The fast-growing medical-devices sector demands constant attention, as federal regulations and customer demands tend to change rapidly. And plastics' role is only increasing, creating opportunities for those equipped to respond.
The second annual Plastics in Medical Devices conference in North America set for April 11-13 in Huron, Ohio, west of Cleveland will kick off with a pair of concurrent afternoon workshops (by RJG Inc. and Engel Machinery Inc.), followed by a two-day conference program featuring nearly 40 presenters.
As with the first such conference which drew 275 participants from around the world this event will again bring together members of all segments of the medical-device supply chain. Speakers include industrial designers, medical device OEMs, plastics processors and toolmakers, consultants and materials and equipment suppliers.
The theme of innovation underscores the conference's keynote addresses. Wynn Bailey, a principal with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, will deliver the opening address April 12, as he recaps the findings from PCW's recent study that charts how well nine countries promote factors that advance medical technology innovation. Bailey will assess implications of the medical technology innovation gap narrowing between the U.S. and emerging economies like China and India.
Meantime, John Nottingham, co-president of Cleveland design firm Nottingham-Spirk, and Andy Zynga, CEO of open-innovation service provider NineSigma Inc., will tag-team on a keynote presentation offering advice on how to speed up the development and market introduction of medical products.
Other presenters from firms such as Boston Scientific Corp., Jabil, Philips, MTD Micro Molding, GW Plastics Inc., Czuba Enterprises, Stout Risius Ross and Battelle Memorial Institute will address such topics as micromolding, nanomaterials, regulatory changes, merger and acquisition trends in this sector, home health-care trends, clean-room molding and automation, advances in resin and additives technology, and outsourcing/offshoring trends.
Program and registration details are available by visiting PlasticsInMedicalDevices.com.