2008 Washington State Biomedical Device Summit

The summit provided a look at a variety of new medical devices. [Pathway Medical Technologies, Inc] presented a little plastic device that holds an amount of premeasured medicine to treat natal Tetanus for anyone with a couple hours of training. [Kurve Technologies] is manufacturing micro devices to deliver treatments to the brain via the nasal cavity. [Spiration, Inc] creates pulmonary devices to treat Emphysema. [Philips Heathcare] is a large company who develops both big and small boxes and that acquired ATL who develops ultrasound devices. A new device on the conference showcase is a plastic bubble that intends on replacing a standard hood as a mobile sterile environment. Nancy Campbell of [Therapeutic Resources] is working on developing an integrated device to help prevent battlefield insomnia. [Respironics] manufactures a sleep machine that prevents snoring.

Governor Gregoire recently designated Bothell as an [Innovation Partnership Zone]. This new zone will principally support medical device/ultra-sound manufacturing.

One hot topic discussed by the summit panel and the Chancellor of University of Washington Bothell is that the UW canít seem to facilitate communication between biotech companies and the students. Not only do grads lacks the skills to work for these biotech companies, there doesnít exist a way to let students know of opportunities with the biotech companies. The UWB recently formed the [Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Institute] to potentially integrate students and biotech companies. UWB has plans of adding a [Technology Transfer] faculty member. The main UW campus has a variety of [computer science research] areas.

Organizations that attended: [Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association], [Washington Technology Industry Association], [Prosperity Partnership], [Snohomish County Economic Development], [City of Bothell]

Biotechnology areas:
[research and development],
[medical implants],
[electromedical equipment],
[drug delivery],
[analytical devices],
[electromedical devices],
[surgical devices],
[ophthalmic devices],
[dental devices]