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Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers Schedule


Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA 
February 11-13, 2020

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, August 30, 2019, 11:59pm ET. (Click here to go directly to the submission page or read below for more details.)

We now invite presenters to submit speaking proposals for the 2019 MD&M West Conference, to be held February 11-13, 2020. The MD&M West Conference is the largest medical design & manufacturing conference in the US, 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.

Are You an R&D, Design or Product Development Engineer Working for a Finished Medical Device Manufacturer?

We’re looking for R&D, design and front-end product development engineers working for finished medical device manufacturers to speak, lead panels, or host round table discussions for their peers working in medical device R&D, design, product development and manufacturing. Help bring together technology and product development best practices by presenting your thought leadership. Sharing your innovation strategies and tactics can help move medtech product development forward in 2020.

Are You a Product or Service Provider for Medical Device Manufacturers?

We’re looking for suppliers to bring their best game to Anaheim. That means bring a date! We know you’ve got great products and services to offer, but engineers want to know how those can help them solve problems and they want to see proof these solutions work. Partnering with your clients (finished medical device manufacturers) to deliver content helps validate your processes and offerings. Suggest a co-presentation with a customer/client, or a panel discussion with your customers, and you’ll have a much higher likelihood of being accepted to speak at the MD&M West Conference.

In 2020, the MD&M West Conference will run for three days and feature content in the following areas:

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. These sessions typically attract 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.

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. These sessions typically attract 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.

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. These sessions typically attract 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.

Quality & Regulatory Updates

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. These sessions typically attract 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.


New Technologies & Next-Gen Design

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

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

Technical Solutions for Materials & Manufacturing

  • 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

Quality & Regulatory Updates and Processes

  • 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
  • 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)

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.


  • Feature content never seen before (not available online) that will be created specifically for MD&M West
  • 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
  • SUPPLIERS: If you are a supplier to the industry, we’d love to hear from you! But, we need you to include end-users in your topic submission. How can they validate your product and/or approach to solving a problem? Panels with OEMs as panelists, and the supplier as moderator are a great example.
  • Do NOT include a vendor pitch or promotional material
  • We look for speakers who are willing to share their knowledge to help engineering and innovation continue and grow. Proposals that are sales pitches for a product/service or company will not be considered.


Please fill out the submission form completely here and submit no later than Friday, August 30th, 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.