Medical Electronics Symposium 2016

SMTA, INEMI, and MEPTEC have joined forces to again host this international conference, focusing on advances in electronic technologies and advanced manufacturing, specifically targeting medical and bioscience applications. Last year's conference attracted about 200 attendees and more than 30 exhibitors. Prior to last year, MEPTEC's and SMTA's conferences were held in Phoenix, Arizona and Milpitas, CA, respectively, drawing technology experts, entrepreneurs and service providers that work in this niche technology space. Typical applications within this space involve implantable defibrillators, neurostimulators and drug delivery, interventional catheters, pillcams, ultrasound transducers, hearing aids, biosensors, microfluidics, wireless communications, as well as future diagnostic and treatment solutions that may use stretchable electronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) or nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS).

Program Finalized and Registration Now Open

Two tracks make up the technical program for this symposium. Track 1 addresses Designs, Components and Assembly for High Density Medical Electronics Solutions with presentations from Indium Corp., KYZEN Corp., and Binghamton University among others. Track 2 will cover Next Generation Microelectronics for Changing Healthcare Markets with presentations from Cactus Semiconductor, Rudolph Technologies, Portland State University, and Intel. An iNEMI Panel Discussion will close out the two-day event.
View the full technical program here!

Keynote Speakers

The President's Precision Medicine Initiative: The Opportunities and Challenges of Analytics on Integrated Data from One Million Patients

Bob Rogers Bob Rogers, Intel Corporation

Bob Rogers, PhD, is Chief Data Scientist for Big Data Solutions at Intel, where he applies his experience solving problems with big data and analytics to help Intel build world class customer solutions. Prior to joining Intel, Bob was co-founder and Chief Scientist at Apixio, a big data analytics company for healthcare. Bob’s mission is to put powerful analytics in the hands of all decision makers. To achieve that, he believes that the secrets of unstructured data must be unlocked through the application of broadly accessible open source analytical tools.

Electronic Materials and Devices for Neural Applications

Mohammad Reza Abidian, Ph.D. Mohammad Reza Abidian, Ph.D., University of Houston

Mohammad Reza Abidian, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. Neural Engineering is a new discipline which unites engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry, and mathematics with cellular, molecular, cognitive and behavioral neurosciences, to understand the organizational principles and underlying mechanisms of the biology of neural systems, and to study the behavior dynamics and complexities of neural systems in nature. To highlight this emerging discipline, Dr. Abidian will devote his talk to the recent advances in neural engineering research and education.

Functional Electronic Clones & China's plan to Dominate the Semiconductor-Manufacturing Industry

Tom Sharpe Tom Sharpe, SMT Corporation

The entire electronics industry is now facing a much more insidious counterfeit threat than at any time in the past. The existence of cloned electronic components bearing the markings of major component manufacturers in today's global supply chains has been clearly established within SMT's labs over the past 4 years. The most worrisome aspect of these “made from scratch” fakes is their ability to easily pass current inspection processes AND electrical testing to the manufacturers data sheet. The presentation will focus on several actual examples of this most concerning advanced counterfeiter capability and some of the cutting-edge processes utilized by SMT as an obsolescence component supplier and testing lab to mitigate this new and growing threat from making it to our OEM, EMS & CM customers. The 2nd half of the presentation will focus on the current state and future OEM/End-User implications of China's "Home-grown Chips" initiative targeting the semiconductor manufacturing industry over the next 5-7 years. Both of these presentation focal points will be discussed in the context of their predictable future effects on the entire "High-Reliability" Medical Electronics Industry.

Technical Committee

General Chair:
Chuck Richardson, iNEMI

Technical Chair:
Peter Tortorici, Medtronic Microelectronics Center

Don Banks, St. Jude Medical
Bette Cooper, MEPTEC
Jenny Ng, SMTA
Bob Rogers, Intel Corporation

Track 1 - Designs, Components and Assembly for High-Density Medical Electronics Solutions

Chair: John McNulty Exponent Failure Analysis Associates
Co-Chair: Dale Lee Plexus Corp.
Mike Bixenman, KYZEN Corporation
Dock Brown, DfR Solutions
Damon DeSilva, AT&S America LLC
Cathi Piper AT&S America LLC

Track 2 - Next Generation Microelectronics for Changing Healthcare Markets

Chair: Celeste Fralick, Intel Corporation
Erik Jung, Fraunhofer IZM