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Michael Barthold

Senior Group Manager, Johnson and Johnson, USA
20 APRIL : How Does 3D Planning and Modelling Affect Medical Device Companies?
Michael Barthold

Michael Barthold is the global leader of the TruMatch CMF patient specific products and services for Depuy Synthes Medical Devices, a division of Johnson and Johnson. Michael has over 16 years of experience in the healthcare and medical device industry, including various repsonsibities in project management, research and develop, and operational management. Over the last ten years, Michael has lead and developed the patient specific products and services, providing a comprehensive platform of virtual pre-operative planning services, patient specific surgical guides, and patient specific implants. This has involved internal development and strategic partnerships in technologies, such as additive manaufacturing, CAD / CAM software, and PLM software. Michael has also lead the program for developing customized instruments for surgeons to help improve meet their specific needs and improve surgical efficiency. Michael earned a BS Degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Drexel Uiversity.

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Pete Basiliere

Research Vice President - Additive Manufacturing, Gartner, USA
21 APRIL : Are We Prepared for an Additive Future?
Pete Basiliere

Pete Basiliere is Research Vice President—Additive Manufacturing and lead analyst for Gartner’s 3D printing research community. Mr. Basiliere provides research-based insights on 3D printing and digital printing systems, best practices, go-to-market strategies and technology trends.

Mr. Basiliere is co-author of the annual Gartner Hype Cycle for 3D Printing. His recent research reports include the Market Guide for 3D Print Service Bureaus, Market Guide for 3D Printer Manufacturers, Innovation Insight: 3D Printing Workflow Software and What 3D Printing Means for Your Supply Chain.

Before joining Gartner, Mr. Basiliere worked in operations, engineering and procurement management roles with responsibilities for digital and analog printing equipment selection, plant layouts and new product development.

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Nicola Belli

Front End Innovation Director, Safilo Spa, Italy
21 APRIL : Craftmanship and Additive Manufacturing:
Nicola Belli

Nicola Belli graduated with honors in Aerospace Engineering simply thanks to his fondness for speed and flight.
He grew in the Dolomites with a great passion for sport and I had the honor to attend 3 Winter Olympic Games with different technical roles: he scaled up from minibus driver to General Manager of the National Bobsleigh Team.

  • 1993 – Belli's first dreamful job at Ferrari as Project Leader dealing with aerodynamics, materials and special projects for ESA and NASA. He almost got arrested for speeding into a military zone the first time he entered Cape Canaveral. Their experiment container, the BDPU-TC4, successfully flew in the STS78 Spacelab Mission. In 1995 the Ferrari F50 got special rollbars because his head didn’t fit in the cockpit. Safety first.
  • 1996 - Innovation Manager at Benetton Sportsystem for Nordica, Rollerbalde, Prince, Killer Loop e Playlife brands. Last project in 2001 was a training suit made with smart wearable fibers for astronaut Roberto Vittori, successfully flown on San Marco, Soyuz – ISS mission, April 2002.
  • 2001 – Founder and Director at Matech – Innovative Materials - Galileo Science Park. The first technology transfer center in Italy on innovative materials. More than 320 projects in 9 years.
  • 2010 – The startups season: co-founder of Venetwork, Venetronic, Fantic Motors, VNT Medical, Start Innovation.
  • 2013 – Back to serve a global company at Safilo with a goal and a dream: redesign Innovation organization to bring the company back to trendsetter status and deploy disruptive technologies for the health and wellbeing of consumers.
  • 2016 – Project Manager of Safilo X , the Brain Sensing Eyewear , Belli's best dream to date.
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Ir. Marko Bosman

Chief Technologist AM, GKN Aerospace, UK
21 APRIL : The Development of Additive Manufacturing at a Global Tier 1 Aerospace Supplier
Ir.  Marko Bosman

Marko Bosman has an MSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Technical University of Delft and has extensive experience in the field of aerospace materials and manufacturing technology. He started his career at AKZO-Nobel doing research on high performance fibers. After that he worked on biomedical materials at Degussa AG. Since 1999 he has worked at Fokker as a Project Leader in several aerospace design-and-build projects, both military and civil programs, and also as a Manufacturing Manager. Started in Additive Manufacturing in 2011 coordinating R&D and implementation activities within Fokker. In his current role as Chief Technologist he coordinates the global Additive Manufacturing activities of GKN Aerospace.

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Dr. Philipp Brantner

Physician, University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland
20 APRIL : Hospitals and 3D Labs
Dr. Philipp Brantner

Position and employment

  • October 2016 – current: Attending, Clinic  of  Radiology  and  Nuclear  Medicine, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  • July 2016 – current: Co-Head   of   the   3D - Printing   Lab,   University   Hospital   Basel, Switzerland
  • October 2015 – September 2016: Fellow, Cardiac and Thoracic Radiology, Clinic of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  • January 2015 – September 2015: Resident, Clinic  of  Radiology  and  Nuclear  Medicine,  University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  • January 2014 – December 2014: Resident, Clinic  of  Radiology  and  Nuclear  Medicine, Cantonal Hospital Bruderholz, Basel, Switzerland
  • August 2009 – December 2013: Resident, Clinic  of  Radiology  and  Nuclear  Medicine, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
  • August 2009 – July 2010: Resident, Clinic for Heart and Vascular Diseases, Katharinenhospital Stuttgart, Germany
  • February 2008 – January 2009: Final Year Rotations (Praktisches Jahr):
    - Surgery, Hospital de Clínicas „José de San Martín“, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
    - Internal Medicine, Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne, Sursee and Wolhusen, Switzerland
    - Radiology, Municipal Clinic of Karlsruhe, Germany
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Dr. Chen Ching Kit

