AM Medical Creates Timely Virtual Forum Where Medicine and Technology Meet to Transform Lives, Featuring Presentation on Community Response to COVID-1

Published : Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 12:00 pm
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Technology experts and clinicians who are incorporating additive manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D printing) to improve patient care will gather virtually to accelerate innovation at the AM Medical Virtual Summit on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Registration is FREE, thanks to sponsor support. With a fresh approach to networking, learning and advancing the industry, ASME designed this virtual experience to set the stage for meaningful connections and productive meetings.

From virtually anywhere, participants can gain insights from thought leaders at keynotes, participate in lunch and learns, spend time at their choice of 20 sessions in three different tracks – medical device manufacturing, tissue biofabrication, and specific considerations for clinicians– or explore what’s new from a growing list of vendors in the virtual exhibit hall.

The AM Medical Virtual Summit is the only immersive event focused on 3D-printed medical applications that unites innovators who are changing the healthcare landscape. The virtual event features presentations on the medical AM/3D printing community’s response to COVID-19, quality systems for manufacturing, collaborations and resources in additive manufacturing, 3D printing for point-of-care, and 3D biofabrication. Keynote panelists include top medical 3D printing leaders from Johnson & Johnson, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Stryker, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and more. Other programming features such as the InnoZone Theatre and virtual networking lounge encourage discussion and co-creation.

“At Johnson & Johnson, we are using 3D Printing technology to innovate at every touchpoint with patient specific, on-demand solutions that promise to transform the standard-of-care and to help more people access treatments globally,” says Sam Onukuri, head of the company’s 3D printing innovation and customer solutions, and a panelist in the “Medical AM/3DP Community Response to COVID-19” presentation at 10 a.m. EDT on May 27.

Children with birth defects, soldiers with cranial injuries, conjoined twins, cancer patients and many others have been helped by 3D printing innovations. The value to individual patients is immeasurable. Every day, physicians including Dr. Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda of Stanford University and many others are using additive manufacturing technologies to improve patient care. Fernandez-Miranda and his team used 3D modeling and virtual reality to plan a recent life-saving surgery to remove a brain tumor from a two-year-old boy. He is a panelist in the AM Medical Virtual Summit breakout session, “Multi-disciplinary Approach Needed for Point-of-Care 3D Printing,” at 2 p.m. EDT on May 27.

Meanwhile, as these inspiring stories about individual patients make headlines, 3D printing technology also is being used to more efficiently mass produce medical and dental devices, to create complex structures, and to produce innovative designs not possible with other existing technology. Nearly 150 medical devices that have been cleared by the FDA are produced using additive manufacturing, compared with just a handful of medical devices that are patient-matched with 3D printing at the point of care. The total value of AM machines, materials, software and services for medical applications is projected to reach $2.2 billion by 2024, according to a recent report from Global Market Insights.

However, achieving this growth potential requires collaboration between the manufacturing and medical communities to enable technology application.

“Now more than ever, there is an incredible demand for advanced healthcare solutions that impact patient care and operational efficiency. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need,” says ASME President Richard Laudenat. “The 3D printing industry has demonstrated how quickly it can respond to augment the medical supply chain. We are fueling more collaborations that will unlock future growth opportunities and improvements for patient care. There’s potential for exceptional applications to become accessible to more patients as device manufacturers harness the technology for production on a larger scale.”

Sponsors and exhibitors in the AM Medical Virtual Summit include industry leaders such as 3D Systems, B9 Creations, CAD BLU, EOS, Formlabs, GE Additive, Marvel Medtech, MasterGraphics, NCS Technologies, Nota3D, Protolabs, Trumpf, Xometry, and Zeiss.

“Transformational technologies deserve new approaches,” says Debbie Holton, ASME’s managing director of industry events. “We’re excited to offer attendees a comprehensive look at 3D technologies with real-world applications that impact all of us. Our innovative event design engages experts and newcomers from all fields to drive technology forward. This conversation will continue beyond the May event as ASME rolls out a series of AM Virtual Summit events and presents a hybrid in-person and virtual event this October in Minneapolis.”

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