Summit on Nanotechnology, Materials, and the Future of Medicine to be Hosted by Cleveland Clinic, ASM and Nano-Network

Materials, Medicine, and Nanotechnology Summit to Open Nano-Week(TM) 2006,

Oct. 2-6 in Cleveland

Jul 12, 2006, 01:00 ET from ASM International

    CLEVELAND, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovators in medical devices,
 clinical practice, and biomedical research will gather at Cleveland Clinic
 October 2-5 to discuss the latest materials advances and nanotechnology
 discoveries and how they are resulting in new medical applications.
     The Materials, Medicine, and Nanotechnology Summit will be hosted by
 Cleveland Clinic, ASM International, and the Nano-Network as the anchor
 event of Nano-Week(TM) 2006, a five-day exploration of how nanotechnology
 is changing our world. The Summit is comprised of the biennial Cleveland
 Clinic NanoMedicine Summit and ASM's Materials & Processes for Medical
 Devices (MPMD) Conference and Exposition.
     The Summit will take place at the InterContinental Hotel & MBNA
 Conference Center-Cleveland, located on the Clinic's campus. Agenda and
 registration information can be found at
     "This Summit is unique because it brings together materials experts,
 nanotechnology researchers, the engineers who design medical devices, and
 the practicing clinicians who use these devices and judge their efficacy in
 patients," said Shuvo Roy, Ph.D., Co-Director of BioMEMS Laboratory at
 Cleveland Clinic. "By facilitating open discussion, this meeting will
 identify challenges and solutions that can accelerate the medical adoption
 of advanced materials and nanotechnology into clinical applications."
     The Summit will be valuable for academic nanotechnology scientists,
 medical device engineers, biomedical scientists, medical entrepreneurs, and
 corporate R&D managers who want to gain clinical perspective and identify
 opportunities for collaboration, Dr. Roy said. Physicians from a variety of
 specialties, including cardiac and vascular medicine, neurological
 diseases, and orthopedic and spine disorders, will also find the meeting
 useful in understanding how nanotechnology and materials are affecting the
 roadmap for the future of medicine.
     Monday, October 2, will feature courses developed by ASM International
 and the International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic
 Technologies (SMST). Designed for engineers and physicians who work with
 medical devices, the following materials and process-related courses will
 be offered with CME accreditation: Polymers for Medical Device Design;
 Basic Metallurgy for Medical Devices; Nitinol for Medical Devices; and
 Fracture, Fatigue, and Corrosion for Medical Devices.
     Tuesday, October 3 through Wednesday morning, October 4, Cleveland
 Clinic and ASM will offer blended technical programming covering the
 spectrum of materials-related challenges in orthopedics, cardiovascular,
 neurology, nanotechnology, orthopedic tissue engineering, and minimally
 invasive surgery. Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, October 5, the
 Summit evolves into a Nanomedicine track focused on biomedical sensors,
 commercialization, drug delivery, nanoscale diagnostics and clinical
 opportunities. A parallel program track on Materials and Processes for
 Medical Devices will recognize the role of materials selection and
 processes in the development of new devices.
     "By the end of the Summit, we will understand the latest advances in
 materials, bioMEMS, and nanotechnology relevant to medical applications,
 and will have a clear picture of high-impact and near-term opportunities
 for nanotechnology in medicine," Dr. Roy said. "At the same time, our
 attendees will have a new awareness of the role of materials selection and
 processes in the development of medical devices."
     About Cleveland Clinic:
     Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit
 multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and
 hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in
 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding
 patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and
 innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as
 one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals"
 survey. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland
 Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical
 specialties and subspecialties. In 2005, patients came for treatment from
 every state and 100 countries. Cleveland Clinic website address is
     About ASM International:
     Headquartered in Northeast Ohio, ASM International is the world's
 leading society serving the materials science and engineering community,
 with more than 38,000 members worldwide. ASM provides authoritative
 information and knowledge on materials and processes -- from the structural
 to the nanoscale. Information on materials is obtained from wherever in the
 world it is available and distributed wherever in the world it is needed
 through ASM conferences and expositions, publications and handbooks,
 seminars and training, and
     About the Nano-Network:
     The Nano-Network was formed by scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers
 to improve and expand nanotechnology research and commercialization
 activities and capacities in Northeast Ohio, and throughout the nation. The
 Nano-Network is one of the largest and best-known privately funded, "grass
 roots" nanotechnology organizations in the U.S. The Nano-Network is
 currently managed by NorTech (, a regional economic
 development organization focused on innovation, technology and
 entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. NorTech's relationship with the
 Nano-Network provides the group with structure, contacts and resources to
 further promote nanotechnology in Ohio and the United States.
     Raquel Santiago
     Media Relations
     Cleveland Clinic Foundation
     Rego Giovanetti
     Communications Officer
     ASM International
     440-338-5151, x5622
     Kelly Coolbaugh
     Director of Communications

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