KK Women`s and Children`s Hospital, Singapore
20 APRIL : Delivering Benefits for Patients and Hospitals Through 3D
Dr. Chen Ching Kit

Dr. Chen Ching Kit, MBBS, MMed (Paed Med), MRCPCH (UK)
Senior Consultant, Cardiology Service
Director, Cardiomyopathy and Heart Function Programme
Department of Paediatric Subspecialties, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
Medical Director, National Paediatric Heart Transplant and Mechanical Cardiac Support Programme, Singapore
Adj Asst Professor of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS

Dr Chen Ching Kit is a consultant paediatric cardiologist at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH). He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the National University of Singapore, and pursued post-graduate training in paediatrics and paediatric cardiology at KKH. He underwent two years of fellowship in paediatric heart failure and heart transplantation at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. His other areas of interest and expertise include exercise echocardiography, foetal echocardiography and 3D printing of heart models. Dr Chen is also an adjunct assistant professor with the Department of Paediatrics at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. A recipient of the Philip Witchel Memorial Research Fellowship in Pediatric Heart Failure 2013 (Canada), his current research interests include dilated cardiomyopathy, exercise echocardiography in cardiomyopathy and congenital heart diseases, and the impact of de novo anti-HLA antibodies in paediatric heart transplantation.

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Prof. Dr. Ir. Matthieu De Beule

CEO, FEops & Professor at IBiTech-bioMMeda, Belgium
21 APRIL : Creating Disruptive Products Through 3D Virtual Patient Modelling
Prof. Dr. Ir.  Matthieu De Beule

Matthieu is a visionary entrepreneur with great people management and communication skills. Under his leadership FEops has transformed from a small academic spin-off into a fast-growing venture capital backed gazelle in the medtech sector. He completed his degree in Engineering at the University of Ghent in 2002 and gained his PhD in 2008 for his research on cardiovascular device and procedure modeling. In 2009 he followed the general management program ‘Technology Transfer’ at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School. Matthieu is author of several high-impact scientific publications.

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Alexander De Croo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Post & Telecom, Belgian Federal Cabinet - Keynote Speaker, Belgium
20 APRIL : Digital Belgium
Alexander De Croo

Alexander De Croo (°1975) is currently Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Post and Telecom in the Belgian Federal Cabinet. From 2012 to 2014 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Pensions. Before taking the office of Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo was Party Chairman of Open Vld, the Flemish liberal-democrats. In 2010, he was elected Senator, scoring third in the popular vote in Flanders.

In 2015, he was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is also member of the Global Agenda Council on Europa at the WEF.

Prior to politics, Alexander De Croo was an active entrepreneur in the field of intellectual property rights. He started his professional career as a business consultant for The Boston Consulting Group.

Alexander holds a degree in Business Engineering from the Free University of Brussels and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University, Chicago).

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Brigitte de Vet

Vice President Medical, Materialise, Belgium
20 APRIL : The Future Doesn’t Happen, We Build It
Brigitte de Vet

Brigitte de Vet is the Vice President of Materialise Medical and a member of the Executive Committee of Materialise.

She joined Materialise in 2016 with almost 20 years of experience in the healthcare and life science sector and a solid track record in leading and transforming companies. Her focus on customers, innovation, improved operational efficiency and execution has led to significant growth.

Prior to joining Materialise, Brigitte held various management, sales, operations and marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson, ultimately serving as General Manager for Cordis in Germany and VP EMEA for Cordis Neurovascular.

She was also CEO of the Acertys Group where she was behind a significant effort to improve operational efficiencies, strengthen the product portfolio and stimulate growth. In addition, with her vision and drive she led a number of companies through periods of significant change.

Brigitte holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA with a major in Engineering from HEC Liege.

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Filip Dehing

Business Unit Manager, RapidFit+, Belgium
21 APRIL : 3DP as a Game Changer in the Automotive Tooling Industry

Mohammad Ehteshami

Vice President, Additive Integration, GE Additive, USA
21 APRIL : How GE Additive Will Accelerate the 3D Printing Revolution
Mohammad Ehteshami

Mohammad Ehteshami is Vice President and General Manager, GE Additive (a startup), a division of GE Aviation. Most recently, he served as Vice President & General Manager of Engineering for GE Aviation, where he led a team of more than 8,000 engineers to design, procure, test and certify commercial and military aircraft engines.

Mohammad has more than 33 years of experience in Engineering, Manufacturing and program/product management with GE. His career spans across GE Aviation, GE Oil and Gas and now GE Additive. During his time with GE, Mohammad has developed unique experience in leading and motivating teams to believe and deliver beyond what they can imagine.

Mohammad began his career with GE Aviation as a design engineer in military engines, in particular the engines that power F16 and B1 bomber planes. Then, he moved to commercial engines, where he designed and managed the CFM56 and GE90.

Throughout his career, Mohammad and his family have relocated to Fontainebleau, France; Wilmington, NC; Florence, Italy; and Mason, Ohio. He has led several affinity organizations including the Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF) and African American Forum (AAF).

Mohammad is an avid supporter of advancing the transition from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Additive and Math). As an advocate of STEAM, he is a leading voice in the development of Additive education within STEAM. Under his leadership, GE will invest $10 million over the next five years in educational programs to develop pipelines of future talent in additive manufacturing. Enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing worldwide.

