2018 Global Healthcare 3D Printing & Bio-printing Conference 🗓 🗺

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Approximately 300 attendees showed up in San Francisco for the two-day conference 3DHEALS2018. Many (10+ countries) have traveled afar from all corners of the world. The energy, vision, and passion felt among the attendees are undeniable.

Speaker Talk Summaries:

AJ Boydston, PhD
Chemists as Molecular Engineers: New Methods and Materials for 3D Printing
Chemists concern themselves with molecular-level bond making and bond breaking. In doing so, they control emergent properties of materials based upon structure-reactivity principles at the atomistic scale. Understanding the chemistry involved in 3D printing can empower teams of researchers to tailor property, form, and function with new materials developments. Additionally, inventing new chemical approaches to achieve or improve 3D printing can offer innovations to designers and users.
Alfonso (AJ) Perez, MEng
Raising money from VC: an entrepreneurs perspective
Alexis Dang, MD
Desktop Metal: Increasing access to 3D prints
Chaw Sing Ho, PhD
Perspective : 3D printing in Healthcare
3D Printing has come a long way since its early days as a tool for rapid prototyping. Today, its transformational role in the new economy is indisputable. Despite its great promise and early demonstrations, several hurdles remain for mass adoption, specifically in healthcare. In this presentation and discussion, we will share our perspectives in this journey – on connecting and harnessing our research, clinical and entrepreneur community to drive application-specific 3D printing development in biomedical and healthcare solutions. Some highlights on initiatives and outcomes, including notable start-ups, will be provided.
Erik Birkeneder, JD, MS
Day 1: Identifying and Protecting IP in 3D Printed Products
Learn how to mine your product and printing process for IP you may have overlooked in an interaction optional workshop. This includes identifying patentable features not only in your product but the printing process. Also learn to identify and protect your trade secrets that are quite vulnerable due to 3D printing’s digital data files.
Day 2: Office hours to discuss Identified IP
Erik will host office hours to discuss your IP questions, including any IP you may have identified in your products and 3D printing process during Day 1.
Hannah Riedle, MS
Physical soft tissue models for surgical simulation 3D printed directly with silicones
Janis Jatnieks
A virtual O&P clinic
We have been working with mass customization software for O&P specialists over the last 2 years. We spent time and money talking with CPOs and workshops to understand what exactly are they looking for. Their answers in a summary were: give us an easy to use software that can reduce the specialists time in front of the computer and give me fast results. We delivered, but ever since we have had hard time to get the usage rates up. Having taken a step back over the past 12 months we have understood that the key is not to provide the perfect software solution to a workshop which is not using digital processes – the key is in how you help them to kick off digital manufacturing without heavy financial and human resource investments. I believe we now have the answer – a Virtual O&P Clinic.
Jeff Huber
Design Automation in O&P
Custom interfaces are a core part of O&P and yet they are extremely time consuming to make. Jeff Huber from Standard Cyborg will share tools it has developed to streamline and automate the workflow seamlessly weaving in the computer and the practitioner.
Jeffrey Miner, PhD
Viscient Biosciences, a 3D drug discovery engine
Viscient Biosciences LLC is an early stage biotech startup focused on exploiting the advantages of 3D cell culture disease models for drug discovery and development.
Jerry Evans, MASc, MBA
‘3D Printing – Using Technology for a Higher Purpose’
How Nia Technologies Inc. (Nia) is leveraging 3D printing to increase the efficiency of P&O device production in resource poor countries. The hope is that Nia’s innovations will allow existing orthopaedic workshops to help more people.
Jesse Courtier, MD
Extending the reach of 3-D medical imaging
How augmented reality can complement 3-D printing for pre-surgical planning and it’s current and potential future applications.
