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Smart Devices: Expanding the Value and Relevancy of your Designs with Sensors and Microelectronics

STRATEGY SESSION ROOM  | Wednesday, June 13 | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Speaker: Deborah Munro, D.Eng., President, Munro Medical


    While all attendees will benefit from this session, the check marks indicate the skill level and roles that this session targets.
    √ Beginner  |   Intermediate  |  √ Advanced

   √ Manufacturing
√ Product Management
 Quality Control
 Regulatory/Clinical Affairs
√ Research/Development/Design
 Supply Chain Management



Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) or sensors stand to infiltrate orthopaedics as device manufacturers seek to add functionalities and capabilities that provide feedback to surgeons during the operation, as well as diagnostic information on patient outcomes afterward. To capitalize on this paradigm shift, now is the time to learn how to incorporate MEMS into your next design projects. This presentation will provide a step-by-step method, describing the MEMS fabrication process and ways to navigate working in a public facility. It will also cover intellectual property and privacy issues.

Attendee Takeaways

  1. Understand how MEMS work and its potential applications
  2. Understand how to build a MEMS device
  3. Availability of technology in public laboratories nationwide
  4. Intellectual property guidance and considerations 



Munro 200x200Deborah Munro is the President of Munro Medical, a biomedical research and consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. She has worked in the orthopaedic medical device field for almost 20 years and holds numerous patents, mostly in the area of spinal fusion. Dr. Munro has over 25 years of experience in mechanical and biomedical engineering. She taught mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Portland for eight years, where she also founded a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering program. Her current interests include developing new medical device solutions for companies and assisting them in their regulatory compliance efforts.


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