Material Needs for Medical Devices
In the last two decades, tremendous progress has been made in the field of bioactive and biomimetic materials, and in understanding natural/biologic materials. On the other hand, most of the medical devices that improve people’s lives—pacemakers, cardiac stents, heart valves, and large joint replacements—utilize a fairly small set of conventional materials that are subjected to traditional problems in materials science. Due to the extremely high reliability goals, complex use conditions, and long implant durations, it is often very difficult to accurately predict product performance. This track includes topics covering the control and prediction of fatigue, corrosion, tribology, wound care, biostability, biocompatibility of implants, and complex medical devices. Contributions on metals, ceramics, polymers, and multi-material systems are welcome.
Track Chair: Markus Reiterer, Medtronic, PLC, USA