Over the years, the images of disabled children with colorful prosthetic limbs inspired impactful movements like the ENABLE community and Victoria Hand Project, as well as enumerable passionate innovators who have pushed the boundaries to increase accessibility and lower the cost of orthotics and prosthetics. However, the field of 3D printed prosthetics has advanced significantly since the days of ENABLE hands. These advancements include not just hardware, materials, but also software, designs, 3D scanning, and lately completely digitalized workflow at the point of care, often leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence. More importantly, technologists are now working more closely with clinicians to create a more efficient and more evidence-based patient-centered clinical solution. In this highly anticipated webinar, we invited experts with decades of technical, business, and clinical experiences and diverse perspectives to give the attendees a 360-degree view of the current and future status of the industry. We will also have breakout rooms after the webinar presentations for networking purposes, which will last around 30 minutes. This serves to network freely and also to connect Pitch3D startups and investors during the breakout session, and you can apply here. The on-demand recording will be available here after the event.
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Bryan Craft started his career in medical 3D technology during a time where Coronavirus was threatening the supply of critical medical equipment (PPE). Working with a service bureau in North Carolina, he and his team 3D printed and delivered thousands of face shields to medical professionals in North Carolina and beyond. Bryan has devoted his time to learn how the 3D technology industry can improve medical device manufacturing specifically for Orthotics and Prosthetics. In 2021, Bryan joined the medical technology company, Spentys, where he is making 3D technology a reality in O&P. His core focus is to enhance the patient experience by increasing customization, exploring advanced materials, and working closely with innovative clinicians. Bryan has investigated the time savings for clinicians who adopt streamlined 3D technology and continues to search for new applications and use cases.
Albert Shih is Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. He received PhD from Purdue University in 1991 and was a manufacturing engineer at Cummins and an Associate Professor at NC State University before joining the University of Michigan in 2003. He served in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office in 2017 and was the President of NAMRI SME in 2019-2020. Dr. Shih is a pioneer in biomedical manufacturing. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Scholar, SAE Teetor Educational Award, SME Taylor Research Medal and Education Award, and ASME Shaw Manufacturing Research, Blackall Machine Tool & Gage Award, and Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award. Professor Shih is the Fellow of ASME, SME, and CIRP.
Michael started volunteering with Victoria Hand Project when it was still a university research project, and has seen it grow across the world. Through his years with VHP, Michael has gotten a broad view of the organization as a volunteer, student intern, Biomedical Designer, the COO, and most recently taking on the role of CEO.
Samer Moussa has a background that merges design, clinical care, and business development of medical devices. With an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics and currently pursuing an MBA, he has transitioned from everyday clinical care as a CPO to working as a product manager with different medical device manufacturers. From adjustable prosthetic sockets with LIM Innovations to innovative off-the-shelf knee and spine devices with Breg and the latest venture with HP, Arize Orthotics which is a fully developed end-to-end solution for custom orthotics. Samer has been in the O&P industry for 10 years and his main passion is finding the right bridge between new technology and clinical pain points in a way that both businesses can strive.
Hans-Werner Schmidt studied Chemistry at the University of Mainz (Germany) and ETH Zürich (Switzerland). He received his Dr. rer. nat. degree in Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Mainz. After a stay at the DuPont Central Research in Wilmington, Delaware he moved to the University of Marburg to obtain his Habilitation. From 1989 to 1994 he was Assistant and Associate Professor of Materials with tenure at the Materials Department, College of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Since 1994 he is Full Professor for Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Bayreuth. He was Vice President for research at the University of Bayreuth and is founding director of the Bavarian Polymer Institute. He has many years of research experience in the development of polymer materials for emerging technologies. For over 10 years, he has been involved in the development of materials for additive manufacturing. As co-founder of the German based company PPprint, he is actively involved in the development of 3D printing materials for applications in medical technology.
Dr. Jenny Chen is trained as a neuroradiologist, and founder/CEO of 3DHEALS. Her main interests include next-generation education, 3D printing in the healthcare sector, automated biology, and artificial intelligence. She is an angel investor who invests in Pitch3D companies.