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The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to

2019 Program Planning Meeting
Tuesday 15 January 2019

6.30pm (1830 AEDT)

Venue: The Tower Hotel Bistro
686 Burwood Rd HAWTHORN EAST

The Tower Hotel and the Bistro are centrally located in Hawthorn East on the corner of Burwood Road and Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East.
There is adequate free parking after 6.00pm beside the hotel and the Auburn Station is 5-10 minutes walk.
Please join us for this important meeting.r

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to

Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices

A/Prof Graeme D Rathbone
Neurobionics Project Manager
Bionics Institute, East Melbourne, Australia.

This talk will be followed by an introduction to wine appreciation
incorporating some Yarra Valley tastings to round out the session

Tuesday 19 February 2019
6.30pm (1830 AEDT) Network from 6.00pm

Venue:The Unicorn Club, MHSOBA
Melbourne High School, Forrest Hill, South Yarra

The Society for Medical and Biological Engineering Victoria Inc
February 2019 Scientific Meeting

Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices

Abstract:  The Bionics Institute has a 35 year history of high-level research and has developed a commercial outlook via contract research. More recently the BI embarked on the design and development of implantable (Class III) medical devices and the associated manufacturing pathways. 

In the medical devices world there has been substantial growth in the field of "Neuromodulation". This is an expensive business requiring relevant research skills, proof of concept, pre-clinical trials, device manufacture and clinical trials capability. Interested groups need to understand the regulatory compliance ecosystem including quality management systems, relevant international standards together with the complexities of manufacturing devices suitable for human implantation. 

This creates an opportunity for the Bionics Institute to offer an advisory service to groups who are interested in commercializing their research in this field but may not have either the resources or experience to do so. 

This seminar, "Pathways to Manufacture Implantable Medical Devices" will discuss how this can be achieved from our position in Australia.

Bio:  Graeme has worked in the private, public and academic sectors. He has lectured in biomedical engineering, control systems, design and development; initially at RMIT then LaTrobe University and (p/t) at the University of Melbourne. He held various academic management positions. He has undertaken neuro-stimulation research at the Bionics Institute over the last 12 years including supervision of Masters and PhD students. Since retiring from LaTrobe University six years ago he has worked part-time for the Bionics Institute as well as Blamey-Saunders Hearing, managing the development of new projects. Research included Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI), Bionic vision (BI - BVA) and recently the Bionics Institute's minimally invasive implantable epilepsy monitor, Epi-Minder.

In 1996 Graeme and his brother established Yering Station Winery in the Yarra Valley and in 2005 Graeme purchased the Diamond Valley Vineyards brand in the Yarra Valley. Predominately a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer the current releases are a fine collection of elegant, restrained and expressive cool-climate wines of quality.

Graeme will deliver a short expose on wine appreciation with some samples from his winery available to try.

The Committee of the SMBE Victoria
 invites all Members and Friends to

Technologies for Treating the Failing Heart

Professor Ulrich Steinseifer
Professor of Medical Engineering
Monash Institute of Medical Engineering and
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University,
Department of Cardiovascular Engineering
Helmholtz Institute of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Tuesday 19 March 2019
6.30pm (1830 AEDT) Network from 6.00pm

The Royal Women’s Hospital
Seminar Room 7A 7B Seventh Floor (Level 7)
20 Flemington Road Parkville 3025

Please register below All welcome
Abstract and Biograph in the Newsletter

The Society for Medical and Biological Engineering Victoria Inc
March 2019 Scientific Meeting

Technologies for Treating the Failing Heart
Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, currently claiming more than 17 million lives a year. By 2030, it is even expected that almost 24 million people will die from CVDs, mainly from heart disease and stroke. The largest percentage increase will occur in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The largest increase in number of deaths will occur in the South-East Asia Region.
The most important behavioural risk factors of heart disease and stroke are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and tobacco use. They are responsible for about 80% of coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.

As of today, several treatment options are available for cardiovascular diseases, ranging from effective and inexpensive medication to complex surgical procedures requiring medical devices, such as stents, heart valve prostheses, cardiac assist devices or even total artificial hearts.

The presentation will provide an overview over the current technologies of such medical devices, particularly for supporting the circulatory system once the heart is failing. It will also address major research challenges related to their development and application.

Professor Steinseifer holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the RWTH University in Aachen, Germany. During his professional career, he held various positions in the medical device industry, ranging from Project Manager at the largest German hospital supplier (B. Braun Melsungen AG) to Director and CEO of a German, French and US based start-up enterprise (Triflo Medical Inc). In addition, he made successful use of his industrial experience as a freelance consultant and entrepreneurial coach, and (co-)founded seven start-up companies in the field of medical devices and engineering services.

He is now Professor of Medical Engineering at the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, and he also heads the Department of Cardiovascular Engineering at the Helmholtz Institute of the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.

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