June 12, 2018

Science is Personal

This is the final part in a three-part series about our themes…
Avatar Sumanth Kumar

This is the final part in a three-part series about our themes at this year’s Science in the Age of Experience Conference. Read the first post in this series, Science is Discovering and the second post, Science is Material.

“We are on a journey to transform the planning and execution of orthopedic surgeries and treatment by personalizing Precision Medicine. This disruptive technology will change current one-type-treatment-suits-all thinking to a personalized therapeutic approach that takes into account the patient’s unique anatomy and functional entities.” – Eric Halioua, CEO Digital Orthopaedics

This is an impressive statement from Mr.Halioua. It illustrates how advancements in drug discovery, medical devices, and surgical procedures are accelerating and significantly improving patient outcomes and quality of life. Yet, there is much more to accomplish. Scientific simulation, combined with patient data, are on the verge of creating the next breakthroughs in personalized healthcare.

These Life Science advancements will be front-and-center at the Science in the Age of Experience Conference in Boston, June 18-21. There will be presentations and breakout sessions dedicated to sharing knowledge related to biophysical simulation, tissue modeling, additive manufacturing, virtual surgery, lab management and data science, among a host of other relevant topics.

On Tuesday at the event, Dr. Bruno Ferré, Orthopedic Surgeon and Co-Founder, Digital Orthopaedics along with Eric Halioua, Co-founder and CEO, Digital Orthopaedics will be featured keynote speakers at the event. Their startup company is working to transform the planning and execution of orthopedic surgeries and treatment with the goal of Personalizing Orthopedic Treatment through the innovative use of ideation, modeling and simulation. Their presentation will describe how existing orthopedic surgical techniques often provide marginal outcomes, as they are “geometry-based” to simply re-position the bones, in particular the foot, into their original position. An improved approach is to consider—through virtual modeling—a “force-based” approach to orthopedic reconstruction of the foot. They will share their thoughts on how this approach promises to provide improved patient-specific outcomes.

In addition to modeling and simulation, 3D Printing, also referred to as Additive Manufacturing is also providing new opportunities for enhancing personalized health care. On Monday at the Science conference there will be a number of presentations related to Life Sciences during the Additive Manufacturing Symposium.

The conversation on personalized healthcare advancements will continue throughout the conference, as there will be presentations on the Living Heart Project, Drug Induced Arrhythmia, Abaqus Knee Simulator, Arthritis, Customized Medical Devices, Annuloplasty, Personalized Neuromodulation and more.

By enhancing and expanding the use of today’s design, modeling, simulation and manufacturing applications- powered by a collaborative and data-driven platform- researchers, designers, and clinicians will be able to collaborate on a global scale. This will accelerate discovery, learning, and knowledge that will improve patient healthcare and the quality of life for generations to come.

I hope to see you at the Science in the Age of Experience Conference or at other events this year to continue our conversation on Materials, Discovery, Personalization, and Sustainability.

I’m very interested in hearing your thoughts and experiences in the area of personalized healthcare or other industry applications.

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