Devices & Diagnostics

Plastics in Medical Devices conference coming to Cleveland

This post is sponsored by Plastics in Medical Devices. Cleveland soon will host the North American debut of an established European conference focused on how plastics are enabling the design and development of the next generation of advanced medical devices. The event kicks off April 12 with a pair of concurrent afternoon workshops at LaCentre […]

This post is sponsored by Plastics in Medical Devices.

Cleveland soon will host the North American debut of an established European conference focused on how plastics are enabling the design and development of the next generation of advanced medical devices. The event kicks off April 12 with a pair of concurrent afternoon workshops at LaCentre in Westlake, followed by a full conference program April 13-14.

The event’s organizer, Crain Communications Inc.’s Akron-based Plastics News Global Group, chose to import its Plastics in Medical Devices conference from Brussels to tap into both Northeast Ohio’s growing high-tech medical business and the state’s stature as the nation’s second-largest maker of plastic products.

“The market research we did to assess the need for this event revealed a strong interest for a highly targeted U.S. conference that took a deep dive into the role that plastics can play in tomorrow’s Class I and Class II devices,” said Robert Grace, Plastics News editor, associate publisher and conference director. “It also suggested Northeast Ohio as the ideal location for such an event — so here we are,” he said, noting that the response so far has validated their approach.

In addition to 33 speakers, more than 150 already have registered to attend, including officials from India, Europe and across the United States, and some 30 companies also will have exhibits on-site. (View a partial sampling of attendees to date.)

Plastics in Medical Devices 2010 aims to bring together all segments of the supply chain under one roof for two intensive days. Participants will include polymer and equipment suppliers, product designers, plastics processors, medical-device makers and pharmaceutical company end-users. Numerous Ohio companies are providing speakers, including the Cleveland Clinic, Battelle, NAMSA, Frantz Medical, PMC, Balance Product Development, Benesch Friedlander and US Endoscopy, as well as multinationals such as AstraZeneca, Glaxo, Johnson & Johnson, and many more.

Workshop registration is $395, the two-day conference costs $895, and the rate for both the workshop and conference is $1,095. Register now, or view program and sponsorship details at www.plasticsinmedicaldevices.com.

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