January 22, 2011

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Design Trends: Technological Advances in Implantable Devices

What does the market look like for medical implants in the next decade? What novel biomaterials are available for next-generation cardiac implants? What are the latest surface technologies to facilitate bone in-growth on orthopedic implants? Is there really innovation taking place in implantable device design? These topics will be answered in an upcoming free virtual event, "Design Trends: Technological Advances in Implantable Devices."

Cohosted by MPMN, along with its sister publications, MD+DI and OrthoTec, the live event will take place on Wednesday, January 26, from 11 am to 5 pm EST. Check out the event agenda below and register now!

Keynote Address

Time: 11:15A.M.-12:00 P.M. ET

Introduction: Shana Leonard, Editor-in-Chief, MPMN

Keynote Address by: Venkat Rajan, Industry Manager, Medical Devices at Frost & Sullivan

Advances in implant design and development are enabling progress in seemingly every facet of patient care. Consequently, patients are living longer, more-fulfilling lives. But there's always room for improvement. In the keynote address, Venkat Rajan from Frost & Sullivan will identify unmet needs in the marketplace and various growth opportunities for manufacturers of medical implants. Forecasts for the future of implant design and development will also be discussed. A live Q&A with the presenter will follow the address.

Session 1: The Implant Surface and Beyond

Time: 12:15-1:15 P.M. ET

Moderated by: Maria Fontanazza, Senior Associate Editor, MD+DI, OrthoTec, Medical Electronics Design (MED)

Choosing the right surface material and technique can be the difference between success and failure for an orthopedic implant. Whether it's machining a surface to promote bone adhesion or employing materials that facilitate implant acceptance, attendees will learn about the critical components for the most effective performance when working with implant surfaces.

Chat Session 1: The Ultimate Power Struggle

Time: 1:15-1:45 P.M. ET

Moderated by: Shana Leonard, Editor-in-Chief, MPMN

When it comes to electronic implants, minimizing power consumption and maximizing battery life continue to present significant design challenges--especially as implants continue to shrink in size. In this chat session, attendees can discuss the challenges associated with power management of life-critical implants as well as emerging alternatives to traditional battery technologies and electronics engineering techniques. Experts in power management and battery technology will also be on hand to answer questions and provide additional insight to the conversation.

Session 2:
Innovation in Implantable Device Design

Time: 2:00-3:00 P.M. ET

Moderated by: Rich Nass, Director of Content, UBM Canon Medical Device Media Group
Format: Panel Discussion

Is there really innovation taking place in implantable device design? Are the advances being made today revolutionary, or are they merely evolutionary? And why doesn't more customization take place? These questions will form the basis of a panel discussion that surrounds product development for implantable devices, and then we'll delve deeper into these issues and others that are related. It's also a time to get your questions asked and answered by our panel of experts.

Chat Session 2: Implant Talk:
Wireless Communication in Home Healthcare

Time: 3:15-3:45 P.M. ET

Moderated by: Heather Thompson, Managing Editor, MD+DI, OrthoTec, Medical Electronics Design (MED)

This chat session will promote discussion of the latest developments in wireless telemetry, specifically as it relates to implants and home monitoring. Attendees are encouraged to discuss technological advances as well as the challenges that are faced in this promising sector. A medical connectivity expert will be on hand to answer questions as well. The future of healthcare is in the home, and that future depends on seamless wireless data collection.

Session 3: Biomaterials That Won't Skip a Beat

Time: 4:00-5:00 P.M. ET

Moderated by: Shana Leonard, Editor-in-Chief, MPMN
Format: Multiple presentations followed by Q&A

Cardiac implants are often only as good as the materials they're made from. And with performance of an implant on the line, don't you want to make sure that you're using the best material for the job? In this session, attendees will learn about biomaterials for next-generation cardiac implant design. A panel of biomaterials experts will present on such topics as biomedical textiles and conductive polymers. A live Q&A with the speakers will follow the presentations.

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