Medical Materials Professionals Convene in St. Paul Second annual Materials and Processes for Medical Devices offers compelling


    ST. PAUL, Minn., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Advances in medical materials for
 orthopaedic, dental, vascular and neural surgery will bring healthcare's best
 to the ASM Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference at the
 Radisson Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul, Minn. on August 25-27.
     The only conference on the science, applications and manufacturability of
 biomaterials, this second annual event will gather participants from around
 the world to discuss advances in metals and alloys, nitinol, non-metallics,
 surface engineering, and nano- and microfabricated structures specific to
 medical devices.  The conference is sponsored by ASM International -- The
 Materials Information Society and is co-sponsored by ASTM, Controlled Release
 Society, Society for Biomaterials and American Academy of Orthopaedic
     "Our qualified set of keynote speakers make the conference well worth the
 price of registration," said Dr. Michael N. Helmus of Boston Scientific
 Corporation, conference co-chair:
      -- Dane A. Miller, president and CEO of Biomet, Inc., will discuss the
         future of orthopaedic devices.
      -- Jack E. Lemons, University of Alabama-Birmingham, will discuss the
         evolution of materials and biomaterials for dental implants.
      -- Robert O. Ritchie, University of California-Berkeley, will describe
         the state-of-the-art on predicting fatigue life of medical devices --
         what every manufacturer must know to protect themselves from
      -- P. Hunter Peckham, Case Western Reserve University, will discuss
         functional electrical stimulation devices that are helping to restore
         control of movement in paralysis.
      -- Lawrence E. Eiselstein, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, will
         describe case histories in failures.
      -- Joshua J.  Jacobs, Rush Medical College, will describe the biological
         effects of having metal components in the body and the adverse and
         dangerous reactions that can occur.
     An optional day-long education program on Basic Metallurgy for the Medical
 Device Engineer, a poster session featuring powder metallurgy techniques and
 new biomaterial alloy development, and an expanded exposition area complete
 this comprehensive summit.  Visit
 for details.
     ASM International is the leading society serving the materials science and
 engineering profession. ASM's worldwide membership is comprised of
 36,000 research scientists, materials engineers, faculty members, industrial
 and manufacturing engineers, technicians and students whose work involves
 advanced materials, processes that improve performance and applications that
 improve our quality of life. ASM's Materials Park headquarters (near
 Cleveland) is known for the world's largest openwork geodesic dome.
 Visit for further details.
      Rego Giovanetti, Communications Officer  *  440/338-5151, ext. 5622
      Fax: 440/338-8629  *  E-mail:

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