ADMET was one of the sponsors of Plastics in Medical Devices held at UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center in Lowell, MA on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. The conference was co-organized by the SPE Medical Plastics Division, the ENE SPE Section and the UML Plastics Engineering Department.

UMASS sponsor sign   ADMET Logo
The conference was focused on all aspects of Plastics and their use in the manufacture of medical devices. Attendees were engineers, scientists, and business professionals. 12 Guest Speakers presented information. Some of the speakers are listed below.

  • Trends for Plastics in Medical Devices, Len Czuba, LC Enterprise Inc.
  • High Performance Polymers for Medical Device Applications by Jeff Smith, Evonik LLC
  • Hydrogel Catheter Design by Scott Epstein, Q Urological Corporation
  • Plastics Technology for Minimally Invasive Medical Devices by Dan Lazas, PolyMedex Discovery Group.
  • Application Testing for Medical Devices, Tao Xu, Exponent LLC
  • What Healthcare Customers Really Want from Material Suppliers by Steve Schelgel, PolyOne.
  • Copolyesters in Medical Devices by Scott Hanson, Eastman Chemical

The presentations covered a wide range of topics; science, manufacture and production, business, healthcare reform, and the issues facing plastics’ companies in the medical devices industry.

M2D2 sign

Steve Tello From UMASS Lowell, M2D2- Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, gave a presentation during lunch focusing on the business aspects of getting started in the medical device industry. According to a recent post, the M2D2 program in its first eighteen months of operation has helped 23 start-up companies and entrepreneurs bridge the gap between invention and production of new medical devices. We all enjoyed his presentation.

Deb at table at UMASS

ADMET was a sponsor and exhibited their eXpert 7601, 1kN, single column testing system as well as running many testing videos showing various raw materials and finished devices being tested. Attendees loved the small footprint of the ADMET testing system and the flexible, MTESTQuattro, software interface used to control the testing frame. Many of the common plastic, rubber, and film ASTM standards, including ASTM D624, D1414, D412, F88, D882, Syringe test, and more.

The conference was well organized and everyone who attended was satisfied with the program. UMASS Lowell is planning more of this type of conference in the future. Stay tuned…

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