Engineering Sites of Interest to Medical Device Manufacturers

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) was formed in 1991 with the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation to assist various constituencies of the medical and biological engineering community on issues of mutual interest. The institute offers a forum for catalyzing broad involvement of engineers, representation of medical and biological engineering on issues of national interest, and research on policy issues related to the development and evaluation of the appropriate use of technology in medicine and biology. The organization also offers workshops and courses designed to educate the professional community and the public at large. Fifteen scientific societies representing the full spectrum of bioengineering research and education in the United States are full members of AIMBE.

The Angioplasty/PTCA Home Page is an extensive noncommercial source of information on interventional cardiology. The site provides news, discussions, interviews, videos, and annotated links as well as a brief history of interventional medicine, a calendar of events, and a patients' guide to interventional devices.

The Biomedical Engineering Network offers an impressive number of links related to biomedical engineering, as well as some original material. The site is maintained at Purdue University under a grant from The Whitaker Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation that primarily supports research and education in biomedical engineering.

The purpose of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is to promote the increase of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization. BMES has several publications to keep members informed of society activities and developments in the biomedical engineering profession. The scientific journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering is published monthly and presents original research. The BMES Bulletin, published quarterly, presents science review articles, student chapter news, society and public policy announcements, employment opportunities, and a calendar of conferences. BMES holds annual spring and fall conferences for the presentation of technical papers and conduct of society business. BMES sponsors student chapters at universities throughout the country, and serves as the headquarters for Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the national biomedical engineering honor society.

The Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVL) is a free, nonprofit, UK-based guide to engineering information on the Internet. The site does not provide any articles of its own, but is more like a library reference desk, directing users to other sources of information. The site features a catalog of engineering resources indexed by subject, engineering search engines, bibliographic and events databases, a bibliographic database of recent advances in manufacturing, a directory of science and technology librarians, an Engineering on the Internet bibliography, and links to useful sites.

The Edison Welding Institute (EWI) is a leading engineering organization with more than 160 engineering, technical, and support-staff personnel with expertise in virtually every welding and joining technology for use with metals, ceramics, and plastics. EWI operates as a nonprofit industrial consortium, working with its more than 400 member companies to provide applied research, consultancy, training, and general technical support. Medical manufacturers have used EWI’s expertise to assess the weldability of nitinol; develop processes for refractory metals such as platinum, platinum-iridium, tungsten, and molybdenum; join dissimilar materials such as ceramics to stainless steel; and assess the seal integrity of plastic materials.

ISPE, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is a world-wide, not-for-profit volunteer Society of technical professionals who apply their practical knowledge in the regulated healthcare manufacturing industries. ISPE is committed to the advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its members through forums for the exchange of ideas and practical experience.

The Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) advances the application of engineering sciences and technology to medicine and biology, promotes the profession, and provides global leadership for the benefit of its members and the public by disseminating knowledge, setting standards, fostering professional development, and recognizing excellence. The field of interest of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society is the application of the concepts and methods of the physical and engineering sciences in biology and medicine. This covers a broad spectrum ranging from formalized mathematical theory through experimental science and technological development to practical clinical applications. It includes support of scientific, technological, and educational activities.

The links on the InterSol page are a nice complement to the links right here on MDL. Most are directed at scientific researchers in general, as opposed to medical researchers in particular. Most are not annotated, but the names of the sites typically give sufficient information. Typical links go to the Argonne National Lab, Fermi National Accelerator Lab, National Science Foundation, and Oakridge National Lab. Unfortunately, the links don't always work properly.

The Hydrophilic Coatings Blog provides insight into and information on the latest trends in medical device coatings.

The PolySort commercial Web site focuses on the plastics and rubber industry. An important feature of the site is a searchable database of plastics and rubber suppliers, many of whom offer medical-grade materials. The site carries news briefs from Lexis-Nexis pertaining to the plastics and rubber industry and has a bulletin board where users post technical queries and sourcing needs. The calender of events is also quite comprehensive.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) is an international professional member society that provides information on materials and processing technology via technical forums, journal publications, and books in which professionals in the field can exchange ideas and air views. The society provides a forum for scientists, engineers, and academicians.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the world’s leading professional society serving the manufacturing industry. Through its publications, expositions, professional development resources, and member programs, SME influences more than 500,000 manufacturing executives, managers, and engineers. Founded in 1932, SME has some 60,000 members in 70 countries and supports a network of hundreds of chapters.

The Society of Plastics Engineers is dedicated to helping plastics professionals attain higher professional status through increased scientific, engineering, and technical knowledge. The society has more than 35,000 members worldwide involved in engineering, design, production and processing, research and development, consulting, marketing and sales, purchasing, education, and all levels of management.

SpecialChem provides users with services related to polymer additives and masterbatches, including 9500 products from over 260 producers worldwide, specialized technical articles, and technical service.

The SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering is an international nonprofit technical society dedicated to advancing the profession of optical engineering and promoting the engineering, scientific, and commercial development and application of optical, photonic, imaging, and optoelectronic technologies through its meetings, publications, education, and communications programs.

The Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation brings together those who share the common goal of participating in the future of surface biomaterials research. The foundation exists to ensure sponsorship of workshops and symposia, to further the exchange of information and ideas within the surface science and biomedical communities, to help in understanding of interfacial problems common to many researchers and development engineers, and to provide a forum that allows interaction and dissemination of surface and interfacial information.