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Minnesotans to Keynote Materials for Medical Devices Conference
Date:7/27/2009

Two leading Minnesota-based innovators in the field of medical implants will keynote the upcoming Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference, Aug. 10-12 at the Hilton Minneapolis.

(Vocus) July 27, 2009 -- Two leading Minnesota-based innovators in the field of medical implants will keynote the upcoming Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference, Aug. 10-12 at the Hilton Minneapolis.

David Wayne Polly, Jr., M.D., professor and chief of the spine service in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota, will describe spinal implants and devices from a clinical perspective - "what are we doing now, what works, what doesn't work, and where our successes and failures are leading us in terms of materials and design," he said.

Robert S. Schwartz, M.D., medical director of the Minnesota Cardiovascular Research Institute at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, will describe a potential breakthrough in the biocompatibility of intravascular devices. "The lack of a suitable prosthetic arterial conduit remains a major problem in clinical medicine today," he said. A solution is under development: A new "living" stent that can be placed over artery injury sites to function immediately as a new vessel.

Third keynoter Sri Sridhar, Ph.D., chair of the physics department at Northeastern University, will describe advances in biocompatible nanomaterials that have resulted in dramatic improvements in imaging, early diagnosis and targeted delivery of therapeutics.

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