University of Minnesota to host world's largest medical devices conference April 13-15

Conference includes keynote address about impact of health care reform, live surgery broadcast and research on more than 100 emerging topics

Media Note: Mechanical engineering professor Art Erdman, medical devices expert and co-chair of the conference, is available for interviews prior to the conference. Media wishing to attend should contact Rhonda Zurn in the Institute of Technology.


Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, Institute of Technology,, (612) 626-7959
Ryan Maus, University News Service,, (612) 624-1690

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/09/2010) —Medical device leaders from across the country, in both industry and academia, will converge next week at the University of Minnesota’s ninth annual Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD) April 13-15 at the Radisson University Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

More than 1,000 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 three-day conference will address major trends related to medical device design, policy, engineering, education and commercialization. The conference includes multiple speakers, scientific poster sessions, and technical/scientific workshops with topics such as cardiovascular engineering, neuroengineering, health informatics, nanodevices, tissue engineering, medical electronics, health care reform and much more.

A conference highlight is a keynote address by former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger on the impact of federal health care reform on the future of the medical device industry. Conference attendees will also be able to observe a live surgery that will be broadcasted via videoconference from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. In addition, there will be two scientific poster sessions that will showcase more than 100 emerging topics in biomedical engineering and medical device design.

The conference also includes a medical devices industry job fair, mini-symposium on regulatory issues, academy for innovation and a 5K fun run.

"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. “Ten years ago we had a vision to establish an event where leaders from academia and industry would come together to share the latest in medical device design. This vision has become a successful reality and continues to exceed even our own expectations.”

The conference is presented by the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine’s Medical Devices Center, the Institute of Technology (soon to be called the College of Science and Engineering), the Academic Health Center, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Several corporations are also providing industry sponsorships including Boston Scientific, Medtronic Inc., OneMedPlace, St. Jude Medical, Experimental Surgical Services, LifeScience Alley and Minnetronix.

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