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April 11, 12-14, 2016


The Commons Hotel & McNamara Alumni Center

Minneapolis, MN


"It was a brilliant few days. The conference was excellent, everyone was exceptionally friendly and positive, and it was great to see first hand the possibilities for synergy between our institutions."
- 2015 Conference Speaker

2015 DMD Conference Keynotes & Featured Speakers

  • "A Novel Tissue Welding Device" Vincent Zaballa, Texas A&M University

    "An Access-Closure Device for Percutaneous Beating Heart Surgery" Ronit Malka, Harvard University (not pictured)

    "Benchtop Testing of a Novel Robotic Capsule with Differential Drive Capabilities" Mark Rentschler, University of Colorado
  • "Fostering a Culture of Physician Innovation"
    William Cohn, Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine

    Tuesday Lunch Keynote, April 14, 2015
  • “The Global Medical Device Market”
    Philip Ebeling, Sr. Vice President, Research and Development Interim Site Leader, Cardiovascular & Electrophysiology Franchises, St. Jude Medical

    Thursday Lunch Keynote, April 16, 2015
  • "Medical Devices: Past Impact and Future Opportunity"
    Susan Alpert, SFA Consulting, LLC
    2015 DMD Award Recipient

    Wednesday Lunch Keynote, April 15, 2015
  • Dr. Art Erdman, Conference Chair and Goldy Gopher, UMN Mascot, during a sponsor showcase at the DMD Conference
  • A Heart to Learn Exhibit
    Featuring the usage of 3D Printing in Cardiovasular research and a library of human and animal hearts.
  • "Soft Injectable and Conformable Neural Interfaces"
    John Rogers University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Plenary Keynote Tuesday, April 14, 2015
  • Simulation Technologies Suite
    Showcases the Reaserch and Development of new surgical simulation tools, equipment and clinical training.
  • Symposium: “Medical Device Innovation in the Far East”

    A unique perspective on the increasing growth of the medical device industry in China, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.
  • Symposium: “Medical Device Innovation in the Far East”

    Senior management representatives from US medical device companies had a conversation about how the Far East has and will continue to impact strategic investments by US med tech companies.
  • "Becoming a Medical Technology Innovator" Innovation Workshop

    In this better than ever fast-paced, one-day workshop, attendees learned the essentials of being a medical technology innovator and key opinion leader.
  • DMD Emerging Medical Innovation Valuation Competition

    A way for researchers and inventors to get immediate feedback about their projects from leaders in medical technology research, engineering & development.
  • ASME Best Paper Awards
    2013 Winner:
    "Dielectric Elastomer Jet Valve for Magnatic Resonance Imaging-Compatible Robotics" Accepted by Jean-Philippe Lucking Bigué

    2014 Winner: "Design of a Clutch–Spring Knee Exoskeleton for Running" Accepted by Grant Elliott

    2014 Winner: "A 7-DOF Haptics-Enabled Teleoperation Test-Bed for Minimally Invasive Surgery" Accepted by Ali Talasaz
  • Grand Prize: “SimUCath” Taylor Boyle, Lindsay Evans, Bimal Amin and Thomas McDowell, University of Delaware

    2nd Place: “Design of a Novel Device for Reduced Pain Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair” Genevieve Fowler, John Gaudet, Joyce Li, Thomas Morley and Thomas Ryan, Yale

    3rd Place: “Soft Wearable Orthotic Device to Assist Kicking in Developmentally Delayed Infants” Emily Rogers, Kriti Subramanyam and Mateusz Kulesza, Harvard
  • The 2015 live international clinical cases featured an Aortic Heart Valve Disease & a Mitrol Heart Valve Disease done by Interventional Cardiologist Prof. Dr. med. Horst Sievert and his team from the CardioVascular Center Frankfurt (CVC Frankfurt), Germany / St. Josef's Hospital Wiesbaden, Germany.
  • 5.10k Road Race & Fun Run
    Monday, April 13, 2015, Coffman Memorial Union

    The 5.10k had over 60 participants.

(click on the highlighted picture to view detailed session information)

The world's largest premiere medical devices conference consists of four-days of workshops, symposiums, scientific poster sessions and technical/scientific sessions, with topics such as:
  • Advances in Medical Devices
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Becoming a MedTech Innovator
  • Cardiovascular Engineering
  • Clinical Trials
  • Computation
  • Drug Delivery Devices
  • Government Funding of Start-ups
  • Human Factors
  • Micro & Nano Devices
  • Micro Fluidic Medical Devices
  • Neuroengineering
  • Pediatrics


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