Conference Schedule


Day One — Tuesday, April 16


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.



9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE: Creating Big Change in Small Ways


Keith Guggenberger, Senior Vice-President of Operations
Starkey Hearing Technologies

Starkey is a world leader in developing and manufacturing hearing technologies and related accessories. As an executive with broad responsibilities, Keith leads innovation initiatives that develop technologies and drive change in the global manufacturing of medical devices. Guggenberger will share some of the experiences and challenges faced in creating and deploying technologies through microelectronics and rapid device manufacturing. His keynote will explore how to combine leadership, technology and innovation to accomplish big organizational change and growth in small ways.


10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break/Technology Highlights Theater


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Challenges to Innovation

While the medical device industry is driven by innovation, challenges exist in every part of the process. Industry professionals from different perspectives will address critical questions and provide insight as to ways you may address the challenges you face.
MODERATOR: Christopher Scorzelli, Kablooē Design

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Visit Exhibits/Lunch in Exhibits


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Visit Exhibits/ Technology Highlights Theater


1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Innovative Technologies


Regenerative Medicine: Current Concepts and Changing Trends
James Yoo, Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forrest
Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering apply the principles of cell transplantation, material sciences, and bioengineering to construct biological substitutes that may restore and maintain normal function in diseased and injured tissues.
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Benefits of Metal Injection Molding
Tony Pelke, Phillips Medisize
CHALLENGE: Creating complex metal components at 50% the cost of other metal forming processes.
Metal Injection Molding (MIM) is the process of forming complex metal components many times at 50% lower cost of other metal forming processes. The best applications for MIM are small, complex components and geometries that are less than 20 grams in weight, although parts as large as 150 grams have been produced. The MIM technology offers a wide range of materials for all industries. Discussion will include:

  • Metal Injection Molding Process Overview
  • MIM Design Guidelines
  • MIM vs alternate metal forming technologies
  • MIM Case Studies


3:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.

Break—Visit Exhibits/Technology Highlights Theater


3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


From making the decision to outsource a portion of your manufacturing to maintaining the process and quality throughout, this session will bring together the stakeholders to discuss these and more. Gain ideas you can use AND ask your critical questions.


5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception



Day Two — Wednesday, April 17


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE: Medical Manufacturing Innovation in a Changing Landscape


 Dale Wahlstrom
President and CEO
LifeScience Alley and the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota

The new Medical Device Innovation Consortium’s mission is to promote innovation through the application of regulatory science to expedite new product development and review. With FDA review changes and the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act, what are some of the implications? What does this mean for manufacturing? How will your efforts to use new technologies, tools and process improvements be impacted? Wahlstrom will share his thoughts on these and more based on his more than 24 years with Medtronic, CRDM Venture programs and now as President, CEO of Life Science Alley and The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota.


10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

Break—Visit Exhibits/Technology Highlights Theater


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Unlike other industries, process improvements in medical manufacturing are more than just changing the process. Where and how can you make changes? Discussion will include ideas from varied positions and will include the impact of regulations and a variety of continuous improvement ideas.
MODERATOR: Bob Dummer, Baxter


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Visit Exhibits/Lunch in Exhibits


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Choosing the best technology for your application and how to validate your process are key factors to maintaining quality throughout the manufacturing and life cycle of a medical device. Engage with these experienced quality professionals to gain insights and ideas you can use the next day.

MODERATOR: Dawn Luehrs, Nonin Medical


3:00 p.m.

Conference Concludes