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MTEC 2nd Annual Membership Meeting – March 30, 2017 at Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas.
Pre-meeting networking event and optional tours to be held on March 29th, 2017.
The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is pleased to announce the Second Annual MTEC Membership meeting will be held at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, the “home of military medicine” on Thursday, March 30th, 2017. A special networking event featuring poster displays by current members and invited government sponsors will kick-off the meeting on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.
The meeting will focus on delivering VALUE to the attendee. It will provide a forum for gaining insight into soon-to-be released solicitations and the MTEC white paper process, promoting idea exchange and enhancing networking opportunities.
Highlights of the meeting will include:
Non-members are welcome to attend the first portion of the event including the Pre-Meeting events on March 29th, 2017. Members only are invited to participate in the March 30th lunch and afternoon schedule. This includes the Open Discussion session featuring upcoming funding opportunities, membership qualification presentations, break-out sessions and one-on-one opportunities with the USAMRMC representatives and MTEC Officers, as well as the Center for the Intrepid Tour.
MTEC Membership Qualification Presentations:
MTEC members are invited to provide a five minute overview of their research focus areas during the 2:00 -3:00 PM MTEC Membership Qualification Presentations section of the agenda. AV support will be available for members if they would like to utilize power point for their presentation. Please contact Stacey Lindbergh at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in presenting. There are seven slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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MTEC member organizations are invited to display a poster during the MTEC Networking event on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 5-6:30 PM at the Southwest Research Institute, and at the main meeting site on Thursday, March 30th, 2017. Government attendees will be present during these times and are also invited to display posters. MTEC members may also bring devices (e.g. tablets) to display electronic media, but note there will NOT be tables or power available at each display area.
The MTEC member organization is responsible for producing, shipping and receiving their poster and easel. Poster set-up will begin at 1:00pm on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017. We request they be taken down after the networking event. The MTEC member organizations may also display their poster along the perimeter of the main meeting room during the Thursday, March 30, 2017 meeting.
If your organization is interested in displaying a poster, please complete the poster registration form by March 25, 2017. You must register by the deadline in order to display a poster at the meeting. Space is limited so please register early. Additional logistics information will be provided to those who register for the poster session prior to the event.
There is a block of rooms set up at:
Courtyard San Antonio SeaWorld®/Westover Hills
Address: 11605 State Highway 151
San Antonio, TX 78251
Rate: $99 with complimentary parking & shuttle service to/from SwRI
MTEC members are invited to attend a special private tour of the Center for the Intrepid located next to the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Transportation will be provided to the Center. The tour bus will leave at 2:15PM and return participants to Southwest Research Institute at approximately 5:30PM. Spaces are limited, and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
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Please join us for an optional tour of four healthcare research areas of the Southwest Research Institute at 3-5:00PM on Thursday, March 29th, 2017. The MTEC Networking event will be immediately following the tours at 5-6:30 PM.
Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development (R&D) organizations in the United States. Founded in 1947, and often called one of the best kept secrets in San Antonio, SwRI provides contract research and development services to industrial and government clients in the United States and abroad. As an independent nonprofit, SwRI has never endorsed any product or service and prohibits commercial clients from using its name in any marketing efforts. In line with its public mission, the staff of more than 2,700 specializes in the creation and transfer of technology in engineering and the physical sciences. While often avoiding the public spotlight, nonetheless the Institute is one of the most respected and sought after organizations of its kind; those who need SwRI know SwRI. The tour features four research areas: Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, Human Performance, Blunt Trauma and Penetrating Injury, and Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering. Come get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of why visitors often conclude the Institute is like “Disneyland for engineers and scientists.”
SwRI’s Musculoskeletal Biomechanics program applies advanced technology and engineering principles to gain a better understanding of the biomechanical functioning of the human body from the nanoscopic level to the whole body level. We are engaged in both basic science discovery driven research and applied research, development, and testing for the NIH, DoD, and commercial clients. Our experimental capabilities span from the nanoscopic level to the whole body and are unique in the world. Our laboratory facilities include advanced instrumentation to investigate the behavior of musculoskeletal tissues from the nano-mechanics level using atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation through the tissue and cellular level using advanced digital microscopy, micro CT, and micromechanical testing and analysis, and up to the whole body level with structural testing and biomechanical motion capture capabilities. Our computational modeling and simulation capabilities include hierarchical computational model development and quantitative verification and validation, uncertainty quantification and probabilistic analyses methods, and statistical shape and trait anatomic and biomechanical modeling. On this part of the tour, you’ll view a variety of instrumentation used to carry out this groundbreaking research.
Human Performance Initiative
SwRI’s Human Performance Initiative applies a multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering approach to better understanding and quantifying the complex biomechanical and physiological components of physical performance with respect to the human body. Our scientists and engineers represent diverse technical backgrounds that include biomechanics, computer science, machine learning, systems engineering, sensor fusion, biomedical engineering, physics, statistics, and applied mathematics (just to name a few). With our broad technical expertise, our approach to the technological challenges associated with human performance allows us to seek solutions that are not bound to a particular technical discipline. This holistic approach provides our clients with unique solutions that are tailored to their needs. On this part of the tour, you’ll view our current research in the area of capturing and quantifying human biomechanics without body-worn instrumentation.
Blunt Trauma and Penetrating Injury
SwRI researchers are evaluating the effect of blunt trauma on personal protection components, including military-grade armor, bullet-proof vests, and helmets to see if these devices absorb and dissipate a bullet’s kinetic energy, reducing the likelihood of fatal injuries. A key component of this research effort is computed tomography (CT) scanning to diagnose potential problems. SwRI’s CT imaging machine can create three-dimensional volumetric reconstruction of high- and low-density objects, from fabrics and composites to ceramics and metals. On this part of the tour, you’ll visit the Small Arms Test Range where experimental work is conducted in support of this research and other efforts, as well as the lab that houses the CT machine.
Pharmaceuticals and Bioengineering
SwRI researchers specialize in drug discovery through early clinical development. We offer fully integrated pharmaceutical development capability and are experienced in discovering new drugs, formulating and preparing cGMP clinical supplies and even re-purposing drug candidates. We have significant experience providing clinical supplies from our recently FDA-inspected cGMP facilities for any route of administration. SwRI is a pioneer in microencapsulation, which we have leveraged to find formulation solutions for many drug candidates. We can develop custom-made nano- or microcapsules and microspheres, with the goal of establishing proof-of-concept for product application. We also offer pilot plant scale-up capabilities, production experience, and product assistance for delivering encapsulated product to the commercial market. On this part of the tour, you’ll visit three key areas: our cGMP suites where clinical supplies are made, our analytical capabilities where drugs and clinical formulations are characterized and release tested, and our synthesis labs and pilot plants where synthetic routes are developed then scaled in our pilot plant suites.