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TITANIUM USA 2017 Conference in Florida to Feature "Ti in Medical Technology" Speaker Session

Tuesday, September 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
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TITANIUM USA 2017 Conference in Florida
to Feature "Ti in Medical Technology"
Speaker Session
Don Urbanowicz,
Principal - Urbanowicz Consulting, LLC
Dr. Prabhu Gubbi,
Research Manager -
Zimmer Biomet
Dean Hutchinson,
Product Manager, Shoulder Arthroplasty Team - Arthrex
Shawn Chaney,
Business Development Manager - Fort Wayne Metals Research Corp.
The ever-expanding use of titanium in the medical industry will be a topic among the featured speaker panel sessions at TITANIUM USA 2017, the 33rd annual conference and exhibition sponsored by the International Titanium Association (ITA), based just outside of Denver, Colorado USA. The conference will be held October 8-11th at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida USA, with the medical technology session slated for the afternoon of Monday, October 9th.

"The Global Orthopedic Industry: A High Altitude View," will be the title of a presentation by Don Urbanowicz, principal at Urbanowicz Consulting LLC, Chatham, NJ. Urbanowicz will examine the global orthopedic industry, including the opportunities and issues expected to be encountered over the next five years. The talk will include an overview of worldwide market growth and competition, along with a discussion of the resultant impact of post-recession, post-reform and the current FDA climate on medical device companies (and each of their key departments, including marketing, product development, regulatory, reimbursement, operations and quality), hospitals, surgeons, patients and payers.

Urbanowicz Consulting (website: is a medical device advisory firm with a musculoskeletal focus, seeking to enable prospective clients to achieve their strategic and transaction-related goals by capitalizing on market opportunities. Don Urbanowicz has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has held senior management/leadership positions at Stryker, Smith & Nephew, Sofamor Danek and Aircast.

Dr. Prabhu Gubbi, research manager, Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, IN, will discuss "The Role of Titanium in Implant Dentistry." Titanium implants are used to mimic the functionality of a natural tooth root by acting as an anchor, as well as to provide feature(s) to support for a prosthetic connection. Although various metals have been utilized for dental implants such as stainless steel, and cobalt alloys, titanium and its alloys are still the most widely used materials in dentistry. While Ti-6Al-4V alloy is considered to be one of the most favored metallic materials for biomedical applications, commercially pure titanium often is preferred over the titanium alloy counterparts for endosseous dental implant applications, according to Gubbi.

The surface characteristics of an endosseous dental implant play a substantial role in the osseointegration phenomenon through contact osteogenesis. In particular, engineered surfaces of specific chemistries, geometries, and topographies have been theorized to influence osteoconduction mechanisms such as protein absorption, clot retention and platelet interactions. Gubbi will explain that by influencing this cascade of events, the rate and extent of bone formation may be accelerated resulting in reduction in the healing time for osseointegration.

Zimmer Biomet (website: develops implantable devices, components, and associated surgical techniques, and provides expert services in the selection of optimal materials, characterization of materials behavior, failure analysis, formal mechanical testing of materials for medical device and other applications, and biocompatibility assessments.

"Opportunities for Materials Innovation in Orthopedics" is the title of a presentation by Dean Hutchinson, product manager/shoulder arthroplasty team, Arthrex Inc. Hutchinson will point out that there are several ways for materials research to benefit the orthopedic industry. While overall cost of treating patients continues to be a challenge, Hutchinson will explain that there are opportunities for raw material providers to create value by lowering overall patient treatment cost. "Challenges with infections and nickel allergies are real clinical problems that could be solved with innovative materials, and would demand an up charge for the devices," he states, according to an abstract of his presentation. He will discuss the economics of patient care in an attempt to frame market potential for the titanium industry. In addition, research and innovation should continue to push titanium forward for bony in-growth properties.

Based in Naples, Florida, Arthrex (website: is a global medical device company focusing on new product development and medical education in orthopedics. Working with surgeons, Arthrex has pioneered the field of arthroscopy and developed more than 11,000 innovative products and surgical procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopedics worldwide. The company has developed a comprehensive line of products to address the challenges of shoulder arthroplasty.

In addition to the Ti in Medical Technology session, ITA will host a new series of "Tech Talks" in the exhibition hall each afternoon. Fort Wayne Metals, Fort Wayne, IN (website:, will host one Tech Talk related to medical applications. Shawn Chaney, business development manager, Fort Wayne Metals Research Corp., will share his thoughts on "Nitinol Shape Memory Alloys: Advantages of Utilizing these Unique Alloys and their Applications."

Nitinol is a binary alloy with approximately equal parts of nickel and titanium, offering mechanical properties like no other metal. It is used in medical devices such as orthopedic implants, orthodontics, and cardiovascular stents. Because of Nitinol's unique properties such as shape memory, super-elasticity, corrosion resistance, and the ability to be controlled via temperature, it has many advantages in various applications in the medical device, automotive, industrial, and aerospace markets. Chaney's presentation will discuss the various Nitinol alloys, the unique properties of each and how they compare to other metals, applications for use, and their advantages.

Chaney, who joined Fort Wayne Metals in 2002, is responsible for new product development in the area of nickel-titanium alloys and applications and has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers/articles on metals and metals testing as well as presented at various technical conferences.

The annual TITANIUM conferences offer insights into the current state of the titanium industry, as well as provide high-value networking opportunities for titanium producers, original equipment manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, metallurgists, engineers and designers, and vendors who offer products and services to the global titanium community.

Michael C. Gabriele is a freelance writer on behalf of the International Titanium Association. Frank Perryman, President, Chief Executive Officer - Perryman Company is the TITANIUM USA 2017 Conference Chair, ITA's Medical Technology Committee Members include: Viv Helwig President, Vested Metals (Committee Chair); Bob Fletcher VP Purchasing, Structure Medical, LLC; Ric Snyder Product Manager, Fort Wayne Metals; Stephen Smith President, Edge International; Director; and Tom Zuccarini , Director Medical Market - Carpenter Dynamet.

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