Mohammad lives in Mason, OH with his wife Zari and sons Darius, Cameron and Kevin, two of whom work at GE, and one which works specifically in the additive area. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

GE Additive is part of GE (NYSE: GE), the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Additive plans to offer a full line of additive machine products, materials and engineering solutions to customers. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. GE Additive is led by David Joyce, GE Vice Chairman.

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Koen Engelborghs

Director Strategic Marketing, Software Products, R&D Medical, Materialise, Belgium

Félix S. España

Global New Media Manager, Hoya Vision Care - Keynote speaker, the Netherlands
20 APRIL : Yuniku: World’s First Vision-Centric 3D Tailored Eyewear
Félix S. España

Félix S. España, started as a licensed graduate in Optics & Optometry at Complutense University of Madrid in 1988. Five years later he got a Degree Diploma in Marketing Strategy at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid which helped him to develop his career in different positions within the Optical Industry. He continued his education with an MBA at ESIC some years later.

After working for several lens suppliers and launching and managing the second largest Spanish optical retail chain (Optica 2.000) with more than 100 shops and 850 employees, he joined Hoya Lens Iberia as Marketing Manager.

In October 2011 he joined Hoya Vision Care Europe as EMEA Trade Marketing Manager, becoming the Manager of NewMedia Team in early 2015.

His career has allowed him to see the optical industry from many different angles, a key factor to invent and develop tools and systems that help the Eye Care Professionals to improve their performance and results as well as to enhance the consumer experience in the store.

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Uwe Fresenborg

CEO, DB Vehicle Maintenance GmbH, Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany
21 APRIL : On Time, On Track: Printing Spare Parts for Railways
Uwe Fresenborg

Uwe Fresenborg is CEO of DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH and therefore responsible for the heavy maintenanceof rolling stock of Europes biggest railway company Deutsche Bahn with more than 300.000 employees in more than 140 countries.

In 2016 he initiated the international network "Mobility goes Additive" in cooperation with AM-users like Siemens an swiss railways SBB as well as printing providers like materialise. His aim is to make components available faster and more easily by using 3D printing.

After his degree in aerospace engineering in Bremen and working experience over 20 years in aerospace industry he came to Deutsche Bahn in 2012 to manage the heavy maintenance division.

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Marta G. Cosio

Head of Engineering, Atos, Spain
20 APRIL : Atos Additive Manufacturing Approach
Marta G. Cosio

MS Mechanical Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid, working in product development engineering sector since 2000, having the opportunity to work in sectors such as aeronautic, space, automotive, train industry and energy industry.

10 years’ experience in management roles in leading engineering teams and projects.

Responsibility fields: business management, P&L, business development, customer relationship, project management, quality processes, team building, talent management, partnerships

Enjoying international management & leadership; and continuous improvement & optimization of structures and processes.

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Filip Geerts

Director General, CECIMO, Belgium
21 APRIL : Are We Prepared for an Additive Future?
Filip Geerts

Mr. Geerts is Director General of CECIMO since 2008. He is a professional in EU public and regulatory affairs with long-standing and extensive experience in the management of companies, national and EU trade associations. Mr. Geerts was previously Deputy Director for the largest Belgian association for the technological industry, FITCE. He was also public and regulatory affairs manager for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Secretary General for numerous European trade associations dealing with manufacturing and the engineering sector. A commercial engineer, Mr. Geerts obtained further degrees in EU economic policy, law as well as financial and business management from Insead Fontainebleau and Singapore, London School of Economics, Vlerick, College of Europe, The Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and the Catholic University of Leuven.

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Prof. Richard Hague

Director, Added Scientific Ltd / University of Nottingham, UK
21 APRIL : Are We Prepared for an Additive Future?
Prof.  Richard Hague

Richard Hague is Professor of Innovative Manufacturing and Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham. Having worked in the AM field for over 24 years, he is internationally recognized both for scientific endeavour and creating impact though industrial exploitation where he has a background of leading and managing large multi-disciplinary, multi- partner research projects. Richard’s research interests are focused on AM specific processes, materials and design / design systems across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors with current research programmes focused on multifunctional additive manufacturing processes, materials and design system. Richard has received multiple international awards and honours and is also a co-founder and Director of Added Scientific Ltd, a spin out from the University of Nottingham focused on Additive Manufacturing technical solutions to industry.

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Dr. Adriano Henney, PhD

Secretary General, Avicenna Alliance for Predictive Medicine, Belgium
21 APRIL : Building Bridges to Foster Virtual Patient Applications in Healthcare
Dr.  Adriano Henney, PhD

Dr Henney has a PhD in Medicine and many years’ academic research experience, studying cardiovascular disease at the pathological, cellular, molecular and genetic level in laboratories in London, Cambridge and Oxford. He then moved into industry, spending 13 years with AstraZeneca. Ultimately leading global programmes exploring strategic
improvements aimed at reducing drug failure in development, he created and headed a new department that focused on pathway mapping and modelling, which evolved to establish the practice of Systems Biology, supporting projects in discovery and development.

Dr Henney has extensive experience in directing and managing large, complex teams across
disciplinary, cultural and geographic boundaries, latterly in the area of Systems Biology and Systems Medicine. His experience in this area led to an invitation to direct the major €50M German national flagship programme, The Virtual Liver Network. At the time, the largest Systems Biology programme in Europe, it involved management of over 200 contributing
scientists from a range of disciplines, including clinicians, in 36 independent institutions, including industry, located across Germany. Operating as a distributed team, rather than a consortium, the leaders successfully implemented a range of modelling approaches focused on liver function and dysfunction that reached from the lab bench into clinical studies on volunteers and patients.

