2015 SME SV 10th Annual Conference

Medical Device

Lean New Product Development

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Attend the Medical Device Lean Product Development conference to learn more how to use accelerate Medical Device new product development. Hear examples and practical do's and don'ts for applying lean methods.

Gain new ideas, meet people who share your interests, and learn how the Bay Area continues to innovate and respond to global competition in the following areas:
  • 3D Printing Trends and Advancements in Medical Device
  • 3D Printing, Laser, and Robotics  Demonstrations
  • Tools to Accelerate the Product Development Process
  • Winning strategies for regulatory compliance

The conference includes a tour break to the Design-2-Part Show where you will gain connections with vendors that will aid you in your product development and manufacturing projects.

This conference is held in conjunction with the Design-2-Part Show with collaboration from the SME North Bay and SME Sacramento chapters.  Other local  organizations that support SME include IEEE-CPMT, ASME-SCVS, ASQ Northern CA Biomedical Division, SJSU BMES, SWE-SCV, San Jose State University, and DeAnza College.  For more information or if you have registration issues, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs, Joanne Moody  or Hong Xu at

Who Should Attend?

The SME Silicon Valley Chapter 098 is hosting an exciting one day conference for people in:

  • Product development engineers, "makers", designers, manufacturing professionals, technologists, manufacturing engineers, and managers.

  • Students and professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in design, prototyping, making, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, robotics, and networking.
  • Quality and regulatory affairs professionals.


PDF to be attached.

Schedule---this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

8:00 am Registration

Morning Session -  Medical Devices

8:30 - 8:45 am  - Welcome  and Conference Overview

  • JoAnne Moody - 2015 Event Director,  SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98

  • Bill Browne - Master of Ceremonies, MANEX Consulting

8:45- 9:00 am - Discover Biomedical Opportunities in the Bay Area

Learn about the Bay Area Biomedical network and opportunities for business assistance, technology transfer, education and training, and economic development.

  • Dr. Gregory Theyel - Program Director - East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network

9:00- 9:15 am - Educational Pathways and Transition to Medical Devices.

Learn about the Bay Area Biomedical network and opportunities for business assistance, technology transfer, education and training, and economic development.

  • Speaker - Wendy Plew

9:15 - 9:45 am - Lean Methods Save Time and Money

What is Lean? Learn how lean methods can save money in a range of development and manufacturing areas.

  • Bill Browne - Director of Economic and Workforce Development, MANEX Consulting

9:45 - 10:00 am - Break

10:00- 11:00am -  Medical Device Technology Trends (Panel Discussion)

Learn the latest in .....

  • Panel Leader
  • Panelists

11:00 - 11:30  am - Surgical Robotics
Learn about the surgical robotics challenges.

  • Speaker from Intuitive Surgical

11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Raffles, Design-2-Part Tour, Demonstrations,  and Lunch break (lunch not provided)

  • 3D Printing, Laser,  and Robotics Demos
Afternoon Session - Lean and Compliant Product Development Practices (1:30 - 4:00)

1:30 - 1:50 pm - Lean Tools
  • Speaker - Title, Company

1:50 - 2:10 pm - Evolution and Advances in Product Development Software 

  • Speaker - Title, Company

2:10 - 2:30 pm - Navigate the "Regulatory Fog" of product development

Investigate current issues in designing and manufacturing a new product.
  • Speaker - Title, Company

2:30 - 2:50 pm Break, Demos and Networking

2:50 - 3:55 pm - Applying Lean Tools to Medical Device Product Development -  A Panel discussion

Learn  from medical industry leaders about  success and failure of lean in product development.

