The sixth annual IEEE-NIH Strategic Conference will focus on point-of-care technologies (POCT) for healthcare, emphasizing funding opportunities and the promise and pitfalls of the journey from idea to the patient. The conference will provide a strategic forum in which clinicians, industry experts, innovation experts, researchers and students will examine how to define unmet clinical needs and successfully travel along the innovation cycle towards commercialization and patient impact. Clinical, technological, regulatory, and marketing aspects of this learnable process will be stressed. Small group sessions will do deep dives in commercialization bootcamp sessions. Recently-established Centers for POCT will highlight their funding opportunities for academic and industry innovators. “Speed dating” networking sessions will give innovators opportunities to privately discuss their technologies with Center leaders.

The overall goal of the strategic conference is to provide opportunities for stakeholders to explore collaborations and synergies to accelerate POCT technologies for improving global and deep space healthcare at an affordable cost.

Keynote speeches, panel discussions, a demonstration showcase and breakout sessions with leaders and stakeholders will address clinical needs, mastering the process of innovation, funding, and individual networking opportunities. In addition, a limited number of poster presentations will be included in the final program.

Who Should Attend:
All researchers, clinicians and students engaged in scientific and clinical research related to development and commercialization of healthcare applications are invited to attend. All stakeholders in healthcare innovations, delivery, maintenance, services and management are specifically encouraged to participate in the conference. Industries and businesses dealing with healthcare products, devices, pharma and payers, along with life-sciences-related sponsoring agencies and foundations are welcome to participate in the collaborative synergy addressing the future of healthcare innovations and point-of-care technologies in medicine.