Karsten Schlichter
Enhanced solutions for personalized health care applications with Silicone Elastomers Additive Manufacturing
Manufacturers of long-term medical implants use silicone ingredients and formulations to make a wide range of products, such as tubing and drains, drug delivery systems, pacemakers, vaginal rings and audiology applications. Silicones used in long-term implants must always be biocompatible, reliable, precise, flexible and durable, efficiently ensuring the protection of sensitive components from corrosive body fluids.
Khalid Rafi, PhD
Key Regulatory Concerns for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices
Additive Manufacturing technology has made a significant impact on multiple industry sectors and the medical sector is no exception. Commercialization of medical devices made through AM is gaining momentum because of the confidence entrusted by recent developments in associated software, materials and equipment. Other innovations in the AM medical space also indicate an upward growth trend. Though the future looks very promising, challenges specific to the use of AM as a reliable production method within the medical sector must be addressed.
Markus Reiterer, PhD
Will bioengineered tissues and organs solve the donor organ problem?
Michael Scherer, DMD MS APC
Envisioning the Digital Dentistry Practice of Yesterday, Today, and the Future
Mayra Vasques, PhD
International Panel: Challenges & Opportunities in the Brazilian Dental Market
How we are building a positive environment in the 3D dental market in Brazil, presenting its challenges and opportunities through a case.
Dental Panel: Using low cost workflow to develop dental appliances
To present how alternatives to digital workflow in dentistry will allow more professionals to start using 3D printing technology.
Melanie Matheu, PhD
Bioprinting with living materials: How do we get from Tissues to Organs?
Melanie Matheu, PhD founded Prellis Biologics in late 2016 with the mission to bring a new method of 3D printing into the forefront of bioprinting. Bioprinting has fallen short in the face of building high-resolution tissues for transplantation and the blood vessels that support them. Dr. Matheu he and her team have reverse engineered a non-toxic cell and tissue imaging system to print with light, building fine tissue structures that contain cells and function like native tissues. Her talk will cover the critical elements involved in bioprinting a human tissue and how her team is solving these problems.
Nabeel Cajee, DDS
3D Technologies Changing Dentistry; the Past, Present, & Future
For more than two decades, Dentistry has been in the middle of a digital revolution. From the introduction of CAD/CAM applications in the 1980s, to 3D Printing ramping up today, and the Virtual Reality developments of tomorrow, we will explore the journey of how various 3D technologies are impacting the practice of dentistry and opening amazing treatment possibilities for patients.
Nick Dechev
Deployment of 3D Printed Hand Prosthesis in Low-Income Countries
Use of 3D printing, 3D scanning and 3D computer aided design technology for provision of upper-limb prosthetic devices to amputees in low-to-middle income countries. Victoria Hand Project engineers create novel upper-limb prosthesis designs at our base in Victoria, Canada. Those designs are then deployed worldwide, using our scalable approach to produce customized prostheses directly within the countries where they are needed. We provide equipment and on-ground training for our LMIC partners (print staff and clinical professionals). With the Victoria Hand, amputees can regain function, improve their quality of life, and may have better access to employment opportunities.
Nima Massoomi, DMD, MD
3D printing and Robotics, and how its revolutionizing Oral Surgical Procedures
Dr. Massoomi will take people through the process of how 3D printing has evolved my practice in reducing errors, and improving outcomes, in addition to decreasing surgery times and getting the patient to the end result much quicker and sometime in the same day.
Oscar Hedin, MSc
Metal 3D Printing in the Medical Industry
While 3D printing is already disrupting certain areas in medical device manufacturing, several challenges remain before it can become a widely adopted production technology. In his talk, Mr. Hedin will address some of the key challenges and opportunities of metal 3D printing in the medical industry, from designing materials and applications for AM to building a reliable and scalable supplier base.