  • Panel Leader
  • Panel Member - Title, Company
3:55- 4:00 pm Closing and Final Raffle/Drawing - Item


Conference Links

Conference Flyer

D2P News - Conference Press Release

Conference Press Release

Conference Program

Speaker Bios


Speakers & Panelists

  • Bill Browne - MANEX Consulting
  • JoAnne Moody - Event Director
  • Cynthia Cook - Chapter Chair

Diamond Sponsors

  • MANEX Consulting

Platinum Sponsors

  • NUTEK Corporation
  • Product Realization Group
  • TechShop

Gold Sponsors

  • Gallina LLP
  • Phoenix Automation
  • SMTC
  • Hawk Ridge Systems
  • Fathom
  • Inland Metals
  • Grow Shapes
  • Octave Systems

Silver Sponsors

  • DEG
  • General Foundry Service

Program Committee

  • JoAnne Moody, Conference Co-Chair
  • Hong Xu, Conference Co-Chair
  • Cynthia Cook, SME SV Chapter Chair
  • Phil Ogaz, Treasurer & Logistics
  • Larry Lewis, Session Chair
  • Bill Browne, MC for conference
  • Rob Eichner, Design-2-Part Show VP
  • Raya Zion (Laney College)
  • Thi Ngyen (ASQ Biomedical group)
  • Geetha Rao
  • Aaron Joseph
  • Michael Keer

Extended Committee

  • Diana Helka
  • Keith Krook
  • Michael Shabaka
  • Bruce MacKender

Professional Societies

  • SME North Bay Chapter
  • SME Sacramento Chapter
  • ASQ Northern CA Biomedical Division
  • SWE - SCV


Gold Sponsors

  • Product Realization Group



Bill Browne - Director of Economic and Workforce Development - Manex Consulting - Master of Ceremonies

Mr. Browne has over 32 years of extensive manufacturing experience and expertise in general management, manufacturing operations, quality systems, engineering, product development and continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He has led numerous process improvement initiatives resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth across a range of industry sectors and geographies, including China, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining Manex, Mr. Browne was General Manager at Triangle Coatings, Inc. where he was responsible for managing two manufacturing operations. Mr. Browne has also held executive management positions with Morgan Crucible, Consolidated Container Company and Mattel, Inc.  Mr. Browne has led numerous Lean Manufacturing, quality (ISO 9001, 8D), product optimization, consumer pricing and workforce development programs that achieved dramatic improvements in productivity and competitiveness. Mr. Browne has also achieved the Six Sigma Master Black Belt (SSMBB) and Certified Design for Six Sigma (CDFSS). Mr. Browne holds an MBA from the University of Detroit, and a BS in Engineering Arts from Michigan State University.  Return to Schedule

JoAnne Moody - SME Annual Conference Co-Chair and Event Director,  Zeta Scientific LLC

JoAnne Moody is the SME Event Director and SME Annual Conference Co-Chair.  Joanne is an expert in product development, adhesives, coatings, and medical device materials.  As principal of Zeta Scientific LLC, Ms. Moody has worked for, or consulted with a number of companies including 3M, Boston Scientific, Raychem Corporation (now Tyco Electronics), and EndoSonics Inc.   Ms. Moody earned her BA degree in Chemistry from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN and MS degree from the Chemical Engineering & Material Science Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Moody has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair, Conference Chair, Chair-Elect, and Newsletter Editor as well as delegate board member for the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC).   Return to Schedule

Cynthia Cook - Chair - SME Silicon Valley Chapter Chair

Cynthia Cook is the Chair of the SME Silicon Valley Chapter, a 401(c) non-profit. Ms. Cook is focused on acquiring and providing knowledge and connections for leading edge product development, manufacturing, student outreach and workforce development in the community.  Ms. Cook has over 17 years in manufacturing including lean, quality and new product introduction with Acuity Lighting, and Carrier Corporation.

Ms. Cook earned her Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and MS degree in Management Science from the University of Dayton's School of Engineering, Dayton, OH. Ms. Cook has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair-Elect.  Ms. Cook is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, served in several leadership positions within the Dayton, OH chapter, and holds a SixSigma green belt. Ms. Cook is a member of ASQ.   Return to Schedule