Minnesotans to Keynote Materials for Medical Devices Conference

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Two leading Minnesota-based innovators in the field of medical implants will keynote the upcoming Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference, Aug. 10-12 at the Hilton Minneapolis.

what are we doing now, what works, what doesn't work, and where our successes and failures are leading us in terms of materials and design

Two leading Minnesota-based innovators in the field of medical implants will keynote the upcoming Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference, Aug. 10-12 at the Hilton Minneapolis.

David Wayne Polly, Jr., M.D., professor and chief of the spine service in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, will describe spinal implants and devices from a clinical perspective - "what are we doing now, what works, what doesn't work, and where our successes and failures are leading us in terms of materials and design," he said.

Robert S. Schwartz, M.D., medical director of the Minnesota Cardiovascular Research Institute at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, will describe a potential breakthrough in the biocompatibility of intravascular devices. "The lack of a suitable prosthetic arterial conduit remains a major problem in clinical medicine today," he said. A solution is under development: A new "living" stent that can be placed over artery injury sites to function immediately as a new vessel.

Third keynoter Sri Sridhar, Ph.D., chair of the physics department at Northeastern University, will describe advances in biocompatible nanomaterials that have resulted in dramatic improvements in imaging, early diagnosis and targeted delivery of therapeutics.

Now in its seventh year, the Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference is the only medical devices event that brings together materials scientists and engineers, metallurgists, product designers, researchers, and clinicians. The event is presented by ASM International, the materials information society. Visit http://www.asminternational.org/meddevices or call ASM Customer Service at 440.338.5151, ext. 0, or 800.336.5152, ext. 0 for details.

The Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Exposition on Aug. 11-12 complements the unique, focused nature of the conference. "Unlike other expositions serving the medical device sector, MPMD was not created to be the biggest event, nor was our goal to cover all aspects of medical devices," said program chairman Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D., Syracuse University. "Instead, we have created a targeted event focusing on materials, testing, and processing related to medical devices."

To fill the knowledge gap between the innovators who design medical devices and the engineers who best understand materials and their capabilities, ASM launched its Materials & Processes for Medical Devices (MPMD) initiative in 2003. For more information about ASM products and services supporting the medical devices community, contact http://www.asminternational.org/mpmd.

Contact: Rego Giovanetti
Communications Officer
440/338-5151, x5622

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