Digital health, surgical robotics, medtech product development, and more will be highlighted as BIOMEDevice goes digital on November 4-5.

MDDI Staff

October 28, 2020

8 Min Read
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Held November 4 and 5, BIOMEDigital offers medtech professionals a wide range of educational sessions, exhibitions, and networking activities to stay connected in the industry. Click here for your free pass to the virtual event.

MD+DI shares a few must-attend activities below. All times listed are in the Eastern time zone.


Be Inspired by Keynotes and Heroes of Manufacturing

Hear from medtech leaders and innovators on today's trends as well as innovative solutions for responding to COVID-19 pandemic needs.

Wednesday, November 4 | 11:00am - 12:00pm Track: Center Stage
Surgical Robotics 5.0: The Future of Robotics in Healthcare
Keynote Speaker: Harel Gadot  (MEDX Ventures Group)

Thursday, November 5 | 11:00am - 12:00pm Center Stage
The Wave of Digital Health: The Merge from Commercial Tech to Healthcare
Keynote Speaker: Sandra Nagale, PhD  (Boston Scientific)
Please listen to our podcast with Nagale here

Wednesday, November 4 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm Center Stage
Heroes of Manufacturing - Boston Non-Profit Aids in Fight Against Covid-19 with Unique Reusable Face Shield
Moderator: Jon Speer  (Greenlight Guru)
Panelists: Devon Campbell  (CPO/SVP R&D - myBiometry), Alex Stone, M.D.  (Brigham and Women's Hospital), Sanjay Vakil  (
Listen to our podcast with the team here.

Thursday, November 5 | 9:00am - 10:00am Conference Track: Product Development Innovation
Heroes of Rapid Product Development & Manufacturing — The Ventilator Project
Speaker: Tyler Mantel  (The Ventilator Project)
Read our article with Mantel here.

Discover Opportunities for Digital Health

Several sessions in the Digital Health Conference will offer insights on developing digital health solutions:

Wednesday, November 4 | 9:00am - 10:00am Conference Track: Digital Health
Panel: Understanding Market Opportunities & Clinical Need in the Exploding Field of Digital Health
Panelists: Jennifer Joe, MD  (Biocogniv and Boston VA Healthcare System), Meghana Karande, MD  (GoInvo), Megan Ranney, MD  (Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health)

Wednesday, November 4 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm Conference Track: Digital Health
Recent FDA Biocompatibility Feedback from 510k Submissions
Speaker: Thor Rollins  (Nelson Labs, LLC)

Wednesday, November 4 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm Conference Track: Digital Health
How Digital Health & Enabling Tech Advancements Are Changing the Face of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Speaker: Emir Osmanagic, PhD  (Ethicon Endosurgery, a Johnson & Johnson Company)

Wednesday, November 4 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm Conference Track: Digital Health
Panel: Implementing AI in Medical Device Development Now And Into The Future
Moderator: Grant Schaffner  (Stress Engineering Services, Inc.)
Panelists: Srihari Yamanoor  (Designably), Anthony Habayeb  (Monitaur)
Speaker: Devon Campbell  (CPO/SVP R&D - myBiometry)

And don't miss the November 5 Center Stage session, Wearables with Purpose: The Future of Healthcare, with Jeanette Numbers  (Co-Founder & Principal, Loft). MD+DI interviewed Numbers last month for her perspectives.


Consider Even More New Ideas for Robotics

Hear from researchers on how robotics could have a “profound effect on businesses throughout many industries,” particularly medtech, in the session:

Wednesday, November 4 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm Track: Center Stage
Robotics Spotlight: How Research Efforts Are Changing the Way Medtech Uses Robotics
Speakers: Russell H. Taylor, PhD  (Professor & Director, Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering)
Gregory S. Fischer, PhD  (Professor & Director of PracticePoint Center for Healthcare Cyber-physical Systems, Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Greg Hager, PhD  (Mandell Bellmore Professor & Founding Director of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, Johns Hopkins University)
Hao Su, PhD  (Director, Lab of Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robots/Irwin Zahn Endowed Assistant Professor, The City College of NY)


Learn About New Solutions for Product Development

Learn about rapid design, coatings, materials, and combination product development in this Product Development track focusing on innovation. It also includes the Heroes of Rapid Product Development & Manufacturing — The Ventilator Project mentioned above.

