Being held on 22-23 September 2010 in Galway, the Medtec Ireland Exposition will showcase representatives from every supplier category for the medical design and manufacturing sector.
The event for the medical device industry will feature: an exposition that represents an A to Z of Ireland's research and manufacturing suppliers; the Medtec Ireland Conference; a series of workshops; and - new for this year - the Medical Device Innovation and Technology Forum.
These concurrent events are designed to provide visitors with insights into current thinking and best-in-class strategies across the medical device research, design and manufacturing spectrum.
The Medtec Ireland Exposition will showcase: packaging equipment, materials and services; contract manufacturing/sub-contracting; testing and inspection equipment; raw materials; assembly, automation and manufacturing equipment; design engineering and research and development services; regulatory consulting; and electronics.
The two-day conference programme will cover all the topics in terms of EU regulations, providing delegates with a thorough understanding of the requirements, procedures and impact for developing and marketing medical devices in the European Union.
The conference programme embraces, for example, device classification, medical trials, the IMB process of review for clinical investigations, labelling and packaging, the role of Standards and Notified Bodies and the unique regulatory aspects of IVDs.
Also being staged over two days - and, importantly, presenting advice on harnessing support from Enterprise Ireland and the Health Research Board - the Medical Device Innovation and Technology Forum will showcase the latest research and development in Irish academia.
Some of the subjects under discussion include: stroke prevention during the carotid angioplasty and stenting surgical intervention; bridging the gap between PLM and change management; virtual reality for visualisation of complex macro-structure; the selection and specification of medical materials; new polymer coating technology for cardiovascular devices; the commercialisation of nucleic acid diagnostics technologies; and the challenges in designing against fatigue failure in nitinol devices.
The workshops at Medtec Ireland will include updates and use of ISO 10993 Part 1, batch-release testing, performance testing, the new directive for clinical evaluation, the fundamental requirements for design and process validation, plus integrating risk management.