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Welcome, Plenary Session and Keynote

Tuesday, November 28, 9:00-11:00 AM
Convention Hall No.5

Art ErdmanDr. Art Erdman, Director of the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, Founder and Chair of the Design of Medical Devices Conference




Art ErdmanDr. Samuel B. Mukasa, Dean, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota




"Medical Devices for Global Markets"

Randy SchiestlTim Lakse, VP, Research and Business Development - Medtronic AF Solutions

Tim Laske is currently the Vice President of Business Development for the AF Solutions Business at Medtronic. He is a Medtronic Bakken Fellow and Technical Fellow and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. His previous roles at Medtronic include VP of Product Development for AF Solutions, Senior Product Development Director for Heart Valves, Senior Program Director for Transcatheter Heart Valves, Technology Director for Cardiac Rhythm Therapy Delivery, and various technology management and design engineering positions in Tachyarrhythmia Lead Development.

Prior to his tenure at Medtronic, he worked as a Design Engineer at Ford Motor Company in Crash Safety and Advanced Vehicle Systems Engineering. He has a BS degree in both Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. His doctoral research was centered on the use of isolated working hearts in the design of medical devices and in parallel co-founded the Visible Heart® Laboratory (

In addition to medical device design and cardiac physiology, his research interests include the study of hibernation physiology in wild black bear and brown bear populations. He has over 70 U.S. patents and numerous publications in the field of Biomedical Engineering and Wildlife Biology/Ecology.

"The Future of Medical Devices in China"

Mr. Xu, Commissioner of Science and Technology

  1. The importance of the medical device industry in China’s economic plan
  2. The potential growth of the medical device sector in the next economic business cycle
  3. The role medical devices will take in the delivery of healthcare, especially in comparison with reducing the reliance on pharmaceuticals:
    (a) cost reductions to the system
    (b) the ability to create “smart systems” from the connectivity of devices - vs pharmaceuticals
    (c) the ability to eventually create smart systems, self-learning systems using Big Data through smart medical devices
  4. How smart systems will allow China to reduce cost overall, even while bringing more people into an advanced healthcare delivery system.

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