M2M Forum 2013 explores MEMS and the future of medical devices

MEMS Industry Group (MIG), a global industry organization with more than 140 member-companies and partners, will welcome micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), medical industry and academic experts to Cambridge, Mass. for Member-to-Member (M2M) Forum 2013, a conference on the MEMS connection to advancements in healthcare, medical and biomedical applications.

“Tiny, intelligent MEMS sensors—more popularly known for enhancing the user experience with smartphones, tablets and video game controllers—are improving medical technology in dramatic ways. From wearable and implantable drug-delivery systems to remote patient monitoring for diabetes and heart disease, medical researchers and technologists are collaborating on new applications that will improve patients’ health and quality of life in myriad ways,” said Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS Industry Group. “This year we are bringing M2M Forum, our annual members’ technical conference, to Cambridge, the very heart of innovation in biomedical/medical research and technology. M2M Forum gives attendees a rare glimpse into the opportunities and challenges affecting the entire MEMS supply chain as they integrate MEMS into biomedical/medical devices.”

Agenda highlights of M2M Forum 2013 include:

  • Welcome and Overview: Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS Industry Group
  • MEMS Standardization Update: Stephen Whalley, director, Sensors, Intel Architecture Group, Intel Corporation
  • Keynote Presentation: “Medical Sensor and Sensing Technologies in the Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE: New Materials, Medical Research and mHealth Converging Fast!”: Mark Winter, senior director, Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE, XPRIZE
  • Outlook for MEMS in Digital Health”: Shane Walker, associate director at InMedica, IHS
  • The Role of MEMS in the Future of Health Care Delivery”: Mehran Mehregany, PhD, Goodrich Professor of Engineering Innovation Director, Wireless Health Program Director, Case School of Engineering
  • Microsystems for Implantable Drug Delivery”: Jeffrey Borenstein, PhD, technical director – Biomedical Engineering Center, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
  • Panel – “Incorporating End-user Experience into MEMS-powered Design through Human Factors Engineering,” with speakers:
    • Mark Diperri (moderator), senior field applications engineer, Freescale Semiconductor
    • Asmita Khanolkar, program manager, SMC Ltd.
    • Tom O’Dwyer, technology director, Healthcare group, Analog Devices
    • Brian O’Loughlin, sales manager, IMT
    • Overcoming Challenges of Integrating MEMS into Medical Devices – from Product Development to Manufacturing”: Asmita Khanolkar, program manager, SMC Ltd.
    • Keynote Presentation: “Commercializing MEMS-enabled Products: A View from the Ivory Tower”: Martin Schmidt, PhD, associate provost and professor of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Keynote Presentation: “Fluidic MEMS”: Mehmet Toner, PhD, professor of surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is the trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. More than 140 companies comprise MIG, including Analog Devices, Applied Materials, ASE, Bosch, Fairchild Semiconductor, Freescale Semiconductor, GE, Honeywell, HP, Intel, InvenSense, Murata Electronics Oy, OMRON Electronic Components, Qualcomm, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and ULVAC Technologies, Inc.


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