Paul D’Urso, MD
Spinal BioModelling: my experience of 680 cases from 1994-2018
Robert Wesley, MS
3D Printing in A Multi-Center Network
The Washington University Medical Campus has a history of 3D printing from outsourcing pediatric heart models, to in-house craniomaxillofacial models, to developing myoelectric prosthetic hands for children. After several years of effort, the campus has unified its resources into one centralized program dedicated to providing transformational care for patients across the Washington University and BJC Healthcare enterprise and beyond. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the 3D Printing Center at Washington University Medical Campus workflow.
Safa Herfat, PhD
Evaluation of 3D Technologies for Medical Humanitarian Applications
Samuel Wadswort, PhD
Sam will be discussing Aspect’s unique technology and will describe how this has the potential to revolutionise the fields of pharmaceutical drug development, disease research, personalised and regenerative medicine by providing living human tissues on demand.
Sang Joon Park, PhD
Workflow trends for medical 3D printing: Examples of clinical trial and application
The safe and effective practice of surgery requires an intimate knowledge of anatomy. A thorough understanding of human anatomy empowers medical doctors to plan a suitable approach, predict possible complications, prepare necessary equipment, and properly counsel the patient. Recently, medical 3D printing technologies have been used for scientific discoveries to develop practical applications in clinical medicine. In this lecture, we we’ll talk about current and future of workflow trends for medical 3D printing including fundamental knowledge with various applications in medical fields.
Sean Boatright
3D Printing in Private Practice in O&P
Scanning of patient’s extremities and 3D printing orthopedic devices is becoming increasingly more common place in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics.  iPads and laptops are beginning to replace plaster bandage and sculpting hand tools.  It has taken time but over the past few years my confidence in both the scanning and modeling process has increased to a point where I have all but eliminated hand casting my amputee patients.  I have come across certain challenges and limitations that come from 3D printing.  However, the materials and software that are becoming available to our field to produce these orthotic and prosthetic devices are rapidly improving.  Using these newer techniques allow practitioners to design extremely creative sockets or orthoses without having to waste an enormous amount of time and materials.
Shannon Walters
Building a 3DP Lab within Radiology
A look into the challenges and opportunities in building a 3DP Lab in radiology. A brief discussion of the past, present, and future of Stanford 3DQ Lab’s involvement in 3D Printing.
Shashi Jain, MBA, MS
Achieving Customization at Scale with IoT
3D Printing promised a fundamental change in the way we manufacture goods. We’re starting to see an inkling of disruption in Body-worn devices such as prosthetics, orthotics, etc. In this talk, we’ll see how the intersection of 3D Printing and Internet of Things will drive friction out of design and manufacture of custom medical devices. We’ll go over a case study Intel conducted with the UNYQ Align scoliosis brace.
Tatiana Kelil, MD
Application of 3D printing in breast cancer management
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Breast reconstruction is an integral part of breast cancer management and has been shown to positively impact the patient’s psychosocial adjustment and quality of life. Current methods used to determine the volume and contour of the flap or implant used for reconstruction are subjective and usually inaccurate. That inaccuracy means secondary procedures are often required to improve symmetry. Volumetric analysis of breast through the use of 3D reconstruction and 3D printed models allow improved accuracy in preoperative planning and operative flap harvest. 3D printing can also be used to create patient-specific brachytherapy templates and customized radiotherapy shields and boluses, which allow homogeneous distribution of radiation dose to the targeted area while sparing adjacent normal tissues. This presentation will discuss how 3D printing is poised to revolutionize breast reconstruction surgery and radiation therapy and play an important role in providing personalized care to patients.
Todd Maiden, JD LLM
This presentation will introduce key regulatory concerns for medical devices manufactured through AM processes. Although regulatory pathways for AM medical devices are the same as conventionally produced parts, additional considerations are needed to meet regulatory requirements. This is due to elements in the AM process chain such as 3D design model development and translation, raw material, process and environmental conditions, post-processing, cleaning, sterilization and packing, could introduce variables that have a profound influence on the quality of the final part. The discussion also highlight process control methods that need to be in place to ensure repeatability and reproducibility for Additively Manufactured medical devices.