April 23-26, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, TX | Exhibits April 24-26

Medical Manufacturing Innovations


Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing and Bioprinting

From manufacturing of end-use surgical devices and personalized implants, to bone scaffolds and functioning organ replacements, additive manufacturing/3D printing is truly changing lives. At the conference, you will find in-depth sessions covering design and manufacture of implants, dental devices, tissues, and more using a variety of additive technologies.

With medical/biomedical being one of the fastest growing application areas of additive manufacturing, MMI will expand the medical focus at RAPID + TCT 2017.

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MMI Keynote & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 10 | 8:00 am – 9:45 am

KEYNOTE: New Materials for 3D Printing in Medicine: What’s Next is Closer than You Think

Personalized care enabled by additive manufacturing is already making an impact in medicine.  With recent advances in functional biomaterials development for 3D printing, what’s next may be closer than you think. Dr. Ramille Shah and her team have developed an extensive range of tunable 3D printable biomedical material platforms, including cell-containing (bioprinting) and non-cell-containing inks that provide a wider variety of options for complex soft and hard tissue engineering applications. This work has already shown promise for creating a functional ovary bioprosthesis with the potential to restore and preserve fertility and hormone function in pediatric cancer survivors, a synthetic Hyperelastic “Bone” material with unique properties that allow for scalable, surgically friendly bone-defect repair, electrically conductive 3D-Graphene for nerve and muscle regeneration, and more. Dr. Shah will describe the new biomaterial platforms that have led to these exciting developments and recent efforts to establish an in-hospital, GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) approved biomaterial 3D printing center. She will be joined by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Sue Jordan, to share some of the ongoing, impactful work and discuss its potential to improve and even save lives.

Ramille Shah
Ramille Shah, PhD
Northwestern University
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Prof. Ramille Shah earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in MSE with a specialty in Biomaterials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a research focus on gene-supplemented collagen scaffolds for musculoskeletal tissue engineering. In 2006, she returned to Northwestern as a postdoctoral fellow at the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology focusing on self-assembling nanomaterials for regenerative medicine. In September 2009, she started her tenure-track faculty position with a joint appointment in the Departments of MSE and Surgery at Northwestern. Her research involves the development and characterization of new functional material inks that that are compatible with room temperature extrusion based 3D printing for both biomedical (e.g. complex tissue and organ engineering) and non-biomedical (e.g. energy and advanced structural) applications. Her group also focuses on understanding how 3D material ink processes and composition influence printability, as well as the properties and functionality of the resulting 3D-printed constructs. Her work has been published in various high impact journals, as well as featured in Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine and other major national and international media outlets. She is also a founder of Dimension Inx, LLC, a startup that focuses on the translation and commercialization of the 3D printable ink technologies developed in her lab.


Sue Jordan
Sue Jordan, MD, PhD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
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Sumanas W. Jordan, MD, PhD, is a chief resident in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northwestern University. She earned her MD/PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010 with a focus on bio-inspired interfaces for vascular grafts. For the past several years, she has performed numerous studies evaluating bioactive and 3D printed materials in musculoskeletal defects in animal models and has clinical expertise in treating patients needing major reconstructive surgery. Dr. Jordan will discuss the potential for 3D-printing to solve complex, functional, reconstructive problems, particularly in the face and hands.


PANEL: Medical 3D Printing Applications—Growth Beyond Surgical Guides

MODERATOR: Sue Jordan, MD PhD, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
PANELISTS: Ramille Shah, PhD, Northwestern University; Carlos Carvalho, EnvisionTec; William Wagner, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; Fried Vancraen, Founder and CEO, Materialise 

With anatomical models and surgical guides closer to standards of care, and device manufacturers taking advantage of the unique structures additive manufacturing can build, new applications are growing in the biomaterials area. Panelists will discuss some of these applications, the developments making them possible, the similarities and differences between 3D printing with biomaterials and bioprinting, and expectations for impacting patient care.


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