Following the end of the VLN Programme, Dr Henney was elected to be part-time Executive Director of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the use of computational modelling and simulation to interpret quantitative biological information and understand the dynamics of biological and physiological function. As part of that role, he was responsible for establishing a new partnership with industry, The Avicenna Alliance for Predictive Medicine, a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on developing a policy framework supporting the use of in silico technologies in medicine, and of which he is now Secretary General.

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Benjamin Hubert

Director, LAYER, UK
20 APRIL : Design from Reason. Experiences with Meaning
Benjamin Hubert

Benjamin Hubert is an award-winning British design entrepreneur, and founder of creative agency, LAYER. LAYER
is focused on experience-driven design for both the physical and digital worlds. Led by Benjamin and a growing
creative team, LAYER is partnering with forward-thinking brands – including Nike, Pepsi, BMW, Samsung, Braun,
Fritz Hansen and Herman Miller – to create products that will help define the way we live, work and communicate
in the future, from smart wearables and furniture systems, to the next generation of media devices, mobile and
grooming tools.

Formative years
Benjamin graduated from Industrial Design & Technology at Loughborough University in 2006, and began his career
at DCA Design, the largest design consultancy in the UK. He moved to London in 2007 to work for internationally
renowned design consultancy Seymour Powell as senior industrial designer on a variety of prestigious projects,
including Eurostar interiors. He then joined Tangerine, the agency at which Jonathan Ive worked prior to Apple.
Benjamin Hubert Ltd.

In October 2010, at the age of 26, Benjamin founded Benjamin Hubert Ltd. with the aim of creating long-lasting
products that would truly connect with people and become new heirlooms.
It was during this period that Benjamin became a leading voice in the global design industry, representing a new
generation of designers. Challenging the traditional royalty-based model of the lifestyle design industry, Benjamin
created both a service and a retail platform for Benjamin Hubert Ltd.

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Philippe Laufer

CEO, CATIA, Dassault Systèmes, France
20 APRIL : Design in the Age of Experience
Philippe Laufer

Philippe Laufer was appointed CEO CATIA in July 2012. He has been THE Man behind CATIA for 30 years, namely as VP R&D since 2006. His contribution has been crucial to CATIA’s present leadership and he is unanimously recognized by our partners and customers as the worldwide CATIA expert. His deep knowledge of the industry as well as the 3DS 3DEXPERIENCE platform and V6 applications has already driven major successes deployments. Philippe continues to direct and oversee ALL CAD related apps for the group when it comes to R&D, technologies and components re-use. 
He began his career at Dassault Systèmes in 1985 as a developer and then worked in the Consulting organization specializing in manufacturing.  After spending twelve months in Seattle in 1990-1991, helping DS’s client, Boeing, to deploy CATIA, Philippe managed DS’s Automotive Competency Center.  Through these experiences Philippe acquired deep knowledge in industries and customers business processes. Philippe leveraged this expertise to manage the research and development of DS’s shape design and styling solutions and drove these solutions to an undisputed leadership. 

Philippe earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the “Ecole Centrale de Nantes” in 1983 followed by a Master degree in production automation from the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées“ in 1984.

Within and outside his job, he likes climbing unreachable mountains.

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Peter Leys

Executive Chairman, Materialise, Belgium
21 APRIL : Are We Prepared for an Additive Future?
Peter  Leys

Peter Leys has served as a Director and Executive Chairman since 2013. Previously, from 1990 to 2013, Mr. Leys was at the Brussels office of Baker & McKenzie CVBA, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. Mr. Leys became an International Partner of Baker & McKenzie CVBA in 1998 and was appointed Co-head of its Brussels office’s corporate finance practice group in 2009. As an attorney, Mr. Leys has advised Materialise since 1997 and has assisted the company on most of its milestone corporate and commercial transactions. In 2012, Mr. Leys, who has been mentioned numerous times as a leading corporate lawyer in Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000, received the International Law Office “Client’s Choice Award” for M&A in Belgium. Mr. Leys is a Fulbright fellow and lectures a mergers and acquisitions contract design course at the KULeuven University. Mr. Leys holds a Candidacy Degree in Philosophy from KULeuven and Master of Law degrees from KULeuven and the University of Georgia.

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Prof. Jinfen Liu

Senior Doctor, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, China
21 APRIL : 3D Printing in Hospitals: What Works, and Why?
Prof.  Jinfen Liu

Present positions
Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine
Director, Shanghai Institute of Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease
Member, World Pediatric Heart Surgery Management Committee
Member, American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Chairman, The standing committee of the Chinese pediatric surgery
Senior doctor, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center

09/1972-07/1975, Medical BA, Shanghai Second Medical College, Shanghai, China
09/1985-07/1988, MD and PhD Medicine, Shanghai Second Medical University, Shanghai, China
MD and PhD Advisor Wenxiang Ding

Appointments at Hospital
08/1975-08/1985, Resident Doctor, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai, China
09/1985-05/1989, Doctor-in-charge, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai, China
06/1989-04/1996, Associate senior doctor, Associate professor, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai, China
05/1996-09/1998, Senior doctor, professor, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai, China
10/1998-01/2004, Vice President, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Shanghai, China
04/2001-05/2007, Vice President, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai, China
02/2004-12/2012, President, Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, Shanghai, China

Editorial Activities
Member, Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Member, Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Member, Editorial Board of World Journal of Pediatrics
Associate Editor, World Journal for Pediatric& Congenital Heart Surgery

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MEng. Ayishwariya Menon

Program Manager Medical, Materialise, USA
21 APRIL : 3D-Printed Biodegradable Devices:
MEng. Ayishwariya Menon

