First Annual NIU Medical Device Biomedical Engineering Forum

Focusing on the safety of patients in a world that changes rapidly and requires robust healthcare technology advances, these were the topics discussed along with lessons learned from COVID-19 related to biomedical manufacturing and emergency use authorization at the first annual Medical Device Forum Series hosted by the NIU Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Student Chapter and the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET).

The first event was held virtually on April 7 and had nearly 90 registrants from around the globe representing more than 12 countries. This event was the first in a series of three sessions that is hosted by the NIU BMES chapter and CEET. The next event on May 5 will be a keynote address given by Dr. Jesse Erenfeld, senior associate dean and professor of anesthesiology at Medical College of Wisconsin and Vanderbilt University and member of the board of trustees for the American Medical Association. Erenfeld will provide perspectives on technology needs for the healthcare industry and the constraints that the healthcare industry has faced in implementing this needed technology. His address is entitled, “Current Healthcare Technology Needs and Implementation Constraints”.

The final event on June 2 will bring together professionals from the Medical College of Wisconsin to discuss “Rapid Responsiveness” with emergency use authorization and advanced manufacturing and simulation in light of the global pandemic.

The inaugural BMES Medical Device Forum Series 2021 is free for participants. More information and registration can be found at




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