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University of Minnesota to host world's largest medical devices conference April 9-11

Conference includes exhibit of real human hearts, simulation technologies suite and a live surgery broadcast

April 8, 2013

Media note: Mechanical engineering professor Art Erdman, medical devices expert and chair of the conference, is available for interviews. Media wishing to interview Erdman or attend the conference should contact Rhonda Zurn at or Matt Hodson at

What: University of Minnesota’s 12th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference
When: April 9-11, 2013
Where: Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/08/2013) –- Medical device leaders from across the country in both industry and academia will converge at the University of Minnesota’s 12th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD) April 9-11 at the Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The conference will address emerging trends related to medical device design, policy, engineering, education and commercialization.

More than 1,200 people are expected to attend this year’s conference, making it the largest medical devices conference in the world. Additional walk-in registrations are welcome.

"The DMD conference continues to grow by all measures, illustrating the critical importance of medical devices and surrounding technologies, policies and clinical needs," said Art Erdman, a University of Minnesota mechanical engineering professor and conference co-chair. "Twelve years ago we had a vision to establish an event where leaders from academia and industry would come together to share the latest issues in medical device design. This vision has become a successful reality and continues to exceed even our own expectations." 

The three-day conference offers technical sessions on a wide variety of topics, including live surgery, cardiovascular engineering, neuroengineering, micro and nano devices, medical electronics, surgical robotics, tissue engineering, power for implanted medical devices, global health, virtual prototyping, entrepreneurship, trends in med tech regulation and laser therapies.

The conference also includes an interactive "Hands on Hearts" exhibit of real human hearts; a live surgery that will be broadcast via videoconference from the University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview; advanced surgical and medical simulators; a medical devices industry job fair; and scientific poster session that will showcase more than 100 emerging topics in biomedical engineering and medical device design.

The third day of the conference will include a Symposium on " Innovation in World Healthcare." Its keynote presenters will be:

  • Adriana Velazquez Berumen, World Health Organization
  • David Kelso, Director, Global Northwestern University
  • Abhay Nihalani, Global Product Manager, GE Healthcare
  • Rahul Panicker, Co-founder and President of Products, Embrace Innovations

The conference is presented by the University of Minnesota’s Medical Devices Center (part of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine) and the College of Science and Engineering. Several corporations are also providing industry sponsorships including 3M, Bookoff McAndrews LLC, Boston Scientific Corporation, Medtronic Inc., Minnetronix Inc., LifeScience Alley and Ximedica.

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