Ayishwariya Menon graduated with an MEng. in biomedical engineering from Imperial College London, UK where she was awarded the Governor’s Prize, and the Student Centenary Prize. She went on to work for the Acrobot Company Ltd., UK in the field of orthopaedic surgical navigation and robotics. She further specialized in computer assisted surgery with her work at Materialise N.V, Belgium applying Materialise’s core technology of 3D printing to orthopaedic surgery. She has worked on a number of development projects on guided surgery and has spoken at various international conferences. She then spent a few years in her home country, Malaysia, heading up the clinical business for Materialise. Along with her team, she was excited to be able to bring innovations in the clinical field to the Asia Pacific region. Currently, she is working on a novel development project in respiratory medicine out of Materialise USA in close collaboration with the University of Michigan. Ayishwariya is passionate about using technology to touch lives and is a strong advocate of multi-disciplinary collaboration to make this possible.

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ir. Manuel Michiels

Business Developer Innovations, Materialise, Belgium
21 APRIL : Innovating the Future
ir. Manuel Michiels

Working 4.5 years at Materialise

Started as market application Engineer and got to know the customer needs and requirements to bring their various AM applications alive on the machines by using the Materialise Software.

Moved to the New Business innovation unit 2 years ago. Here i worked on a full assesment of the end to end CAD/CAM/CAE customer workflows and the key software technologies we need to bring to the market.

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Thomas Moens

Senior Director of Product Management, Materialise, Belgium

Dr. Jonathan Morris

Physician, Mayo Clinic - Keynote speaker, USA
20 APRIL : In Hospital 3D Printing at Mayo Clinic.
Dr.  Jonathan Morris

Clinical Utility and Value of 3D printing at a Larger Quaternary Referral Center: The Mayo Clinic

Jonathan M. Morris, M.D. Co-director Anatomic Modeling Laboratory, and a member of the Division of Neuroradiology.  Dr. Morris received an Innovation Award from the Radiology Department to develop 3D anatomic models in collaboration with Dr. Matsumoto and Joel Kuhlmann and the Division of Engineering in 2007.

In July 2012 Dr. Morris was a leader with Dr. Matsumoto of Pediatric Radiology and Linda Nesberg in establishing the Anatomic Modeling Laboratory within the Department of Radiology and currently serves as its co-director. The laboratory has produced over 118 models to date, mainly focused on complex surgical cases. Dr. Morris is actively exploring research, educational and forensic applications.

Dr. Morris’s neuroradiology practice includes neuroradiology, minimally invasive spine procedures, interventional oncology,
and pain management. Dr. Morris received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine in 2001.  He completed a research fellowship with the NIH in 2001-2002 in the Neurosurgical Division. Dr. Morris did his residency and fellowship programs in Radiology and Neuroradiology at Mayo Clinic before joining the staff in 2007. He has authored and coauthored 55 peer reviewed journal articles, 20 conference proceedings and abstracts and two book chapters.

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Stefaan Motte

Vice President Software, Materialise, Belgium
20 APRIL : Opening AM Session
Stefaan Motte

Stefaan Motte is Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Materialise. He is General Manager of the Materialise Software, which develops and commercializes the company’s software product portfolio, and oversees key global partnerships across a broad range of markets. Motte also leads “Powered by Materialise”, a partnership program that allows companies in the 3D printing and manufacturing ecosystem to embed Materialise technology into their own solutions. This program taps into Materialise’s 26+ years of experience in developing and delivering leading 3D printing solutions that enable customers and partners to meet the opportunities offered by 3D printing technology.


Prior to joining Materialise in 2010, he served as manager of the system security and cryptography competence center at NXP Semiconductors, where he was also a member of the NXP Belgium management team. Before this, Motte was software architect and project manager at Philips Electronics.      


He holds MSc degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science from the KU Leuven University in Belgium, where he has been appointed Fellow of the Faculty of Science.


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Prof. Dr. Richard G. Ohye

Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan, USA
21 APRIL : 3D-Printed Biodegradable Devices:
Prof. Dr.  Richard G.  Ohye

Richard G. Ohye, M.D. is the Associate Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery and Head of the Section of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School, and co-Director of the University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center. The U-M Congenital Heart Center is internationally recognized as a leader in the care of patients with congenital heart disease, performing 500-600 open-heart and 1000 total operations each year.

Dr. Ohye’s current research activities consist of several projects through the Michigan Congenital Heart Outcomes Research and Discovery Program (M-CHORD), as well as being the co-Principle Investigator of the Section’s research activities in the NIH-sponsored Pediatric Heart Network (PHN). Through the PHN, Dr. Ohye is the Study Chair of the multi-institutional Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial, the first multi-institutional randomized clinical trial performed in congenital heart surgery. He also has a strong interest in innovation and cardiac device development.

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Dr. Mark Palmer, MD, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist, Medtronic plc, USA
21 APRIL : The Vision of the Virtual Patient at Medtronic and How It Can Influence Clinical Care
Dr.  Mark  Palmer, MD, PhD

Mark Palmer is a Senior Principal Scientist leading Biomechanics and Modeling in the Core Technologies Group within the Strategy and Scientific Operations organization for Medtronic, plc. Dr. Palmer received his BS in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, dual Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering as well as MD and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Following graduation, Dr Palmer worked as an entrepreneur for 3 years leveraging his custom, fully coupled, multiscale finite element modeling code for research and consulting in the areas of composites and the analyses of age related changes in skeletal muscle. Dr. Palmer then returned to academia serving for 5 years as a tenure track faculty member at the University of Michigan with dual appointments in Kinesiology and Biomedical Engineering. While serving as a faculty member, Dr. Palmer's research was focused on image-based modeling for Orthopedic injury mechanisms and procedures. In 2014, Dr. Palmer was recruited to Medtronic where his current role includes serving as an R&D Consultant and Technical Advisor for Medtronic Business Units world-wide, identifying and managing external collaborations, and leading the long range R&T strategy for human simulation.

