May 25, 2017
ASM Boston Fellows Night
David B. Spenciner
The Effect of Nitinol on Medical Device Innovation
There are multiple biocompatible metal alloys, but with the dual properties of superelasticity and shape-memory combined with excellent biocompatibility, an appropriate elastic modulus, and magnetic resonance compatibility, Nitinol has profoundly impacted medical device design. One method to tease out the contribution of Nitinol to medical devices is to look at the number of issued patents that are in some way enabled by this technology. The hypothesis was that the growth rate for Nitinol-specific patents continues to increase, and such increase is indicative of Nitinol as an enabling material for medical device innovation.
The complete text of issued US patents was analyzed to determine the contribution of Nitinol to the development of medical devices. These data were examined longitudinally, thus allowing the effect to be seen over time. The rate of increase with Nitinol-specific patents was determined. Also, several early case examples will be discussed to provide a better understanding of the contribution of this alloy to medical device innovation.
About the speaker:
David B. Spenciner is a Research Fellow at DePuy-Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine (Raynham, Massachusetts USA), a Johnson & Johnson company that is a global leader in the medical device industry. His responsibilities include inventing and assessing new technologies in the field of sports medicine, determining the clinical relevance of mechanical testing programs for new development projects, and improving the clinical acumen of engineers throughout the R&D organization. Dave holds a BS in Materials Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in Bioengineering from Brown University, and an MBA from Boston University. In 1999, he received his Massachusetts Professional Engineering license in metallurgy. He is widely published in the fields of spinal biomechanics, sports equipment, and orthopedic medicine clinical outcomes, with 31 peer-reviewed papers published and 55 posters and podium presentations. He has 29 issued US and EU patents and more than 40 patent applications pending. Prior to joining Mitek over 7 years ago, Dave worked in venture capital, helped launch multiple start-ups, and built a biomechanics lab at Rhode Island Hospital. Dave is active on multiple technical societies, including serving as co-chair of the ASTM International subcommittee on Spinal Devices since 2005 and being elected a Fellow of ASM International in 2015. Dave is also a former Chair of the Boston Chapter of ASM International.
Elections of next year's Executive Committee officers will also take place at this meeting.
Please register by Tuesday, May 23
LOCATION & SCHEDULE
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02139
5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Presentation
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