Biomed News - October 2013

October 01, 2013

Edison Nation & Hill-Rom Seek Out New Ideas With Invention Contest

 Edison Nation Medical and Hill-Rom have teamed up on an invention contest that looks to unearth new ideas on addressing patient infections that occur within health-care environments.

The nationwide invention contest seeks to develop new products or improve existing ones to fight the rate of infections in inpatient and outpatient settings. Both health care professionals and the general public can submit ideas through Edison Nation Medical's entry portal through November 18.

Around 1.7 million patients have contracted health care-associated infections that resulted in 99,000 deaths, according to a New York Times article in 2010, "Rising Threat of Infections Unfazed by Antibiotics.”The annual direct cost of this to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28 billion to $45 billion, according to a 2009 study.

 The contest entries’ target areas may be specific, such as reducing the spread of infection or instrument sterilization and monitoring, but broader ideas are also encouraged.

 ”As health-care providers, we face numerous challenges, with risk of infections among patients being one of them,” says Dr. Jean Wright, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Vice-President of Innovation. “We eagerly seek new ideas and innovations that result in decreased infection rates and improved patient outcomes.”

 Moreover, the best ideas will be designed, developed, and licensedby Edison National Medical, splitting royalties with the inventor(s). For its part, Hill-Rom will work with Edison Nation Medical to commercialize the concepts and review the remaining ideas, which could potentially supplement the company’s internal product and technology-development efforts

 “Our mission at Edison Nation Medical is to make a difference in health care, whether we improve the quality of care, increase the effectiveness of care or reduce cost; achieving all three is certainly the trifecta,” says Louis Foreman, chief executive of Edison Nation Medical.




AAMI to Hold Radiation Sterilization for Medical Devices


On October 8-11, AAMI will have a 3½-day program that will cover principles, processes, industry best practices, and industry standards in radiation sterilization for medical devices.


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AAMI/FDA Summit on Healthcare Technology in Nonclinical Settings


AAMI and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invite you to play an active role in improving the safety and effectiveness of medical technologies used in homes and other nonclinical settings, by participating in the AAMI/FDA Summit on Healthcare Technology in Nonclinical Settings, October 9-10, at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, VA.

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AAMI to HoldDeveloping and Validating Software for the Medical Device Industry Workshop

 AAMI will have a 3-day workshop on October 9-11 that will provide attendees with guidance on designing software validation plans that build confidence in the software and comply with regulatory requirements.

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AAMI to Hold Human Factors for Medical Devices Course

 This 3-day course to be held on October 14-16 offers participants a comprehensive overview to human factors as it relates to medical devices. It includes regulatory requirements of FDA, specifically the interpretation from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Human Factors Team, as they relate to human factors, and the process of applying human factors in design controls during the design of a medical device.

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AAMI to Hold Effective Application of Agile Practices in the Development of Medical Device Software Course

 Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to evaluate the challenges with the use of Agile practices and be prepared to adapt these practices as needed to ensure the development of compliant, safe, and effective products. This course, which will be held on October 17-18, builds on the concepts in AAMI TIR45:2012, Guidance on the use of AGILE practices in the development of medical device software.

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AAMI to Hold Quality System Requirements and Industry Practice Course

 This intensive 4-day program to be held on October 28 - Nov. 1 provides quality system professionals with the basic knowledge and skills needed to develop a quality system program that conforms with the FDA's Quality System regulation. Course content is the culmination of almost two years of consensus development on the part of a respected group of more than thirty quality system experts from leading device manufacturing companies, the FDA, and consultants to the industry.


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AAMI to Hold Integrating Risk Management into the Quality System Course

 This comprehensive course to be held on October 30 - Nov. 1 for medical device manufacturers presents risk management concepts used throughout the quality system as well as the lifecycle of the product, from design…to manufacturing…through post-production.

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AlaSHE to Host Fall Conference

 Join AlaSHE as we celebrate 50 years of quality education, networking, and exposure to the latest industry technology and services. AlaSHE conferences help members further develop their professional abilities, offer information on current issues from the experts and exchange ideas with their peers from across the state. This year’s conference will be held October 9-11 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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BMES to Hold 2013 Biomedical Engineering Regional Career Conference

 The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Biomedical Engineering Regional Career Conference (SEMABECC) hosted by the University of Virginia Biomedical Engineering Department, is a unique one-day conference to be held on October 25 and is designed specifically for biomedical engineering students (undergraduate, graduate and post-doctorates) and working professionals. The conference provides a wealth of career information and networking opportunities.  Students and recent graduates will learn about careers from alumni working in industry, academia, government, law and medicine.  Attendees will learn about full-time opportunities and current students can hear about intern/coop programs.  Students with research projects and also design teams are welcome to present their work in the poster session.  SEMABECC also showcases the host school's BME program, students and faculty.

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Dr. Arthur Ting Speaks On Demonstrating the MAKO technology surgical robot and advances in Biomedical Technology


Arthur J. Ting, M.D. is an experienced and established figure in the Bay Area sports medicine world. The San Francisco native directs a talented staff of medical specialists devoted to the treatment and prevention of sports-related injuries.

 The talk will be held on October 5, 2013 at DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont, CA 94555.

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CABMET Fall Meeting

 Matt Baretich, President, Baretich Engineering, Inc., will be speaking on The Curious History of Electrical Safety Testing on October 17, 2013.

 Follow the history of electrical safety testing from Ralph Nader to NFPA 99. Learn why have we have spent so many hours chasing microamps and why we’re likely to do less of it in the future.

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Florida Biomedical Society Symposium 2013

 Florida Biomedical Society will be holding its Symposium 2013 on Thursday October 31- Sunday November 3, 2013.

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NESCE Medical Device Networking Training

 The New England Society of Clinical Engineering will hold its Medical Device Networking Training on October 1-3, 2013.

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NMBIO - Incubators/Accelerators Support Tech Startups

 Oct. 22, 2012 –Central New Mexico entrepreneurs and small business folks are fortunate to have access to space and expertise to help grow their companies. These facilities provide much of the infrastructure that a small startup would have to purchase and space to work at a reduced rate. There is also mentoring support for incubator accelerator clients.

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NTBA Meeting


The up and coming association meeting will be held on 14 Oct 2013,

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Children's Medical Center of Dallas Moore Auditorium. It will feature the TBD presentation.

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AAMI holds Design Control Requirements and Industry Practice Course

 This intensive 2½ day course held on September 23-25 covered the practical application of the design control requirements of the Quality System regulation to medical devices. The program had been revised to include more hands-on exercises, more "how-to" information on implementation of design control requirements, increased focus on life cycle aspects of risk management and human factors, and more up-to-date industry examples.

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AAMI holds Safety Assurance Cases for Medical Devices

 This 3-day course held on September 30 - October 2 provided attendees with an understanding of safety assurance cases and how they can be used to demonstrate the validity of safety claims made for medical devices. It covered the elements of assurance cases, the structure and approach for using them to demonstrate medical device safety, how to create and review a safety assurance case with good arguments and evidence, and common logic fallacies seen in assurance cases.

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Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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