inspection phase of process validation, with emphasis on the risks and uncertainty in standard finished part inspection, the types of materials and parts best suited for CT scanning, and data analytics for risk management.
As software disciplines and digital platforms become the source of market innovation and product differentiation, traditional medical manufacturing companies are increasingly threatened by emerging competitors and internal competency gaps. Jim VanderMey shares case studies and content from his collaboration with Rob Siegel of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business to help identify changes that need to be addressed by market-leading companies in the beginning phase of digital or IoT development. He puts special emphasis on building connected medical products that people will buy and use (avoiding the digital novelty syndrome) and avoiding common pitfalls that reduce velocity, lead to public failures or create unsustainable business models.
Colton Turner explores the ever-shrinking size of wearable medical device technologies, including Smart Watch technology, and the impact on user safety and effectiveness. This presentation also examines best practices for user interface (UI) development, based upon proven human factors research.
Bruce Carlson, Publisher, Kalorama Information, discusses the $20+ billion opportunity in the POC-IVD market (medical devices that test near the patient in the point in time and the place where the test results can be useful during care). Discover high-growth segments of the point-of-care (POC) market, the expected opportunity through 2024, how robotics and patient (DTC) testing will impact the market, the role of biosensors and the market for biosensors in POC-IVD, regulatory and competitive challenges in the marketplace, and what the POC-IVD industry needs from manufacturers and engineers.
Examine the role of virtual reality (VR) in surgeon training through surgical simulation that is accessible, effective and affordable. Portability and ease of use open the door for practicing skills and techniques anytime, anywhere. Richard Vincent, CEO of FundamentalVR, explores the use of haptic feedback (haptics), a technology that enables users to feel the virtual environment via the sense of touch in addition to visual and aural perception in combination with a VR device; the benefits of VR-assisted surgical training; and the future of VR's adoption in the mainstream medical community.
Join a panel of experts for an in-depth look at thought leadership in the design of new technologies being deployed by leading manufacturers of minimally invasive products and the smooth transition of those minimally invasive products into standard medical practices. Explore the latest in surgical technology, tools and systems; design challenges for minimally invasive devices; and buying criteria.
From diagnostic and imaging technologies to therapeutic applications and robotics to data acquisition and mining, AI technologies have begun to transform almost every corner of the medtech industry. Join a panel of experts in a discussion of what AI and other emerging technologies mean for the development and application of next-gen medical devices, the ways in which AI stands to change the healthcare landscape, and what medtech companies will need to do to adapt. Explore specific AI applications in radiology, surgical robotics, chronic disease, drug discovery and neurological disorders; challenges AI presents for patients, doctors, payers and other stakeholders; and the various ways in which AI can impact the patient experience.
Powered by increasing consumer demand for self-monitoring of health issues, the use of wearable technologies designed to collect the data of users' personal health, from homecare and wearables for surgical procedures, is growing exponentially. Girish Sripathi, Wireless Engineer – Philips North America, Patient Monitoring, explores the ways in which the rapid stream of new technologies, including 5G, plays a significant role in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of some chronic diseases and how miniaturization of electronics is enabling design of more reliable and adaptable wearables.
3D printing is opening new doors of possibility in the design medical devices and the modification of existing devices. Leveraging the body's ability to heal and combining it with biocompatible materials, shapes and designs will make the next generation of medical devices a reality. Explore the ways in which 3D printing in the aerospace and automotive industries are now revolutionizing the design and manufacture of medical devices. Also included in this video is a showcase of sample devices.