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MD&M West 2019 Call for Speakers

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA 

February 5-7, 2019

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, August 24, 2018, 11:59 pm ET.

JOIN NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST ANNUAL MEDTECH EVENT

We now invite presenters to submit speaking proposals for the 2019 MD&M West Conference, to be held February 5-7, 2019. (Click here to go directly to the submission form, which also includes the details we share below.) 

The MD&M West Conference is the largest medical design & manufacturing conference in the United States, taking place in one of the largest hubs for medical device innovation in the world – Southern California. This is the event that every medtech decision maker from a design engineer to president of a company will come to find inspiration, as well as the material, component, solution, or tool that will transform their product, make their manufacturing process more efficient and less costly, and help to commercialize it quickly.

Our goal is to deliver a unique educational experience for R&D engineers and managers, design engineers and human factors/industrial design/UX professionals, project and process engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, and regulatory affairs professionals, as well as C-suite–level executives and managers involved in medical device product development and commercialization. We encourage proposals from speakers with deep technical and practical expertise, as well as engineers who have developed strategies for reducing the time, cost, and complexity associated with designing, developing, and bringing medical devices to market.

This year, the conference will run for three days and feature four tracks:

Track A: New Technologies & Next-Gen Design

Focus: Highlights the hottest emerging technologies in the industry and details how to work these technologies into new and/or existing medical devices.

Audience: R&D engineers, front-end designers, and product development professionals focused on finding new technologies, creating successful medical devices, commercializing and speeding them to market, and ensuring adoption. This track typically attracts engineers working in front-end product development, including these job titles: R&D engineer, design engineer, product/project engineer, project manager/director, and some C-suite level.

Track B: Product Development& User-Centered Design

Focus: Considers market needs/trends and explores how to tailor new products for target users.

Audience: Design engineers, human factors engineers, usability engineers, and industrial designers focused on design trends, new approaches to product ideation, processes to improve product development/end user outcomes, and incorporating usability and human factors engineering principles into their designs. This track typically attracts front end design personnel, including these job titles: Design engineer, human factors engineer, industrial designer, product/project engineer, project manager/director and some C-suite level.

Track C: Technical Solutions

Focus: Deep-dive sessions on topics including materials, testing, prototyping, and manufacturing techniques.

Audience: Front-end product development professionals focused on materials and material selection, integrating materials and electronics during the design process, product testing, and manufacturing challenges. This track typically attracts product development, quality and process engineers including these job titles: R&D engineer, materials engineer, testing engineer, design engineer, product/project engineer, project manager/director, quality engineer, operations manager/director, electrical engineer, and mechanical engineer. 

Track D: Quality & Regulatory Update

Focus: Need-to-know quality standards updates, regulatory compliance topics, and best practices.

Audience: Quality and regulatory professionals focused on AAMI ISO standards, FDA updates, working with FDA, post market quality control issues, and the new EU Medical Device Regulations affecting products sold in Europe. This track typically attracts quality and regulatory professionals including these job titles: Quality engineers, directors of quality, regulatory affairs director, quality and regulatory assurance, QA/RA engineer/manager, and some C-suite level.

TOPIC AREAS FOR SUBMISSION:

Track A: New Technologies & Next-Gen Design

• Technology trends (miniaturization, IoT, wearables, implantables)
• New technologies (AI, deep learning, machine learning, and others)
• Academic research
• Nano and micro technologies
• VR/AR
• Flexible electronics
• Batteries
• Sensors
• Bioprinting
• Monitoring and tracking capabilities
• Assessing and implementing new technologies
• Digital health products
• Combination products
• Product development strategies
• Risk assessment
• Getting devices to market quickly
• Commercialization

Track B: Product Development & User-Centered Design

• Product development and design trends (value-based care, value engineering, miniaturization)
• Identifying unmet needs
• Evolutionary design
• Human-centered design
• Identifying user need
• Feasibility studies
• Identifying use error
• Labeling/instructions for use
• User interface
• Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
• Design for additive manufacturing
• Making design manufacturable
• Prototyping
• Design inputs/design outputs
• Design verification and validation

Track C: Technical Solutions

• Material trends
• New materials
• Choosing materials for your device
• Working with materials
• Biocompatibility testing
• Coatings and surface treatments
• Prototyping and manufacturing methods (3DP, mold making, etc.)
• Component testing
• Digital health componentry challenges (sensors, flexible electronics, batteries)
• Product testing
• Process improvement
• Validation and verification
• Manufacturing challenges/issues
• Process improvement
• IQ/PQ/OQ
• Collecting/using meaningful data to prevent problems
• Prototyping and manufacturing methods (3DP, mold making, etc.)
• Scale-Up
• Distributed manufacturing vs. inhouse manufacturing
• Cost cutting
• Supply chain issues
• Sterile barrier system design and development

Track D: Regulatory & Quality Update

• Quality standard updates
• ISO 13485
• ISO 14971
• ISO 9001
• FDA regulatory updates
• Innovation Pathway
• Case for Quality
• 21st Century Cures
• EU MDRs
• Clinical study guidelines
• Global UDI
• MDSAP
• Working with FDA
• FDA Relations
• Pathways to market (510K, De Novo)
• Audits and Inspections
• Corrective and preventative actions
• Post market surveillance 
• Recalls
• Quality Management Systems
• Lean principles
• Design control
• Process validation
• V&V inputs and outputs (better practices and use case examples)

PRESENTATION FORMATS

DIDACTIC PRESENTATION – 45 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, or 90 MINUTES

CASE STUDY – 45 MINUTES or 60 MINUTES

PANEL DISCUSSION – 45 MINUTES, 60 MINUTES, or 90 MINUTES

All format lengths include Q&A.

PROPOSALS THAT WILL BE GIVEN PREFERENCE IN THE REVIEW PROCESS:

• DO NOT include a vendor pitch or promotional material. Proposals that are sales pitches for a product/service or company, and/ or are narrow in scope to fit a vendor product/service will not be considered. In general, we look for industry speakers who are willing to share their knowledge to help innovation and engineering continue and grow.
• We do not generally attract software engineers to this conference, and do not plan to offer content geared for this audience. 
• Feature content never seen before that will be created specifically for MD&M West such as use case examples or case studies.
• Reveal new ways of thinking about and applying principles and standards.
• Real-world examples that involve projects with a novel application of technology or illustrate a solution to a technical challenge in an end-product, including a detailed discussion of the trade-offs and choices made (and choices that would have been made differently in hindsight) during the design and development process.
• Include a demonstration to illustrate key technical principles.
• Engage the audience in a highly creative or interactive way.

MD&M WEST SPEAKING PROPOSAL SUBMISSION PROCESS

Please fill out the submission form completely and submit no later than Friday, August 24th, by 11:59 PM ET. If selected to speak, all presenters will be required to submit a PowerPoint presentation in PDF form two weeks in advance of the event to ensure all guidelines are met.

IMPORTANT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

• Double-check your email; this is our primary point of contact. And please be sure to include your cell phone number.
• Make sure your topic matches the intended audience of the track you select.
• Your submission work is automatically saved. You may start your proposal now and complete it any time before the deadline. You may even make edits after you submit it, up until the deadline.
• If you are a PR representative, fill in your contact details below (you will add speakers on the next page).
• Please include a speaker bio so we can understand the background and expertise of your suggested presenter.