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The 2017 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference Set to Provide Insight into the Latest Breakthroughs in Medtech

Dec 15, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM is pleased to announce the roll out of its three-day Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference and the 32nd annual MD&M West exposition, the nation's most comprehensive advanced manufacturing event, in Anaheim, CA. The conference will be held alongside UBM's six advanced design & manufacturing expos, touching on all of the industries represented on the show floor, including design, robotics, electronics, manufacturing, packaging and plastics. In addition, the MD&M West Conference will include presentations and discussions that cover the most pressing and innovative topics in medtech.

UBM's Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West event will be held February 7-9 in Anaheim, CA. to learn more please visit: 

"The 2017 MD&M West Conference lineup is one of our most expansive and detailed offerings to date, featuring the most prominent industry trends and top experts," said Nina Brown, Vice President of Events, UBM Americas. "We are excited to once again provide a great opportunity to learn and share information about emerging and expanding medical technologies at UBM's MD&M West Conference."

Each day will feature conference tracks focused on both product development and design, plus an additional track offering in-depth workshops. Covering multiple topics such as medical device requirements, sensors, and value-based healthcare, the conference provides critical training and networking for professionals in the medical device manufacturing industry. All three days of the MD&M conference will feature presentations and discussions from renowned companies, including St. Jude Medical, Stryker, Boston Scientific, Carefusion, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, and Medtronic, to name a few.

In addition to the myriad of mission-critical topics covered at this year's MD&M Conference, many of the discussions will be hosted by some of the medtech industry's most influential thought leaders who are pioneering key areas of technological growth.

Top Sessions and Speakers Include:

Track A: Product Development

  • How FDA/CMS Parallel Review Can Work For You  by Rochelle Fink, MD, JD, Senior Health Science Project Specialist, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health:  Fink will explain how to navigate the new device and payment approval review recently developed by FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Learn how to utilize the review program to your advantage through the example of companies that are successfully completing this process and using it to save both time and money.
  • Commercial Success Extends Beyond Regulatory Approval by James Oberhauser, Associate Director, Device Development and Clinical Packaging Engineering, Gilead Sciences: Oberhauser will provide insight into many of the market adoption issues medical device manufacturers run into after regulatory approval and explain how to overcome them. Anticipating market evolution and utilizing data to understand market need are two critical points Oberhauser will touch on and teach the audience how to take advantage of.

Track B: Design

  • Wearable Form Factors that Encourage Compliance  by Chandra Narayanaswami, Chief Scientist and Senior Manager, IBM Commerce Research:  The form factor of a medical device can play a big role in both compliance and market adoption. Narayanaswami will touch on how the size, configuration, and physical arrangement of a medical device can directly correlate with market adoption and how to choose the right form factor for your application.
  • Sensors: Staying a "Step" Ahead of the Competition by Mark Bachman, PhD, Chief Technologist and Internet of Things (IoT) Evangelist, eHealth Director, Calit2-UC Irvine: As sensors continue to advance they play an ever-more-important role in medical technology, this includes the ability to dynamically collect patient data to provide better care and treatment. Discover how advanced sensors are utilized and learn about innovative applications of sensors on the market in this session.

To see the full conference schedule, please visit:

Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit:
The brand-new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit will be held in conjunction with the MD&M West Conference, running on all three days, February 7-9. To learn more about the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit, please visit:

Get Registered:
Register by January 6, 2017 to take advantage of early-bird registration and save on 2-Day and 3-Day passes. To register, please visit:

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About Advanced Manufacturing Expos & Conferences
UBM's Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world's $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry. Our print and electronic products deliver trusted information to the advanced manufacturing market and leverage our proprietary 1.3 million name database to connect suppliers with buyers and purchase influencers. We produce more than 50 events and conferences in a dozen countries, connecting manufacturing professionals from around the globe. The Advanced Manufacturing portfolio is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communication services business. For more information, visit

About UBM Americas 
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, is the largest business-to-business events and trade show organizer in the U.S. Through a range of aligned interactive physical and digital environments, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for both customers and audiences by cultivating meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. UBM Americas has offices spanning North and South America, and serves a variety of specialist industries with dedicated events and marketing services covering everything from fashion, tech and life sciences to advanced manufacturing, cruise shipping, specialty chemicals, powersports and automotive, concrete, hospitality, cargo transportation and more. For more information, visit:



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