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10 Things to Do at MD&M West 2019

Get ready to be inspired, learn the latest in medtech, and have a little fun.

  • Design Dome

    Billed as a "design engineer's playground," Design Dome will host three days of interactive activities and prototyping workshops led by respected medtech design firms.  Many of these sessions run each day so be sure to check the master schedule. Sessions are free to attendees with an expo badge.

    Join the Kablooe team for "Design Sprints: Mission Impossible/Operation Usability" where you'll be challenged to solve user needs, and discuss problems and solutions with the Nectar Products and Evolve Manufacturing teams in "No Mis-Steps on your Road to Product Launch: The Nectar/Evolve Experience." 

    Attend the daily workshop "Prototyping: Show Us What You're Thinking," and then address your scale up and transition challenges in "Optimizing the Design Transfer Process to Manufacturing."

    Tackle material selection in the Tuesday session, "Being a Material Sleuth - material selection process,"  and energy considerations in the Wednesday and Thursday session, "Deciding on an Energy Delivery Mode – What is the Best Application?"

    MD&M West 2019 will be held February 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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  • 3D Printing Innovation Summit

    There will be plenty of medtech updates dispensed at the three-day 3D Printing Innovation Summit, "New Materials, Tools & Techniques for the Advancement & Development of Additive Manufacturing Processes." Sessions for medical product innovators include "How Healthcare 3D Applications are Going Mainstream," "Medical Device Component Teardown: Test Your Savvy & Ask Your Questions," "Three Untold Truths in Manufacturing with 3D Printing," and "Metal 3D Printing In Medtech: How Medical Devices Will Be Transformed."  

    Other sessions of note include "How Multi-Materials Will Transform Additive Manufacturing," "How Emerging Materials & Machines Will Impact Your Supply Chain," and much more.  Please check the master schedule. Requires a paid badge.

    The summit is co-located with MD&M West 2019, which will be held February 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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  • Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit

    If you have questions on how automation, robotics, smart manufacturing, and the Internet of Things could transform manufacturing, don't miss this two-day Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit on all things Industry 4.0.  

    Sessions include "Intelligent Industrial Automation: Using Your Process Data to Solve Quality, Downtime & Production Problems," "How Collaborative Robots Fill Automation Gaps for Manufacturers," "Digital Transformers: Real Examples of How First-Movers Are Innovating Manufacturing," and much much more. Check out the full schedule here. Requires a paid badge.

    The summit is co-located with MD&M West 2019, which will be held February 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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  • New Tech Base Camp

    See cutting-edge innovations from these companies at New Tech Base Camp

    • Bend Labs, an innovator in flexible soft sensing solutions.
    • Haddington Dynamics, creator of Dexter and Dexter HD, a high-precision, high-performance 3D-printed haptic robot powered by an FPGA supercomputer.
    • VRingeers, a startup developing and manufacturing enterprise-grade VR gear for professionals for use  in industrial design or simulation.
    • Mira Labs, creator of augmented reality hardware and software for manufacturing, utility, logistics, medical, and aerospace organizations.
    • Medical Creations Inc., developer, manufacturer, and marketer of Xtremity, a carbon reinforced prefabricated thermoplastic socket that can be heat-molded directly to the limb. 
    • The World of Sentient Beings Company (Reach SAI), provider of customized software that incorporates Sentient Artificial IntelligenceTM into robots, toys, digital creatures, or any technology that interacts with humans. 


    MD&M West 2019 will be held February 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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  • The Packaging Experience

    The Packaging Experience, held at Booth #5497 at the co-located WestPack, will engage attendees in hands-on activities and packaging education.

    Highlights include:

    • Tobii Pro VR Experience, where integrating eye tracking tech allows user to test package design and product placement without having to physically produce materials or walk into a store. A demo of Tobii Pro Glasses 2 will show how data can be collected in real-world environments.
    • The Psychology of Branding, which explores the psychology behind branding, labeling, and package design, and how it impacts consumer perception. 
    • Evolution of a Package, which explores how packaging and consumer trends have evolved.
    • 12 Trendy Packs, a showcase of innovative and "boundary-pushing" packages selected by the editors of Packaging Digest.

    WestPack is co-located with MD&M West 2019, which will be held February 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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  • More Opportunities to Connect, Learn, and Have a Little Fun!

    Hear the latest in medtech over lunch at one of the several Lunch & Learns held throughout the show. Speakers will cover topics ranging from digital disruption, additive manufacturing, and biomedical device chip integration to ultrasonics joining, materials testing, medical device packaging validation, and product launches.  There's also a Pizza Party hosted by Allied

    If you're feeling adventurous, challenge yourself at the MD&M Escape Room and at the Super Soaker Target Practice, in honor of the 2019 Golden Mousetraps Lifetime Achievement Award Winner recipient Dr. Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker.

    And after you've spent a busy day , unwind with your peers at a Booth Crawl and the Global Happy Hour

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  • Taking a Deeper Dive into Polyurethanes

    Just what goes into making a medical device? Ajay Padsalgikar, Phd Senior Principal Scientist, of Global Innovation at DSM Biomedical, will take a deep dive into the Polyurethanes components of devices. The session is titled Innovative Biomaterial Solutions with Polyurethanes and will be held Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Polyurethanes can also be formulated as either biostable or bioresorbable materials and this adds to their versatile nature and allows them to be used in a wide variety of medical applications.

  • The Unmet Needs of Minimally Invasive Surgery

    What are some of the challenges of minimally invasive surgeries? What are some of the major devices being used in the procedures? A special panel titled Addressing Unmet Needs in Minimally Invasive Surgery will look at this field of procedures that has opened doors for patients and physicians. Surgeons working on the front lines of this technology will talk about where future opportunities for minimally invasive surgical devices lie. The panel will discuss the next areas of unmet need for products in the space and send attendees home with tips to inspire their own product development teams.

  • Who's Competing in the Artificial Pancreas Race?

    A closed-loop system designed to automatically monitor blood glucose levels and deliver the appropriate dose of insulin is considered the Holy Grail of the diabetes space. A number of companies already are racing to deliver this life-changing solution, which makes it the perfect time to discuss how artificial intelligence, digital health, and cross-company partnerships are helping to make the artificial pancreas (also known as the bionic pancreas) a reality.

    On Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11 am, a panel will convene on the Center Stage to discuss these advances in the space. The panel will be moderated by Amy Tenderich, founder and editor of Diabetes Mine. Panelists include Molly McElwee Malloy, clinical services manager at Tandem Diabetes Care; Aiman Abdel-Malek, Insulet Corporation’s executive vice president and chief technology officer; Lane Desborough, chief engineer at Bigfoot Biomedical; and Edward Raskin, vice president of business development and a member of the board at Beta Bionics. 

    Beta Bionics was MD+DI's 2018 Readers Choice for Company of the Year. The company's iLet bionic pancreas device is pictured above.

    Image source: Beta Bionics

  • Using Collaboration to Develop Your Product: How to Launch & Grow Your Startup

    Collaboration is often the key component to a medical device startup's success story. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 am, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator program, which helps entrepreneurs bring their technology to the market. Anne Wellington, managing director, will talk about how early-stage companies can collaborate with health systems to develop a product. The session will be in room 210B.

    The Cedars-Sinai Accelerator is a three-month program, based in Los Angeles, CA, that provides companies with $100,000 in funding, mentorship from more than 300 leading clinicians and executives, access to Cedars-Sinai, and exposure to a broad network of entrepreneurs and investors. Since 2015, the accelerator has helped dozens of companies transform healthcare delivery and patient care.

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