June 11: Workshop
June 12-13: Conference/Exhibits (View exhibits floor plan)
LaCentre Conference Facility - Westlake, Ohio
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Monday, June 11
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration
1:00 p.m.-5 p.m.
"Reducing Tool Conditioning Time in Medical Molding"
Cameron Courtwright, Consultant/Trainer, RJG Inc.
Tuesday, June 12
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Robert Grace, Editorial Director, Plastics News Global Group,
and Associate Publisher & Conference Director, Plastics News
Craig Nikrant, President, Global Specialty Engineered Materials Business, PolyOne Corp.
“The Ups & Downs of the Product Innovation Journey”
Brian Gilbert, CEO, Future Path Medical Holding Co.
Claire Zangerle, President & CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio
“Defining Innovation in Medical Device Design”
Ted Kucklick, President & Chief Technology Officer, Cannuflow Inc.
“Begin at the Beginning: Asking the Right Questions at the Front-End of the Product Development Process”
Kevin Harper, President, Knowvention LLC
Panel Discussion: “Making Innovation a Reality in Medical Device Design”
Participants: Brian Gilbert, Claire Zangerle, Ted Kucklick and Kevin Harper
Moderator: Angie DeRosa, Conference Producer, Plastics News
"How to Enter and Supply the Medical Device Market, Anticipate Trends and Envision the Future"
Nick Fotis, R&D Director - PreSource & Scientific Products, Cardinal Health Inc.
“Metal-to-Plastics Conversions in the Marketplace”
Jay Haverstraw, Technical Sales Manager - Medical,
“Maintaining Creativity, Innovation & Sustainable Practices”
Chris Kaye, Vice President - Research & Technical Innovation, U.S. Endoscopy
“Finding Innovation through Cross Collaboration in Medical Device Design”
Jeff Applegate, President, Blackwell Plastics Inc.
“The FDA - U.S. Medical Device Industry's Referee”
Len Czuba, President, Czuba Enterprises Inc.
"Understanding the Product Liability Risks Along the Supply Chain in the Medical Device Industry"
Andrew Cox, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
“Biomaterials Supplier Liability Issues, FDA Regulation and Managing Risk”
Rick Stearns, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP
Panel Discussion: “Managing the Product Development Process and FDA Regulations”
Participants: Rick Stearns and Andrew Cox
Moderator: Len Czuba
5:00 p.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13
8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Robert Grace, Plastics News
“Innovation and Value-Driven Engineering in Orthopaedics”
Dr. Stephen Fening, Director - Orthopaedic Devices, Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron
“Applying Plastics Technologies in Stem Cell Therapies”
Co-Presented by Tom Houdeshell, President, Atek Plastics
& Tod Borton, VP - Technical Operations, Aastrom Biosciences Inc.
“Using External Gas-Assist Molding in Processing Parts for Medical Devices”
Dr. Michael Hansen, Sr. Technical Development Engineer, Mack Molding
“How Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is Being Used to Create Innovative Products in the Biomedical Industry”
Ed Domanski, U.S. Director - Orthopaedics, Materialise NV
“Leveraging Focused Infrared Thru-transmission in Plastic Medical Device Assembly”
Drew Jelgerhuis, Business Development-Life Sciences, Extol Inc.
"The Influence of HAIs and Hospital Disinfectants on Medical Device Material Selection"
Joseph Kutka, Global Business Development Manager, Healthcare - Geon Performance Materials, PolyOne Corp.
“Considering Fluoropolymers in Medical Device Manufacturing”
Co-presented by John Felton, Market Dev. Mgr., Daikin America Inc.
"Fluoropolymers in Healthcare Applications"
& Ken Kelly, General Manager, Performance Plastics Ltd.
"Injection Molding Fluoropolymers For Medical Components"
“Keys to Successful Medical Part Validation”
Phil Juzwick, Development Engineer, Nexeo Solutions LLC
“Regulatory Pressures Faced by Medical Device Designers”
Elliott Pritikin, Senior Medical Market Manager, Teknor Apex Co.
Networking with exhibitors
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