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2015-2016 Programs

Event Type Title Date Abstract Co-Champions
FORUM Diabetes Today: Discipline, Devices & Development 9/16/15 This forum will open by setting the diabetes business challenge, provide a clinician’s perspective on treatment and the discipline required to bring about quality outcomes in patients and present the technology/product offerings in estimating and optimizing blood glucose from simple test strips and insulin injections to complex subcutaneous continuous glucose monitors and pumps. Dick O'Brien, Shweta Sharma, Aaron Cohen
NETWORKING Transitioning Into and Within the Medical Device Industry 9/30/15
Our panel of industry veterans will talk about their varied experiences with transitions and provide insights to help you in your career. This session is designed for those looking to enter the medical device industry as well as medical device veterans. Historically, this is the most well-attended MDG networking event of the year, so register early.
Lisa Sasso
3D Printing Is Changing Everything 10/7/15
The technology for 3D printing has been growing in leaps and bounds during the past decade. No longer considered a novelty, it has blossomed in the health care environment, stemming from imaginative personal software to patient diagnostics, surgical planning, specialized instrumentation, implantable devices . . . . and now the fun stuff - creating new body parts!
Bill McIlhargey, Peter Fuchs
Med Tech Product Development: From Concept to Commercialization 11/4/15 The rapid growth in health care spending creates a large need for new and innovative medical devices. To obtain funding as well as regulatory and reimbursement approvals, tough "qualifying" questions must be asked. These questions include:
- Does the product actually work?
- Is it filling a need?
- Will it make money?
This session's speakers are experienced entrepreneurs who have addressed these issues and will describe case histories.
Paul Hartung, Keith Kowal
FORUM Smartphone apps to engage healthcare at home 12/2/15 This forum provides corporate decision-makers perspective on how and when to use smartphone apps to engage consumers in activities typically reserved for live interactions with healthcare providers. The forum will provide specific insight into how regulators approach smartphone apps, business models that leverage apps designed for interaction with proprietary sensors or algorithms, and models that aggregate open data sources across sensors. The forum will explore how smartphone apps can improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Kevin Franck, Jeff Karg
NETWORKING Holiday Party 12/9/15 Our seasonal (and third annual) celebration of thanks and recognition.
To honor our sponsors, our members and support a charity( to be announced).
FORUM New Technologies for Unmet Medical Challenges

Technologies with previously unimaginable capabilities are rapidly coming online today.
This forum will explore how some of these innovations are just now being brought to bear against today's medical challenges.
We will look at two such technologies which are revolutionizing industry, MEMS and diode lasers. These are just starting to make inroads in medical applications at this time but offer unlimited potential. 
MEMS or Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems are chips made in semiconductor fabs that combine electronic functions and mechanical actions. Currently these are used in industry as sensors and actuators such as in ink jet printers, automotive motion sensors, and digital projectors. But MEMS can also be used in the medical field to measure blood pressure within the body, detect ions, perform biological tests, and even sequence DNA. 

Peter Madras, MD

Geoff Moodie, PhD

Nanotechnology in the Healthcare Industry
The application and implementation of nanotechnology in the healthcare industry. Nanomaterials and products derived from them are being investigated in a number of areas. 2 areas most relevant to an MDG audience:
1) Detection: Examples of detection include, e.g. imaging agents, biosensers and biochips placed in the body;
2) Intervention: Examples of intervention include, e.g., tumor specific drug delivery vehicles, tissue engineering and surfaces treated with nanomaterials that inhibit biofilm formation and infection.
John O'Gara, Jim O'Connor, Alan Sidman
FORUM Med device start-ups and companies in China 4/6/16 How to gain access or leverage the power and momentum of the Chinese market of the future. Why and what kind of advantage gains can be targeted there. Paul White, Grace Fu Palma
FORUM FDA’s Winchester Engineering and Analytical Center (WEAC) 5/4/16 Joe Matrisciano, FDA Northeast Region. The goal of this forum is to enhance communication and collaboration between FDA/WEAC and MDG members. WEAC staff will explain their regulatory roles and responsibilities and describe how sampling and analyses are done to determine product safety and efficiency. Hank Allard, Rich Nadeau
FORUM Surgical Navigation Systems for Image Guided Surgery 6/1/16 Surgical navigation systems extend the surgeon’s senses and motor skills to enable complex procedures that would otherwise be impossible. From brain cancer surgery, to hip replacements, to cardiac procedures, imaging technologies have been integrated with manual and robotic instrumentation to offer unparalleled surgical precision. Optical, radio frequency, ultrasound and MRI technologies are used to track handheld instruments during procedures, and to overlay their locations on pre-op or real-time. experts from industry and academia will engage in a lively forum on the advances in surgical navigation, but also challenge the cost effectiveness and medical outcomes of the procedures that they’ve enabled. We’ll close with a panel discussion on what the future of surgical navigation might be in the evolving healthcare landscape. Randy Chinnock

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