Thursday, November 5 | 10:00am - 11:00am Conference Track: Product Development Innovation
Ask the Experts: Rapid Design & Development in Highly Regulated Environments
Moderator: Siddharth Desai  (Health Care Evolution Inc.)
Panelists: Eri Hirumi  (Microvention), Laura Jeannel  (Meridian BioGroup)

Thursday, November 5 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm Conference Track: Product Development Innovation
New Developments in Conformal Coatings for Advanced Technologies
Speaker: Dick Molin  (Specialty Coating Systems)

Thursday, November 5 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm Conference Track: Product Development Innovation
Panel: The Development & Manufacturing of Combination Products for Next-Gen Healthcare
Moderator: Anthony Listro  (Foster Delivery Science)
Panelists: Alie Jahangir, PhD  (The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson), Steven Persak  (Merck)
Speaker: Adam Lambert, PhD  (Pharmatech Associates, Inc.)

Thursday, November 5 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm Conference Track: Product Development Innovation
Panel: Material Innovations Driving Innovation & Quality Manufacturing
Panelist: Asmita Khanolkar  (SMC, Ltd.)
Speakers: Tony Walder  (Lubrizol), Alexis Sauer-Budge, PhD  (Exponent)


Get Pumped about 3D Printing

Hear how 3D printing is playing a role in medical device development in this Center Stage session:

Thursday, November 5  1:00pm - 2:00pm Track: Center Stage
How Health Systems Are Managing Crisis Response and Enabling Affordable Personalized Medicine with 3D Printing
Speakers: Gaurav Manchanda  (Healthcare Director, Formlabs) and Sam Murray  (Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, Formlabs)

And be sure to check out the 3-D printing Tech Talks below from Protolabs and Xcentric Mold and Engineering.

Get Tech Support from Tech Talks

Attend these informative sessions from suppliers:

Wednesday, November 4 | 9:00am - 9:30am
Driving Miniaturization To The Next Level
Speaker: Aaron Johnson  (Accumold)

Wednesday, November 4 | 9:30am - 10:00am
How And When To Transition From 3D Printing To Injection Molding
Speakers: Eric Utley  (Protolabs), Gus Breiland  (Protolabs)

Wednesday, November 4 | 10:00am - 10:30am
Streamlining the 6 Phases of Force Sensor Integration
Speaker: Edward Haidar  (Tekscan, Inc)

Wednesday, November 4 | 10:30am - 11:00am
Don't Estimate…Measure! Accurate Surface Characterization When The Outcome Matters
Speaker: Frederick Fiddler  (KRÜSS USA)

Wednesday, November 4 | 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Designing Security into Your New Medical Device: Start Early or Pay the Price
Speaker: Christopher Gates  (Velentium)

Wednesday, November 4 | 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Accelerate Your Device R&D!
Speakers: Barry Schnur  (David Schnur Associates), Katie Karmelek  (Chamfr), Tom Torres  (David Schnur Associates)

Wednesday, November 4 | 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Quality Assurance for the Highest Medical Standard
Speaker: Bart Newman  (Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology, LLC)

Wednesday, November 4 | 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Performing Multi-User Virtual Surgery Over Zoom: Enabling Device Sales Through Collaborative Surgical Training
Speaker: Sam Glassenberg  (Level Ex)

Wednesday, November 4 | 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Best Practices In Using Wearable Biometric Sensors To Prove Medical Use Cases
Speaker: Steven LeBoeuf  (Valencell)

Thursday, November 5 | 9:00am - 9:30am
Transitioning Life Science Research From The Lab To The Marketplace
Speaker: Haskell Kent  (Optikos Corporation)

Thursday, November 5 | 9:30am - 10:00am
Remarkable Speed-To-Market Success With New And Traditional Manufacturing
Speakers: Kevin Hogan  (Diversified Plastics Inc.), Aliza Alverson  (Diversified Plastics Inc.), AJ Frisell  (Diversified Plastics Inc.)

