Medical Device’s Secret Weapon: R&D Driven Simulation…(and oh yeah, FDA supports it!)

Medical Device, Medical Device Clinical Trials, Medical Device Safety and Regulation, Medical Device Design,
  • Friday, June 22, 2018

The potential for proactive use of simulation and CAE in medical devices is huge: saving lives and saving millions of dollars for the industry. This is accomplished by optimizing designs for performance and reliability, reducing the number of required benchtop tests and clinical trials, as well as accelerating the regulatory approval process. Successfully employing simulation forms the fundamental basis for a sound product engineering practice and drives design excellence.

The successful use of simulation in product engineering begins at the concept stage, even before CAD exists. Using a process that tracks requirements, manages simulation/test requests and makes use of simulation to investigate innovative concepts before a physical prototype is built is key to effective innovation. As part of this process, system simulation techniques can be used to explore various concepts, optimize the architecture of a device and verify that performance goals are achieved. Hundreds of concepts can be explored in this way, far exceeding what could be accomplished by building prototypes and testing, resulting in more innovative and better performing designs.  

Additionally, since the concept has been thoroughly vetted on the computer, there is a high likelihood that requirements will be met without having to repeatedly iterate/backtrack through the detailed design effort. This results in faster product development, lower cost, fewer prototypes, faster time to release and much lower risk product performance issues.

This is the third webinar in a series of five stand-alone webinars that are covering the topic of design excellence/digital evidence for medical device companies. In this webinar, experts in the field will review concepts of design excellence and walk through a practical example to show how these concepts can be used to develop a more robust and innovative product development process.


Lionel Broglia, Business Development Manager, Siemens PLM

Lionel Broglia is Business Development Manager for system simulation activities in the following sectors: Heavy Equipment, Industrial Machinery, Energy, Consumer & Business, Marine and Medical. He has been involved in multi-domain system simulation since 1999, and had several positions such as Technical Sales, Account Manager, Technical Marketing, Product Manager and now Business Development Manager.

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Tom Phillips, Ph.D., Director, Simulation Portfolio Development, Siemens PLM

Tom Phillips is currently employed at Siemens PLM in the role of Director of Simulation Portfolio Development for Growth Industries in North America. Tom received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and has more than 25 years of experience relating to engineering simulation. In his current role, Tom helps Siemens PLM customers implement simulation into their engineering process to facilitate innovation, improve engineering efficiency and enhance product performance.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers
  • Designers
  • R&D Technical Staff
  • Engineering Management (Manager to VP level)
  • Design Management (Manager to VP level)
  • R&D Management (Manager to VP level)
  • Clinical Trial Responsible Persons

What You Will Learn

  • The potential for proactive use of simulation and CAE in medical devices
  • How simulation can reduce the number of required benchtop tests and clinical trials and accelerate the regulatory approval process
  • Why simulation in product engineering at the concept stage before a physical prototype is built is key to effective innovation

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Siemens PLM

Siemens PLM Software offers solutions for leading companies in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries that recognize the need for a product lifecycle management (PLM) platform to answer product development challenges. Our proven, flexible solutions help speed up innovation in pharmaceutical and medical device development, ensure quality, reduce costs and maintain adherence to ever-changing global regulations, including FDA compliance.

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