6th - 8th March 2017
Courtyard Marriott Brussels, Belgium
A New Era for Medical Polymers
6th - 8th March 2017
Courtyard Marriott Brussels, Belgium
A New Era for Medical Polymers
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Training Seminars 6 March 2017
 
12.00 New trends in medical polymers
Len Czuba, CEO Czuba Enterprises, USA
 
High volume single-use medical devices will continue to rely on many of the tried and proven legacy polymers for their construction. But as novel technologies continue to emerge, the intersection with unique medical devices will force the selection of some of the newest polymer families. Implantables, resorbables, high permeability polymers and ultra-high strength materials will be selected for new devices or instruments.  Accessories enabling continuous sensing of blood oxygen or glucose, resterilization of durable, strong, light-weight instruments or metal to plastics replacements will all be possible as the next generation materials provide increased functionality to the newest products.  This seminar will look at some of the newest frontiers of material offerings while showing how these materials can provide extended properties to take advantage of the latest emerging technologies.
 
What are the healthcare trends affecting our industry?
How are new technologies able to respond to global needs in healthcare?
What new materials will provide the foundation for next generation products?
How can device manufacturers support and capitalize on the intersection of new technologies, new processing capabilities and the latest new emerging polymers?
 
13.40 Refreshment break
 
14.00 Processing the Future: Additive Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry
Dr Seán Lyons, Director of Applied Polymer Technologies Research Centre, Ireland
 
The training will introduce the various technologies that fall underneath the additive manufacturing umbrella such as Stereolithography, Fused Filament Fabrication, Selective laser sintering etc. and describe the evolution of additive manufacturing from a prototyping tool to an industrial part production technology. Focusing on applicability to the medical device sector, the session will examine the advantages and disadvantages of each technology as well as the availability of approved resins, design considerations and case studies of medical devices currently being manufactured using an additive manufacturing approach or utilising a component manufactured by additive manufacturing. Prospective on future directions for the technology as well how the additive manufacturing approach is enabling traditional medical device manufacturing will also be discussed.
 
15.40 Refreshment break
 
16.00 The Challenges of New Medical Product Development and How to Succeed
Len Czuba, CEO Czuba Enterprises, USA
 
Human ingenuity is never at a loss for new ideas or concepts that can provide some new product or gadget having the potential to benefit mankind. But once the idea is conceived, the challenge of taking that great idea through the product development process can be daunting. This seminar will review the steps that would be followed by anyone starting with a concept wanting to take it through making the final product and bringing that product to market introduction.
 
Working with concept innovator – taking ideas from fantasy to reality
-Napkin sketches to CAD models
Design for manufacturing
-Materials, processing, assembly & sterilization
Testing at every stage in the process through ultimate regulatory clearance
-The ability to prove safety & effectiveness
Market introduction and performance tracking
 
17.40 End of Seminars
 
 
 
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