Medical Electronics Symposium 2014

INEMI, MEPTEC, and SMTA have joined forces to host this international conference, focusing on advances in electronic technologies and advanced manufacturing, specifically targeting medical and bioscience applications. Previously, MEPTEC's and SMTA's conferences were held in Phoenix, Arizona and Milpitas, CA, respectively, drawing technology experts, entrepreneurs and service providers that work in this niche technology space. Typical applications within this space involve implantable defibrillators, neurostimulators and drug delivery, interventional catheters, pillcams, ultrasound transducers, hearing aids, biosensors, microfluidics, wireless communications, as well as future diagnostic and treatment solutions that may use stretchable electronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) or nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS).

We would like to thank Oregon Bioscience Association, whose Board invited the three groups to bring their conferences to Marylhurst University, where their annual conference is held (click here for information on the OR Bio conference.) Through cross attendance and the combined attendees of iNEMI, MEPTEC and SMTA's previous Medical Electronics events, we are expecting 200+ professionals nationally and internationally to be in attendance.

Session topics include:

Track 1: Components and Designs for Higher Density Functionalities
This track will focus on advances in electronics components and designs that can make current medical electronics ever more miniaturized with more functionality and at lower power. The trend in consumer electronics is driving more capabilities in smaller, mobile products and the medical field is pursuing a parallel path with mobile healthcare products (both implanted and external), particularly for chronic disease management, that need to solve for dramatically lower cost of care and improved patient outcomes.

Track 2: Solutions for Best-in-Class Assembly and Volume Manufacturing
This track will focus on critical methods and protocols to ensure that the production of Class II and III medical electronics is conducted in the most effective, efficient and quality-controlled way with full traceability and zero defects. Medical devices are the subject of ever-expanding global regulatory scrutiny, as well as deeper reimbursement price pressures and new taxation (in the US). The true costs of any lapse in quality can be enormous and the industry continues to seek better ways to ensure perfection in medical device design and manufacturing at lower costs. Manufacturing automation and stringent supply chain controls are relevant topics.

Track 3: Next Generation Microelectronics for Changing Healthcare Markets
This track will focus on advances in next generation, revolutionary microelectronics for medical devices and applications that solve technology challenges and are aligned with solutions for new healthcare models. Technologies such as wireless body area networks, stretchable electronics, biosensors embedded in drugs, microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) may be discussed.