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iNEMI, SMTA, MEPTEC and OregonBio to Co-Host Medical Electronics Symposium

Mar 27, 2014

The 9th Annual Medical Electronics Symposium will be held at Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon, on September 18-19, 2014. SMTA, iNEMI, MEPTEC and OregonBio have joined forces to host this year’s international symposium, which will focus on advances in electronic technologies and advanced manufacturing, specifically targeting medical and bioscience applications.

The 2014 Symposium is co-chaired by Chuck Richardson of the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) and Don Banks of St. Jude Medical. They are currently assembling the Technical Program Committee with respected industry thought leaders.

The preliminary agenda includes four industry keynotes with 36 speakers across three simultaneous tracks:

Track 1:  Components and Designs for Higher Density Functionalities

This track will focus on advances in electronics components and designs that can make current medical electronics ever more miniaturized with more functionality and at lower power. The trend in consumer electronics is driving more capabilities in smaller, more mobile products, while the medical field is pursuing a parallel path with mobile healthcare products (both implanted and external), particularly for chronic disease management. Medical components and products are constantly challenged by the need to dramatically lower cost of care while also improving patient outcomes.

Track 2:  Solutions for Best-in-Class Assembly and Volume Manufacturing

This track will focus on critical methods and protocols to ensure that the production of Class II and III medical electronics is conducted in the most effective, efficient and quality-controlled way with full traceability and zero defects. Medical devices are the subject of ever-expanding global regulatory scrutiny, as well as deeper reimbursement price pressures and new taxation (in the US). The true costs of any lapse in quality can be enormous and the industry continues to seek better ways to ensure perfection in medical device design and manufacturing at lower costs. Manufacturing automation and stringent supply chain controls are relevant topics.

Track 3:  Next-Generation Microelectronics for Changing Healthcare Markets

This track will focus on advances in next-generation, revolutionary microelectronics for medical devices and applications that solve technology challenges and are aligned with solutions for new healthcare models. Technologies such as wireless body area networks, stretchable electronics, biosensors embedded in drugs, microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) may be discussed.

Call for Abstracts

Organizers are currently accepting abstracts for the three tracks. The deadline for submission is May 2. Anyone interested in presenting at this event can submit an abstract at

Sponsorships & Exhibitions

The conference will include an exhibition area featuring more than 30 tabletop displays that will be open during conference breaks plus after hours. There are also numerous opportunities for sponsorships. For more information about exhibiting please contact Patti Coles, SMTA, at or 952-920-7682; and for sponsorship information please contact Gina Edwards, MEPTEC at or call 408-858-5493.

For the latest information about the 2014 Medical Electronics Symposium, go to

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) is an industry-led international consortium made up of approximately 100 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. Its mission is to forecast and accelerate improvements in the electronics manufacturing industry for a sustainable future. For additional information, go to

The Microelectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council (MEPTEC) is a trade association of semiconductor suppliers and manufacturers dedicated to enhancing and advancing the competitiveness of packaging, assembly and test providers.

The Oregon Bioscience Association (OregonBio) is the leading voice for Oregon's bioscience industry. Its mission is to cultivate a thriving bioscience industry in Oregon through advocacy, member support, energizing business formation and industry expansion, targeted workforce training and networking. Its members include a broad range of organizations and entrepreneurs involved in research, commercialization and advanced manufacturing of bioscience technologies.

The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

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