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Dr. Ir. Alireza Parandian

Business Developer, Materialise - Keynote speaker, Belgium
20 APRIL : Yuniku: World’s First Vision-Centric 3D Tailored Eyewear
Dr. Ir. Alireza Parandian

Alireza Parandian leads the global business strategy for additive manufactured wearables at Materialise. After completing his PhD research in emerging technologies and strategy articulation at the Delft University of Technology, he co-founded a company called InnovationFab in 2012 where he gained extensive experience in facilitating the use of new technologies to create breakthrough product innovations and led multiple European funded projects on Digital Fabrication. Since 2014, his multidisciplinary background has led him to further develop Materialise’s strong co-creation culture, resulting in long-standing collaborations and truly meaningful applications for Additive Manufacturing.

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Rachel Park

Writer & Editor , RPES, UK
21 APRIL : Are We Prepared for an Additive Future?
Rachel Park

An accomplished print and web Editor with more than 20 years’ experience working in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing sector, Rachel has a great track record when it comes to leading publications and websites to success. Over the years she has built a considerable reputation for covering this emerging industry in an accessible and realistic way. With an extensive network of contacts and longevity within the sector her perspective on the 3D printing landscape is far-reaching and inclusive. She now works entirely on a Freelance basis.

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Dr. Aalpen A. Patel

Medical Director 3D Laboratory, Geisinger Health System, USA
20 APRIL : Hospital Management and 3D
Dr. Aalpen A. Patel

Aalpen A. Patel, MD, FSIR
A physician engineer, active teacher and researcher, he has a special interest in 3D printing, machine and deep learning, mathematical modeling of biological processes, and informatics.  He is the Chairman of Radiology for Geisinger Health System, Vice Chair of Informatics and Quality and the Medical Director for 3D Imaging and Printing laboratory.  Dr. Patel has published 90 research articles, review articles, textbook chapters and abstracts and has given several lectures at regional, national and international radiology meetings.
Dr. Patel is an electrical engineer and clinically he is an Interventional Radiologist and his clinical research interests include dialysis access management and interventional oncology.  He trained at Temple University Hospital and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Dr. Patel began his career in 2001 as Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an Interventional Radiologist at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
He led Radiology and Interventional Radiology simulation program at Penn Medicine Clinical Simulation Center.  He has been in various leadership positions at Geisinger for past 6 years.  He is boarded in Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Clinical Informatics and a Fellow in the Society of Interventional Radiology.

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Gil Perez

SVP, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP, USA
21 APRIL : Industrial 3D Printing, Digital Manufacturing and Business Networks
Gil  Perez

Gil Perez is SAP Senior Vice President IoT & Digital Supply Chain. Gil is a member of the SAP SE Product & Innovations executive team and is responsible for developing and commercializing a range of SAP Leonardo solutions enabling digital transformation for digital assets, extended supply chain and IoT. In that context Gil is also leading the SAP Distributed Manufacturing effort, which is SAP solution for 3D printing. Gil has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software and new product introduction for multiple vertical industries while working at SAP and numerous startups. Gil brings a rich and diverse background as a co-founder, investor and senior executive in 5 companies which were acquired. Three of the five companies were acquired by SAP AG. Gil is based in Palo Alto, CA.

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Prof. Thierry Rayna

Professor of Innovation & Technology Management, Novancia Business School Paris, France
21 APRIL : The Power of Co-Creation in Innovation Management
Prof. Thierry Rayna

Thierry Rayna if a Professor of Innovation & Technology Management at Novancia Business School Paris. Beforehand, he spent 10 years in the UK, where he held positions at Imperial College London, London School of Economics, UCL and University of Cambridge. Thierry is a Digital Economy specialist and his research investigates the changes, often radical, that digitisation brings about to businesses, industries, and the economy as a whole. His recent research focuses on the transformational effects of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, in particular how this ‘new’ set of technologies disrupts business models and innovation ecosystems. Thierry has served as an advisor for companies in the cultural and creative industries, telecom, as well as policymakers. He also mentors start-ups (three of which are at the moment directly involved in 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing). Prof. Rayna is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.

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Reto Rindlisbacher

CEO, Tailored Fits AG, Switzerland
21 APRIL : Tailor-Made Ski Boots
Reto Rindlisbacher

Graduated: 1990 University of St. Gall, Switzerland, lic.oec.HSG


  • 1990-1993 Trisa AG, Triengen, SWI, export marketing manager (mouth care products).
  • 1994-2004 Voelkl (International) AG, Baar, SWI, marketing manager for ski and tennis equipment from 1998 managing director and growing the Völkl ski brand from 5% to 11% market share.
  • 2005 founding rr sports consulting gmbh, Stans, SWI, developing the ski boot brand Nordica into a winter sports brand, adding and launching ski collections; doing some consulting for some smaller companies in the winter sport segment
  • 2007-2014 managing director for the Nordica brand within the family owned Tecnica Group S.p.A, Giavera del Montello, ITA, leading the brand, developing the distribution network i.e. founding and building up a subsidiary in Japan, establishing the brand as a winter sports equipment brand, developing and implementing a global brand strategy (positioning, marketing, distribution, product)
  • 2015 consulting the Tecnica Group , ITA, in regards to a new approach to go to the rental market (profound market analysis, developing a new marketing strategy)
  • 2015 founding tailored fits prolab gmbh, Horw, SWI 2016 transforming the tailored fits prolab gmbh into TAILORED-FITS AG, Horw, SWI. Acting as CEO and focusing on the development of the company and its projects in the field of 3D printed tailor-made sports footwear and protection gear.
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Andreas Saar

