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Wednesday, June 26 • 10:15am - 4:45pm
Medical Sensors Design Theater

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Leading players in the medical space will examine their latest technologies and developments. Free for all attendees on the Expo Floor!


Wearable and Remote Patient Monitoring: Pitfalls of Medically Accurate Measurements
Walt Maclay / President / Voler Systems
Walt Maclay covers common bio-sensors used in wearables for remote patient monitoring and how to get medically accurate measurements. Measuring EKG -- Measurement points have to be rather far apart (at least 1½ inches on the chest). That’s a significant issue if the device is too small. It’s particularly difficult to measure EKG on the wrist. Heart rate -- Heart rate is simple to implement in theory, but difficult to measure on the wrist. Measuring the electrical EKG signal requires good contact with the skin, which can be difficult. A more reliable technique is pulse plethysmography or PPG, but there are two types, and the one that is most reliable only works on the fingers or the ears.

Still on Track to Revolutionize Wearable Healthcare?
Andrew Baker / Managing Director of the Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit / Maxim Integrated
With a lot of hype around wearables and their potential to disrupt healthcare, the industry is still far from realizing its full potential. Current wearables are still mired with technical & cost challenges, aren't yet relied upon for monitoring health, and still cannot distinguish between walking & driving. Similarly, attaining accurate heart rate monitoring on the wrist has been a challenge. Attendees will gain insight into creating wearables for prevention, early detection & chronic disease monitoring, collecting biometric data, and personalized, continuous monitoring.

Improving Healthcare: Integrating Flow Sensors in Medical Applications
Ryan Fitzpatrick / Key Account Manager, Medical / Sensirion
Sensirion is Swiss based sensor solutions company dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone. We will take a customer centric approach while pushing innovation to enable the next generation of smart medical devices in ventilation, infusion sets, and inhalers.

The Smallest Passive Sensor in the World
Henrich Tauber / Business Developer / RVmagnetics
RVmagnetics has developed the smallest passive sensor of physical quantities based on micro-wires. Sensor wirelessly measures physical quantities (temperature, mechanical stress, torsion, pull, position, magnetic field and more), using one interface. They can be mixed in many materials and used in many areas: Internet of Things, Structural Health Monitoring, Constructions, Biomedical Applications. Customisable solution. RVmagnetics is looking for other application partners who can adopt the sensors.

Smarter Devices Enabled by MEMS Pressure Sensors
Valor Thomas / OEM Business Development Manager / Millar
Consider the knowledge unleashed when innovative medical devices are enabled with MEMS pressure sensing capabilities. What is the potential impact on decision making, device optimization or targeted drug delivery? This session explores the potential applications that can benefit from added pressure sensing capabilities, what device companies need to consider when selecting a sensor for performance and longevity, as well as challenges and timelines to consider during the integration process.

Magnetoresistive components for Medical Devices
Joseph Davies Ph.D. / Program Manager & Senior Physicist / NVE Corporation
Magnetic sensors play an important role in medical applications. For wearables, reduction of size and power are extremely important as well as detection of a wide range of fields. To this end NVE has introduced several new solutions including nanopower switches, high field sensors and smart magnetometers. This talk will highlight these products in the context of medical device applications.

Better Living Through Measuring Body Movement
Tim Mannchen / Business Development Manager-EAP / Parker Hannifin
Parker's Electroactive Polymer (EAP) Sensing Technology is being customized to fit client applications in health care, industry and athletics. EAP sensors enable wearable tech to deliver medical grade measurements of human body movement for applications in remote monitoring of chronic disease, orthopedics, fall reduction, workplace safety and more. Learn how Parker applies its vast IP portfolio and development capabilities to manipulate its sensing platform to turn innovative ideas into reality.

Sensors Address Critical Healthcare Needs
Pete Smith / Sr. Manager, Sensor Product Knowledge & Training / TE Connectivity
Many key trends in healthcare have increased the need for sensors to not only monitor patient conditions but also link to centralized data systems to help medical personnel make more informed decisions. Simultaneously, the healthcare industry is seeking to better manage costs while improving patient outcomes. From devices that serve to lower hospital readmission rates, to cost-effective solutions that serve remote patients, sensors are at the heart of changing healthcare dynamics.

Miniaturizing Medical Infrared Temperature Sensors: On the Verge of Massive Adoption
Dr. Joris Roels / Marketing Manager Temperature Sensors / Melexis
Contactless infrared temperature sensors are used widely for medical applications such as forehead and ear thermometers, but size, cost and accuracy hinder wide spread adoption in wearables, portable and consumer applications. In this session the challenges and solutions towards miniaturization are discussed. Finally we deep dive into potential applications for miniaturized medical grade infrared sensors.

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Andrew Baker

Managing Director of the Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated
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Joseph Davies Ph.D.

Program Manager & Senior Physicist, NVE Corporation
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Ryan Fitzpatrick

Key Account Manager, Medical, Sensirion
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Walt Maclay

President, Voler Systems
Mr. Maclay, President and founder of Voler Systems in 1979, now one of the top electronic design firms in Silicon Valley, is committed to delivering quality electronic products that are easy to manufacture. Voler Systems provides design, development, risk assessment, and verification... Read More →
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Tim Mannchen

Business Development Manager-EAP, Parker Hannifin
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Joris Roels

Marketing Manager, Melexis
Dr. Joris Roels received both his master and PhD degree in electrical engineering from Ghent University and became an expert in the field of optical MEMS through his PhD research for which he received both the Barco High Tech Award for Scientific Research and the IEEE graduate student... Read More →
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Pete Smith

Sr. Manager, Sensor Product Knowledge & Training, TE Connectivity
Pete Smith is the Sr Manager, Sensor Product Knowledge and Training at TE Connectivity (TE) Sensor Solutions. With 47 years of experience in the design, manufacturing, and sales of high-tech consumer and industrial products, Pete has wide-ranging expertise in all aspects of product... Read More →
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Henrich Tauber

Business Developer, RVmagnetics
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Valor Thomas

OEM Business Development Manager, Millar

Wednesday June 26, 2019 10:15am - 4:45pm PDT
Expo Floor