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PLANS FOR MDT 2001 ARE UNVEILED

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Pressbox (Press Release) - 22nd November 2000
PLANS FOR MDT 2001 ARE UNVEILED
One of the UK¡¦s most successful inventors, Trevor Baylis OBE, creator of the clockwork radio, will explain what makes a good inventor, during day one of the Medical Device Technology 2001 European Conference which is being held at NEC, Birmingham, UK 14-15 February.

Now in its 8th year, the Conference, running alongside a major exhibition and supported by the Association of British Health-care Industries (ABHI), is Europe¡¦s fastest growing medical device event. Co-located with six other relevant shows, it is expected to attract over 3000 senior decision-makers.

Many will be attracted by the Conference alone where talks by 43 industry experts including organisations as wide ranging as 3i, GloMediX, KPMG and Baxter Healthcare Corporation will address the latest materials, design, manufacturing, new technology and finance issues impacting on the world¡¦s US$121 billion medical device industry.

Conference Highlights
„h Trevor Baylis believes that it is better to be paranoid when it comes to protecting your ideas, so it is fitting that the Conference will cover ¡¥protecting intellectual property¡¦ through a talk by Ceri Delemore, Partner at Edwards Geldard Solicitors.

„h ¡¥When and where to raise funds ¡V who has floated this year and why they were successful¡¦ will be covered by Antony Ross, Director 3i plc. Whilst Ron Masefield Director, KPMG Peat Marwick will deliver a speech tantalisingly entitled ¡¥free money¡¦.

„h Every year trillions of dollars are spent globally on R&D but only a fraction of this is ever commercialised. Michael Edelman Vice President & Managing Director Yet2.com Europe will show how the internet could help the medical device industry address this, by unveiling a global forum for buying and selling technology.

„h In a major study among 106 top device manufacturers, the organisers of MDT 2001 found that 16% of the innovations which manufacturers said could transform their business were materials related. So it is fitting that both days of the conference will have a range of talks dedicated to new materials. For instance ¡¥materials with three-dimensional microstructured surfaces¡¦ will be reviewed by Dr Jim Stoesz, laboratory manager of 3M Medical Specialities. Whilst during a raft of PVC related talks, preliminary results from a Danish study looking for alternatives to phthalates in PVC-based medical devices will be unveiled by Ole Grondahl Hansen, General Manager, PVC Information Council.

„h Another major stream of talks at MDT 2001 will cover new advances in design & manufacturing. Here ¡¥polymers and flexible hybrid assembly techniques for implantable, active microdevices¡¦ will be considered by Professor Jorg-Uwe Meyer, Head of Department Sensor Systems/Microsystems, Fraunhofer IBMT. Whilst Mark Stalker, Interaction Designer at Cambridge Consultants will look at user-centric design, how to understand user behaviour and accommodating users with different levels of competence.

The Conference will run alongside a major exhibition where over 130 key suppliers to medical device and in-vitro diagnostic manufacturers will be showcasing their latest developments. This will include five major product launches. All supply sectors will be represented from materials, pump and valves, packaging, CAE, mould making and adhesives through to sterilisation, filtration, thermoforming, testing & calibration, QA/QC, components assembly systems and in-vitro diagnostic products.

The exhibitors will include: Acutek, 3M Health Care, International Adhesives Research, AEA Technology, American Plastics Technologies Inc, Bibby Sterilin, Dow Chemical Company, Delcam, Perfecseal, Promepla, Vision Engineering, Stable Micro Systems, Strain Measurement Devices, Vetter Inkjet Systems GmbH and Remmele Engineering.

Furthermore, visitors to MDT 2001 will be able to visit free of charge its co-located shows - 3C Contamination Control and Cleanroom Products, Practical Vacuum, IPOT, Machine Vision, Machine Building, Sensors, Measurement & Instrumentation (MTEC).

For more information about the event contact Clare Jefferies on 020 8987 0934 or email:cjefferies@advanstar.com or visit www.mdtevents.com.

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