VP Manufacturing Engineering Solutions, Siemens PLM - Keynote speaker, USA
20 APRIL : Additive Manufacturing Reshapes Everything.
Andreas Saar

Andreas Saar is a Vice President in the Manufacturing Engineering Solution business segment of Siemens PLM Software.  In his current role, Andreas is responsible for the Additive Manufacturing Program Initiative within Siemens PLM Software which includes the definition, implementation and market introduction of a global end-to-end additive manufacturing solution based on Siemens software and technology.
In this role, Andreas also coordinates and manages Additive Manufacturing research, technology adoption, and partner / vendor relationships across Siemens business units.
Andreas has 30+ years of experience in manufacturing and software development. He joined the company in 1994 and has since then worked in various leading positions across product and business development with a focus on Digital Manufacturing.
Andreas holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Business from the University Darmstadt/Germany.

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Dr. Thomas Schouman

CMF Surgeon, Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière, France
21 APRIL : Seven Years of Experience With 3D Printed Patient-Specific CMF Implants
Dr. Thomas Schouman

Thomas Schouman, M.D., Ph.D., is a maxillofacial surgeon working at Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris.
The Department of Maxillofacial Surgery is the biggest facial trauma center and one of the top oral cancer treatment centers in France. Consequently, facial reconstruction is also a major field. Dr. Schouman is dedicated to reconstructive and orthognathic surgery and is leading the management of trauma cases. He was involved in the development of custom-made medical devices through a long-standing research collaboration with OBL-Materialise, which led to the routine use of such custom-made guides or implants since 2010 for fibula free flap reconstruction, orthognathic cases or trauma sequels for instance.

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Prof. Ian Stockley

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals The University of Sheffield, UK
21 APRIL : 3D Printed Implants
Prof. Ian  Stockley

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon since 1991 specialising in hip surgery.
Major clinical interests; diagnosis and management of infection, reconstruction of the pelvis and femur following major bone loss

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Philip Tack

Health Economist, Ghent University, Belgium
20 APRIL : 3D is Here, But Can We Afford It Moving Forward?
Philip  Tack

Philip Tack holds a master in business engineering and a bachelor in medicine and combined those interests in pursuing a PhD in Health Economics focusing on the value of medical 3D printing.

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Mark Truman

Head of White Space, Jaguar Land Rover, UK
21 APRIL : Are We Prepared for an Additive Future?
Mark  Truman

Mark Truman runs the White Space Team  within Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations'. This team is responsible for many of the new product concepts and developments that happen on some of Jaguar Land Rovers most highly sought after vehicles. Mark has worked with many automotive OEM's helping them deliver both dedicated teams and new strategies for innovation development, as well as working to create some of the more technology driven projects that these companies produce.

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Kristel Van den Bergh

Corporate Innovations Manager, Materialise, Belgium
21 APRIL : Innovating the Future
Kristel Van den Bergh

Kristel is a creative intrapreneur with a deep passion for people, technology and innovation. Over the last years she has led various international product innovations 360° - from market research, strategic planning,  to orchestrating the cross-functional execution. She has had the opportunity to work in varied sectors and geographies, including Europe, China, and North Africa. In her current role as an Innovation Manager at Materialise, she’s championing the development of a new wearable for the geriatric market. In parallel, she assist organizations from different sizes and industries to identify sweet-spot opportunities of 3D Printing, and helps translate these into game-changing applications via co-creation journeys.

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Bart Van der Schueren

CTO, Materialise, Belgium
21 APRIL : Trends in Metal 3D Printing
Bart Van der Schueren

Materialise Executive Vice President Bart Van der Schueren obtained a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1990. After graduation, he served as a liaison between the university and the newly founded Materialise, and established the basic research activities for the company. After receiving a PhD in Metal Selective Laser Sintering, Bart officially joined Materialise in 1995 and led the development of its service bureau. Over the years, his dedication and expertise enabled the bureau to grow into one of the most prominent Additive Manufacturing facilities in Europe. Today, Bart is focused on production, engineering services and software development, and continues to be a driving force in the AM industry.

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Wilfried Vancraen

CEO, Materialise - Keynote speaker, Belgium
20 APRIL : Welcome to the Future Called Reality
Wilfried Vancraen

Materialise CEO Fried Vancraen began his career in 1985 after receiving a Master of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. Working as a Research Engineer and Consultant at the Research Institute of the Belgian Metalworking Industry, Fried discovered 3D Printing. Passionate about this new technology, and firm in his belief that it could help create a better and healthier world, he founded Materialise in July 1990. Fried holds several patents related to the technical and medical applications of 3D Printing and remains committed to using the technology to make positive changes in people's lives. In recent years, Fried has been awarded the RTAM/SME Industry Achievement Award, the highest honor in the 3D Printing industry, has been selected as the most influential person in Additive Manufacturing by industry professionals and TCT Magazine, and has been listed one of the five leading players in his sector by the Financial Times. He is also the recipient of a 2013 Visionaries! Award from the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

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Prof. Jos Vander Sloten

Professor Biomechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
20 APRIL : Q&A
Prof. Jos Vander Sloten

Jos Vander Sloten (°1962) obtained his MSc and PhD in mechanical engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in 1985 and 1990 respectively.  Currently he is full professor within the Division of Biomechanics at KU Leuven.  He chairs the Leuven Medical Technology Centre (L-MTC), which he founded in 2008.  His teaching assignments are engineering mechanics, problem solving and engineering design, computer integrated surgery systems. From 2006 to 2012 he served as programme director of the Master in Biomedical Engineering at KU Leuven.

