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20 Highlights of MD&M West 2015

The huge MD&M West conference and exposition continues its growth trajectory as the show turns 30 this year. Running this year from February 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, the event will feature a plethora of technologies and an impressive lineup of speakers discussing everything from wearables to innovations that have shaped the medical device industry over the past three decades.

February 10

1. Keynote: Computers We Can Wear | 9:30 a.m.

Hear from the man who helped develop Google Glass and Google's contact lens. In a keynote address titled "Computers We Can Wear," Babak Parviz, PhD, who is now a vice president at Amazon, will reflect on the future of wearable technologies and their applications in healthcare.

2. Implementing the Industrial Internet of Things | 10:00 a.m.

Paul Brody, vice president of IBM will examine the real world progression towards a smart connected ecosystem.

3. Making Simple Disruptive Medical Devices | 10:00 a.m.

A conference session will explore current medical devices that illustrate disruptive innovation principles and the degree to which the regulatory environment holds innovators back. The session will be led by Sridhar Iyengar, a pioneer behind the the iBGStar iPhone compatible blood glucose meter and the Misfit Wearables Shine, along with Sonny Vu.

4. Wireless Medical Device Design Considerations  | 10:30 a.m.

A panel discussion will consider how reimbursement, security, and data management relate to wireless medical device design. The panel also will attempt to predict what the wireless landscape will look like in the future. Panelist include Shahid N. Shah, CEO, Netspective Communications; Steve Abrahamson, director of product security engineering at GE Healthcare; and Melissa Masters, RAC, director of electrical software and systems engineering at Battelle Memorial Institute.

5. How to Build an Apple-1 Replica Computer | 12:00 p.m.

Want to build something other than a medical device for fun? Ben Heck, host of 'The Ben Heck Show' will show of his console modding expertise by teaching the crowd how to create a replica of the Apple-1, which was released by Apple in 1976.

6. Integrating Advanced Sensor Technology and Power Management in Your Device | 1:00 p.m.

Stephen O'Driscoll, a Google(x) scientist and assistant professor at UC Davis and Marcelo Lemego, a sensor expert will discuss the latest sensor advances and how to take advantage of them. Topics to be covered include soft sensors, new semiconductor chips, low power sensor technologies, and wireless communication for monitoring and control applications

7. People Power: Biomechanical Energy Harvesting for Portable Devices | 2:00 p.m.

Energy harvesting is all the rage these days. Discussing the latest advances in this field will be Max Donelan, the chief scientific officer at Bionic Power and associate professor at Simon Fraser University.

8. The FDA and 3-D Printing Waltz | 2:45 p.m.

A panel of experts will discuss the role of FDA in regulating 3-D printing. The panel will cite the types of medical devices that the FDA has cleared or approved to date and will discuss potential technical concerns with 3-D printing including. Panelists will include Steven K. Pollack, director of the office of science and engineering labs at FDA; William Brodbeck, director of regulatory affairs at Steris Corp.;  Colleen Wivell, biomedical engineering manager at Materialise; and Severine Zygmont, co-founder of Oxford Performance Materials.

9. Integrating Your Medical Device into an Interconnected Wireless Ecosystem | 3:30 p.m.

Bakul Patel, a senior policy advisor at FDA, will discuss the most important takeaways from the agency's mobile medical apps guidance. Patel will recommend best practices for developing apps and getting them approved quickly by the agency.

February 11

10. Keynote: Personalizing Surgery: 3-D Printing and The Digital Thread | 9:30 a.m.

Andy Christensen, the vice president of personalized surgery and medical devices at 3D Systems Corp. will discuss the future of 3-D printing in healthcare, providing examples of how it can be used for custom medical devices. Christensen also founded the company Medical Modeling.

11. IDEO Design Workshop | 10:00 a.m.

Learn how to design from the masters. In this workshop, representatives from IDEO will be onhand to teach the design principles that helped the firm win 18 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA)--more than any other company. This hands-on workshop will review brainstorming techniques and other strategies to help bring innovative human-centered products to the market.

12. Mind Control: How a Single Channel EEG Could Change the World | 10:10 a.m.

The inventor of the iBrain and CEO of NeuroVigil, Philip Low will discuss the potential of his portable brain scanning technology. In 2012, Low began work with Stephen Hawking to use the technology to enable the famed physicist to speak only using his thoughts. In 2014, it was announced that the technology could be used for pharmaceutical research.

13. Thirty Year Anniversary Roundtable | 11:00 a.m.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of MD&M West, experienced medtech industry insiders will reflect on the sea change the medical device industry has undergone in the past three decades. Participants include Stuart Herskovitz, president of Qosina; Tom Black, vice president of B. Braun Medical; Jeffery Nelson, president and CEO of Nelson Laboratories; and Brian Nash, vice president sales and marketing at Nusil

14. How an Injured NBA Player Became a Medical Device Innovator | 12:00 p.m.

Former NBA player Jonathan Bender will share the story of how he developed the JB Intensive Trainer, a Class I medical device with backing from Purdue University.

15. Exploring New Materials for 3-D Printing | 1:00 p.m.

A panel will discuss new materials coming out in the short and long term that are suited for 3-D printing. Panelists include Berok Khoshnevis, the director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies at USC; Alex Chausovsky, manager and principal analyst at IHS Technology; and Erick Wolf, CEO of Airwolf 3D.

February 12

16. Keynote: The Hackers Guide to the Galaxy | 9:30 a.m.

Jay Radcliffe, a senior security consultant and researcher at Rapid 7, who famously hacked his own insulin pump in 2011, will consider how medical device security has progressed over the past 4 years.

17. Improving User Experience and Usability Engineering | 10:00 a.m.

A series of conference sessions on usability will kick off with a panel discussion on designing a robust usability study that covers the relationship between usability testing, risk management, and product development.

18. How to Avoid Product Warning Letters and Recalls  | 10:00 a.m.

A parallel conference session at 10:00 a.m. on regulatory matters will cover how to respond to 483's and warning letters led by Kristen Grumet, executive director, medical devices, NSF International.

19. Regulations for the Engineer | 1:00 p.m.

A series of conferences kicking off at 1:00 p.m. are aimed at engineers submitting regulatory paperwork for the first time. Leading the sessions will be Phil Phillips, President, Phillips Consulting Group LLC and Elaine H Tseng, partner at King & Spalding.

20. Biocompatibility Testing: All You Need to Know in 75 Minutes | 2:45 p.m.

An end of day workshop will provide the scoop on complying with the latest biocompatibility standards. The workshop will be led by Edward Reverdy, PhD, director of global toxicology and biocompatibility at Boston Scientific and Thor Rollins, biocompatibility specialist at Nelson Laboratories.

Refresh your medical device industry knowledge at MD&M West, in Anaheim, CA, February 10-12, 2015.

Brian Buntz is the editor-in-chief of MPMN and Qmed. Follow him on Twitter at @brian_buntz.

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