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Keynote Announced for Virtual Event: Developments in Materials for Medical Applications

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- European Medical Device Technology (EMDT), Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), and Qmed, the world's only 100% qualified medical device supplier directory and search engine, have announced the keynote and session speakers for the upcoming virtual conference and tradeshow focusing on current and emerging innovations in materials for medical applications.


The Developments in Materials for Medical Applications virtual event will kick-off with a keynote address by Dr. Xiang Zhang, Principal Consultant and Head of the Division of Medical Materials and Devices at CERAM. The address is entitled, "Materials for Medical Applications: From Being Part of the Problem to Being Part of the Solution." Zhang will discuss materials issues associated with a range of medical devices and outline how materials will play an ever-increasing role in the development of next-generation medical devices and combination products.

Zhang draws on a wide variety of experience in both academia and industry and is currently working on a number of pioneering projects in the area of Controlled Release Technology (CRT). In addition to water-glass, Zhang's team is investigating bioceramics and is developing ceramic-polymer hybrid materials for orthopaedic applications. Furthermore, Zhang's team is developing bioactive polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and toughened ceramics using his knowledge and experience of micro-fracture mechanics, an area in which he has been active for 17 years. Prior to joining CERAM, Xiang worked as Director of Cambridge NanoTech, in the field of nanoconductive materials and diagnostic medical devices. Learn more about the keynote address and Zhang here.

Multiple speaker and chat sessions will follow the keynote address. In the first session, The Building Blocks of Medical Innovation, Dr. Wolfram Altenhofen, Vice President of Business Development at Leukocare AG, will examine functionalising medical devices with biological components in his presentation, "Novel Approaches to Shelf-Life Extension and Terminal Sterilisation of Biologic-Device Combination Products." This will be followed by, "Resorbable Polymers: The Materials Behind Disappearing Implants With a Lasting Impact on Medicine," by Robert van Tuil, Marketing Director at Purac Biomaterials.

In the Trends in Packaging Materials session, panelists will discuss recent and forthcoming innovations in medical-grade packaging materials. Panelists include: Don Handrow, Director of Product Development at Prent Corporation, John Merritt, President and Founder of Merritt, Myers, Incorporated, and Michael Scholla, Senior Consultant at DuPont Medical Packaging.

Other speaker and chat sessions include: Materials Selection for Catheters, Emerging Technologies in Orthopaedic Materials, Materials for Implantable Devices, The Pros and Cons of PVC, and Medical Device Coatings.

All speaker sessions culminate with a live Q&A. The session agenda is also available online.

The virtual event will take place on 24 May 2011, from 11:00–19:00 (London); 12:00-20:00 (Paris); 6:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. (New York). Registration is now available and is free to attendees.

The virtual conference and tradeshow offers attendees the opportunity to learn from and interact directly with industry experts and technology providers of materials and related products and services. This topic-specific, focused environment is available directly from virtually anywhere an attendee has computer online access.

Sponsors include: Executive Sponsor: Teleflex Medical OEM, Member Sponsors: AdvanSource Biomaterials Corporation, Dymax Corporation, and NuSil Technology, and Exhibiting Sponsor: BioCoat Incorporated.

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