His research interests are computer applications in musculoskeletal biomechanics and computer integrated surgery, on which he authored more than 160 journal papers.  He is member of the council of the Belgian Society for Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, and a former council member of the European Society of Biomechanics.  In the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES) he served as secretary-general (2003-2004), president-elect (2005) and president (2006). He was recently elected Founding Fellow of EAMBES.

He is a co-founder of the spin-off company Custom8, member of the board of directors of the company Materialise NV

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Peter Verschueren, MSc, PhD

Medical Product Director, Materialise, Belgium
21 APRIL : Patient Murphy and What to Do When Things Go Wrong
Peter Verschueren, MSc, PhD

Peter Verschueren has a Master in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Sciences, a one-year specialization in Biomedical Engineering Techniques and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Leuven.

He joined Materialise 9 years ago and is currently the Medical Product Director. His expertise and interest are rooted in medical imaging, image-based 3D reconstruction and 3D printing technologies, and their application in the clinical setting.
He manages the Product Managers responsible for both software and hardware-based medical applications. His international team provides the link between the user’s needs and the solutions Materialise can provide or develop.
He is author and inventor of multiple medical device innovations and related patents and ongoing patent applications.

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Prof. Marco Viceconti

Professor of Biomechanics and Scientific Director, The University of Sheffield, UK
21 APRIL : The Virtual Patient
Prof. Marco Viceconti

Marco Viceconti holds the chair of Biomechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Sheffield, UK, and serves as Executive Director of the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine (, a joint initiative of the University of Sheffield and the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is also professor associate in the department of Oncology and Metabolism. Prof Viceconti is an expert of musculoskeletal biomechanics in general, and in particular in the use of subject-specific modelling to support the medical decision. He is one of the key figures in the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) community: he is the President of the VPH Institute, an international no-profit organisation that coordinates this research community, and has recently concluded the coordination of the Avicenna action, which road-mapped the emerging topic of “in silico clinical trials”, where subject-specific modelling is used in the development and assessment of biomedical products.

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Erik Vollebregt

Lawyer, Axon, the Netherlands
21 APRIL : 3D and Healthcare: What Do the Regulators Say?
Erik Vollebregt

Erik has 18 years experience as IP and regulatory lawyer. After his traineeship in the antitrust department of the European Commission he worked at international law firms in Brussels and Amsterdam. He is one of the founding partners of EU life sciences niche firm Axon in 2011 and of the Alliance of European Life Sciences Law Firms.
His practice comprises advice to and litigation for clients from the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries in legal, regulatory, intellectual property and anti-trust matters.
Erik is member of Eucomed’s Data Protection Task Force and COCIR’s data protection committee.
He sits on European Commission’s Medical Devices Expert Group on New and Emerging Technology’s Special Interest Groups on mHealth, 3D printing and Horizon Technologies.
Erik is member of the mHealth Stakeholder Group chaired by DG Connect of the European Commission
He is visiting teacher at several universities on the subjects of regulation of medical bioprinting and robotics in healthcare.

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André Walter

Head of Site & Plant Airbus Bremen, Airbus Operations GmbH - Keynote speaker, Germany
20 APRIL : Advanced Material Technology in Aircraft Industry
André Walter
  • 1988 - 1994 Studies of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hannover
  • 2002 Doctor Thesis at the University of Bremen
  • 1994 - 2006 Technical Manager at the Department of Manufacturing Technology, Institute for Materials Science, University of Bremen
  • Since 2006 Airbus Operations GmbH Bremen
  • Current job: Head of Site & Plant Airbus Bremen
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Dee Dee Wang, MD

Director, Center for Structural Heart Disease, Henry Ford Health System, USA
21 APRIL : Critical Role of 3D Technology in Transcatheter Mitral Valve Therapies
Dee Dee Wang, MD

Dee Dee Wang, M.D., FACC, FASE, FSCCT is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and served as chief medical resident at the University of Michigan. She completed her general cardiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, and went on to do an additional fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging with an emphasis on structural heart and transcatheter valve replacement therapies.

Dr. Wang is a Level 3 Cocats trained in Echocardiography (with 3D TEE), Nuclear, and Cardiac CTA; and a Level 2 Cocats trained in Cardiac MRI and Cardiac PET. She specializes in Interventional Imaging in Structural Heart Interventions including Transcatheter mitral valve replacement therapies, tricuspid interventions, mitral e-clip, complex TAVRs/adult-congenital cases, LAA interventions, and ASD/PFO closures.

Dr. Wang’s research interests are focused on advancing patient safety and procedural outcomes utilizing 3D+4D imaging and 3D printing for high-risk Structural Heart Interventions. She is currently the Director of Structural Heart Imaging at Henry Ford Hospital’s Center for Structural Heart Disease, Medical Director of 3D Printing at the Henry Ford Innovations Institute, Clinical Assistant Professor with Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and the Director of the Cardiac CT CoreLab at Henry Ford Hospital’s Center for Structural Heart Disease.

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