Disruptive medical technology is on the way in San Jose

November 22, 2017

Now in its 10th year, BIOMEDevice San Jose provides engineers and executives from Silicon Valley’s thriving medical device industry with an opportunity to source the products and services they need to develop next-generation healthcare products as well as supplement their industry knowledge through a comprehensive conference program. The event returns to the San Jose Convention Center on Dec. 6 and 7.

Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit
Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and "right to repair" activist will be a keynote speaker at BIOMEDevice San Jose.

Two bold voices have been scheduled to make keynote presentations: Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, and Gunnar Newquist, PhD, founder of Brain2Bot.

Wiens will discuss the “right to repair,” a campaign advocating legislation to support the independent electronics repair industry, while he tears down Apple’s iPhone 8. The keynote is scheduled for 1 PM on Dec. 6.

On the following day, Dec. 7 at 1 PM, scientist-turned-entrepreneur Gunnar Newquist will explain how biomimicry and the next revolution in artificial intelligence will transform our devices into companions. His company, Brain2Bot, uses biomimicry to give robots real-time learning abilities, emotions and personality.


Taking the pulse of digital health

Befitting its location in the heart of Silicon Valley, BIOMEDevice San Jose features a number of sessions revolving around digital health.

The convergence of medical technology and information technology requires a new approach to team building within medical device companies. A panel of experts will offer insights on ensuring that the right voices are heard during the product development process. Panelists include Charlie Dean, Vice President of R&D and Corporate Development at Apollo Endosurgery, and Marta Gaia Zanchi, PhD, Vice President of Digital Health at Orbees Medical. “Building Better Cross-Functional Teams for the Digital Health Explosion” is scheduled for 8:30 AM on Dec. 6.

How the Internet of things (IOT) is affecting next-generation device design and improving patient care and physician needs will be addressed by Sandhiprakash Bhide, President of Anwaya Consulting. The consultancy advises high-tech companies and financial institutions on business strategies and digital transformations. Healthcare management is becoming a major economic issue worldwide, with national healthcare expenditures reaching close to 17.8% as a share of GDP, said Bhide. Transforming healthcare digitally and complementing it with IOT can considerably help in addressing these issues, he added. “Digital Transformation and Application of IOT to Healthcare” will take place at 1:15 PM on Dec. 6 at Center Stage.

Have you thought about giving your medical device a voice? Amazon’s Alexa might be able to help. Fletcher Nelson, Senior Technical Evangelist at Amazon, will explain how to integrate Alexa Voice Service technology into your products. The burgeoning homecare market could see some real benefits. Find out more at the ESC Engineering Theater on Dec. 7 at 10:15 AM.

Other conference and session topics at the event include tips on assessing and sourcing technology for new product development and manufacturing, understanding chemical characterization in 3D-printed medical devices, and the impact of advanced wearable technology on new applications in healthcare.

A complete schedule and more information about the event is available on the BIOMEDevice San Jose website.

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