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Biomechanical Pros and Cons of Your Manufacturing Options:
Coatings, Surface Technologies and Additive Manufacturing

When: Thursday, June 13 | 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 
Where: Coatings Tech Center | 
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Participant Type: Research & Development, Regulatory/Clinical Affairs, Quality Control, Manufacturing



Numerous design factors affect mechanical behavior at the bone interface.
New surface technologies and coatings, as well as implant design characteristics, will be discussed with respect to the advantages or disadvantages they pose to the bone interface response. The emphasis of the presentation will be to assess the surface structure and/or implant design structure’s contribution toward osseointegration, mechanotransduction and biomechanical stability, providing researchers, engineers and regulatory professionals with critical considerations for their next devices.


  • Understand bone interface biomechanics and the way that surface structures can enhance or inhibit interface responses
  • Gain knowledge of mechanotransduction and how surface structures or coatings can influence this response


Lisa Ferrara, Ph.D., is Owner and President of OrthoKinetic Technologies, a medical device regulatory consulting firm and OrthoKinetic Testing Technologies, a medical device test facility.
Academically, she held a joint appointment for the Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she founded the Spine Research Laboratory and served as the Director until 2003. During her 25 years of academic research, Dr. Ferrara has authored more than 50 technical publications, 25 book chapters, has been granted multiple patents and given over 60 invited presentations on novel technologies, biomaterials, nanotechnology and nanomedicine, musculoskeletal and spinal biomechanics, additive manufacturing and regulatory strategies. She was appointed Chairperson for the North American Spine Society Surgical Engineering Section Committee and serves on multiple healthcare advisory boards and the Southeastern Regional Biotechnology Advisory Board for North Carolina.