April 15-18, 2019

18th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference
Graduate Minneapolis & McNamara Alumni Center
Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota’s Medical Devices Center (part of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine), the College of Science and Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering presents the 18th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, April 15-18, 2019. The world's largest medical device conference will be held at Graduate Minneapolis & McNamara Alumni Center, located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. The DMD Conference brings together medical device designers, manufacturers, researchers and representatives from academia and the public sector.

Conference Goals

  • Provide a national forum to bring together world-class medical device designers, researchers, manufacturers, and the public sector to share perspectives and innovations in medical device design,
  • Showcase the University of Minnesota as a leader in the medical device community, and
  • Raise funds from corporate sponsorship to support medical device education at the University of Minnesota
Call for Papers

The DMD 2019 Conference seeks original papers that demonstrate new technologies and applications in the field of medical device design. Submissions from academic and industry researchers, clinicians and practitioners are encouraged. Papers should present an unbiased description of an experiment, product or business method related to medical devices. Repeated references to branded products or trade names, or excessive use of corporate logos or trademarks in illustrations is discouraged. Authors of contributed papers are likely to be asked to serve as reviewers.

A number of papers will be selected to be presented in one of the Advances in Medical Devices sessions and ten papers, describing medical device designs with a potential for commercialization, will be invited for participation in the Three-in-Five Competition.

All accepted papers will be published in the 2019 Proceedings of the Design of Medical Devices Conference in the ASME Digital Collection. DMD Conference registration and presentation of the paper in the conference poster session is required for publication of the paper.

High-quality accepted papers will be flagged in the review process and those authors will be invited to submit a longer version of their work for publication in the ASME Journal of Medical Devices. These papers will undergo an expedited review process, handled by the JMED editors.

November 1, 2018 - Draft Papers Due


Registration opens January 1, 2019! Early Bird Deadline is March 10. Complete registration information can be found at

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The mission of the Design of Medical Devices conference is to facilitate collaboration between academia and industry. Exhibit Space is limited. Deadline to sponsor is March 1, 2019. To learn more, contact Jenny Holden, Conference Administrator at

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October 23-25, 2019

14th Annual FDA Inspections Summit
Bethesda, MD

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Testimonials From Past Attendees:

“Great discussion and knowledgeable panel. I enjoyed having the FDA give examples in their own words…”

“The panels were great. Very informative and great discussions.”

“Great and interesting sessions. Great panel discussions and attendee participation.”

“I certify this Summit a success.”

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Training Programs

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April 24, 2019

A CenterWatch Webinar

Clinical Trial Billing Documentation Best Practices: Optimize Reimbursement

11:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

Medicare regulations. FDA guidance. Industry best practices. If you administer a clinical trial, you’re aware that billing and reimbursement are key to the overall and bottom line success of your trial.

Your need to know the nuances for optimizing your reimbursement including documenting medical necessity, notating exactly what treatment was provided, correctly coding for services covered and conducting an annual review of your key research documents.

Learn documentation best practices for compliant clinical trial billing from an experienced nurse and auditor.

Webinar Takeaways:

  • Relationship between documentation of medical necessity and billing compliance
  • Enhancement of billing compliance using medical necessity language and document consistency reviews
  • Connection between the language used in the informed consent form and billing compliance
  • Nuances of specific codes and modifiers for claims under Medicare’s clinical trial policy and investigational medical device regulation
  • Importance of complying with Medicare diagnostic and procedural codes: diagnostic code Z00.6 — examination of participant in clinical trial; procedure code modifier Q0; and procedure code modifier Q1 — routine costs

Optimize your reimbursements through best practices in billing, documentation and compliance. Join us by registering today.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Site administrator
  • Site coordinator
  • Clinical trial coordinator
  • Clinical trial consultants


May 15, 2019

A CenterWatch Webinar

Regulatory Binders: Your Path to Paperless

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Process, sign, organize and store regulatory binder documents more efficiently. Run audits more smoothly and reduce redundancy. Save time, money, and space all while keeping your documents safe with cloud-based storage; accessible wherever you are. These are just a few of the benefits of going paperless.

Few sites have made the transition because they’re perceived as time consuming, complicated, expensive and risky.

However, updated guidelines and new technology have lowered the hurdles and streamlined the transition to going electronic.

Filip Matakovic — VP and General Manager, Site Services Group at MedPoint Digital — has over 17 years of experience designing, developing and managing innovative technology solutions to meet the growing business needs of pharma companies. Over the course of 90 minutes he’ll discuss the transition process.

Webinar Takeaways:

  • System compliance and audit readiness
  • Costs and current methodology of paper binder storage
  • Advantages of managing documents electronically
  • eSignatures and Part 11 compliance

Make a seamless, effortless transition to an eReg system. Join us by registering today.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Site Directors
  • Director of Site Operations
  • Regulatory Manager
  • Regulatory Coordinator


June 11, 2019

FDAnews/CenterWatch Webinar

Using KPIs to Improve Site Performance

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Transform your raw and unstructured data into meaningful information. Make smarter decisions based on intelligence derived from the clinical trial data.

Kelly Smith, CCRP, Sr. Solutions Consultant for Bio-Optronics, will discuss how pharma and biotech companies can best take advantage of KPIs. She’ll provide tools and tips to better centralize and streamline your processes. Over the course of 90 minutes she’ll help you understand how to:

  • Improve your business development chances by illustrating turnaround times and other KPI metrics when communicating and selling services to potential clients
  • Develop better feasibility by quickly and easily finding turnaround times, win rates, loss/not selected rates and potential revenue per patient
  • Accelerate your start up activity by using KPIs to set goals and measure progress/performance against those goals, such as CTA turnaround time or total start up time (selection to FPFV)
  • Improve recruitment and enrollment by measuring campaign performance to easily finding cost per screened patient
  • Improve operations by quickly and easily measuring CRC utilization and capacity, no show rates, and screen fail rates
  • Utilize more productive tools to better centralize and streamline your processes
  • Choose improved protocols to set attainable enrollment goals and track financials, resulting in increased efficiencies and revenue overall

This presentation will illustrate how technology can assist in streamlining your operations and improve your business decisions.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Clinical Research Associates
  • Investigators
  • Clinical Project Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs Personnel
  • Medical Writers