Thursday, November 5 | 10:00am - 10:30am
Strategic Use of Predicate Controls In Biocompatibility Evaluations
Speaker: Chris Parker  (Toxikon)

Thursday, November 5 | 10:30am - 11:00am
Software Quality Best Practices - A Learning Discussion
Speakers: John Compton  (Agile Search Inc.), Leticia Booth  (PathAI), Sam Surette  (CaptionHealth)

Thursday, November 5 | 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Battery System Design And Manufacturing Made Easy
Speaker: Peter F Victor  (Fedco Batteries)

Thursday, November 5 | 2:00pm - 2:30pm
3D Printing And Injection Molding: Same Team, Different Roles
Speaker: Brianna Gillett  (Xcentric Mold and Engineering)

Thursday, November 5 | 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Keeping Medical Equipment Clean And Durable: High Performance Copolymers To Address Infection Control Challenges
Speaker: Nithin Raikar  (SABIC)


Get Invigorated During Innovation Power Hours

These morning or lunchtime breaks offer the chance to listen to presentations.

Wednesday, November 4 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Collaborating to Optimize Microfluidic Device Design and Manufacturing
Speakers: Ron Kurz  (Canon Virginia Inc.), Patrick Erb  (Canon Virginia Inc.)

Wednesday, November 4 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fluid Control Solutions Customized To Your Applications
Speakers: Tony Gaglio  (Emerson), Jim Perry  (Emerson)

Wednesday, November 4 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Measure Force at the Tipping Point: Sensor Miniaturization and the Future of Medtech
Speaker: Maciej "MJ" Lisiak  (FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology)

Wednesday, November 4 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Quality Inspection - Digital Microscopy and Ergonomics by Leica Microsystems

Wednesday, November 4 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Complex Challenges Require Straightforward Solutions
Speaker: Arjun Luthra  (BioInteractions Ltd.)

Thursday, November 5 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Driving Complex Medical Device Design Control
Speaker: Larry Sampson  (Siemens Digital Industry Software)

Thursday, November 5 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Engineers Design Guide For Precision Stamped Metal Parts
Speakers: Rommel Del Sol  (Meier Tool & Engineering (A Cretex Medical company)), Jon Preston  (Meier Tool & Engineering (A Cretex Medical company))

Thursday, November 5 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Manufacturing Success: Five Secrets
Moderator: Andy McMillan  (Cirtronics Corporation)
Panelists: Adam Shayevitz  (Strategic Sourcing Dynamics, LLC), Steve Miller  (Convergent Dental), Tracey Wielinski  (Cytrellis Biosystems, Inc.), Larry Jasinski  (ReWalk Robotics, Inc.)

Thursday, November 5 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Understanding Key Reimbursement Concepts to Optimize Design Decisions
Speaker: Tom Hughes, JD  (Covance Medical Device & Diagnostics)


Tour the Interactive Expo Hall

Discover more than 90 suppliers and have public or private live chats with exhibitors about their products. You can also view products, videos, and whitepapers within each virtual booth. Click here for a list of exhibitors.


Visit the Start-up Stadium

Presented by MassMEDIC, the Start-Up Stadium will offer 5 rounds of start-up pitches. You’ll also hear from expert panels on how to get financing and launch a successful start-up.



MassMEDIC will host a zoom happy hour, offering you the chance to mingle and network in smaller zoom breakout rooms. To access the happy hour on the day, visit the BIOMEDigital Networking Lounge, and click on the “MassMEDIC Breakout Happy Hour” callout. The zoom link will be waiting for you.

We will also host a TRIVIA QUIZ, hosted by Two Bit Circus, where you can compete with colleagues and new friends to win this interactive and fun quiz! Access link can be found in the BIOMEDigital Networking Lounge. Capacity is limited so please make sure you are on time! Participate and get a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Next, be sure to join the Interactive Speed Networking session on Thursday, Nov 5th at 1:00pm EST to be matched up according to your areas of expertise/interest.

Finally, meet speakers in themed breakout rooms for “Meet the Speakers Happy Hour." To access the happy hour on the day, visit the BIOMEDigital Networking Lounge, and click on the “Meet the Speakers Happy Hour” callout. The zoom link will be waiting for you!

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