Medical Electronics Symposium 2018

Details for 2019 symposium coming soon...


SMTA, INEMI, and MEPTEC have joined forces to again host this international conference, focusing on advances in electronic technologies and advanced manufacturing, specifically targeting medical and bioscience applications. Last year's conference attracted about 200 attendees and more than 30 exhibitors. Prior to last year, 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).


Technical Program
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Medical Electronics Symposium Agenda


Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, May 17 | 12:05pm


E. Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International

Chuck Richardson, iNEMI

Distinguished panel members include:

  • Dale Lee, Plexus
  • Don Banks, Abbott
  • Peter Tortorici, Ph.D., Medtronic
  • Robert Rennaker, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Walter Voit, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas


Join us for complimentary UT Dallas Facility Tours!

Wednesday, May 16 | 6:00-7:00pm

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Keynote Speakers

Sensorizing and Connecting Medical Devices

Cory Forbes Cory Forbes, CTO, Nypro

The digital revolution is upon us and Connected Devices have become ubiquitous, medical devices are quickly catching up. Integrating the hardware into evolving product form factors and streamlining the data collection and the analytics layers of the IoT ecosystem across different domains (smart retail, hospitality, healthcare, safety, etc.) can help enhance the ROI of the solution. A complete IOT ecosystem consists of Users, Organizations, Devices, Sensors, Gateways, Data and Analytics wrapped in a seamless user experience. The success of such an ecosystem depends on innovative and intelligent integration of these components and effective deployment driving meaningful output. Some examples of such integration are discussed in this presentation to provide a window into the opportunities to integrate sensors into previously passive or non-sensorized medical devices. While there are several subsystem components the presentation outlines opportunities and challenges for enabling electronics integration leveraging current and future technologies supporting digitization of healthcare devices and enhancing related services.

Cory Forbes serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Nypro, A Jabil Company and leads the global product development, technology and program management teams. Nypro’s teams engage with the worlds leading OEM’s in the Diagnostic, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Test & Measurement and Consumer Health product domains. Cory has been with Jabil for more than 14 years and has held leadership positions in manufacturing, business management, supply chain, environmental design and product development. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and has worked professionally in Canada, Brazil and the United States for Nortel Networks, Jabil and Nypro.


Robotic Surgery: Where Are the Opportunities?

Kemp H. Kernstine Kemp H. Kernstine, Sr., M.D., Ph.D., Division of Thoracic Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Abstract to follow.



Sensors for Medical Applications: Unlocking the Value

John Burnes John Burnes, Medtronic Technical Fellow and the Director of Implantable Core Teams, Cardiac Patient Monitoring and Diagnostics, Medtronic

This presentation will review the landscape of sensor technology and potential applications to healthcare.  New sensor technology for medical and wellness applications has grown exponentially through both implantable and external form factors.   These sensors provide a valuable first step to improving health outcomes.  Systems incorporating these sensors will be reviewed to highlight the role of not only sensors, but also information technology, patients, clinicians, clinical evidence, and payers in creating solutions that are widely adopted and can improve health outcomes.  True value that improves health, better manages chronic disease, and/or guides clinical action will come from systems that guide action with minimal patient or clinician interaction.

John Burnes is a Medtronic Technical Fellow and the Director of Implantable Core Teams in the Medtronic Cardiac Patient Monitoring and Diagnostics division.  He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University with his thesis on Electrocardiographic Imaging for Interpretation of the Electrical Activity of Diseased Hearts.  He has worked at Medtronic for 17 years in Research and Development roles where he has developed new algorithms for cardiac resynchronization therapy and has led programs focused on new heart failure therapies, obesity therapies, and implantable cardiac monitoring for dialysis patients.  John is currently leading the development of the next generation of Insertable Cardiac Monitors. 



Technical Committee

General Chair:
Chuck Richardson, iNEMI

Technical Chairs:
Don Banks, Abbott
Peter Tortorici, Ph.D., Medtronic Microelectronics Center

Dock Brown, DfR Solutions
Dale Lee, Plexus Corp.
Glenn Robertson, Processes Science Incorporated
Sue Bagen, P.E., Micro Systems Technologies, Inc.
Nicholas Leonardi, TechDirect Consulting
Gary Tanel, Libra Industries