Day One of the much anticipated Twin Cities Trip is in the books!
After a long early morning bus trip, we had an awesome time visiting HLT Medical and the St. Cloud State University Plymouth Campus.
At HLT Medical, David Elizondo and his team gave us an amazing inside look at everything that has gone into the development of their revolutionary transcatheter aortic valve replacement. We learned about processing of porcine pericardium, how nitinol can be formed into complex shapes, and how accelerated testing allows years of testing to be done in a matter of months. We also learned about all of the amazing opportunities that exist when you work at a small medical device company.
At St. Cloud State, we learned about their Master's programs that directly serve the medical device companies in the areas of quality, regulation and clinical research. An impressive panel of industry experts from companies like Medtronic, Roche and 3M explained the vital roles of these applied disciplines in medical device companies, as well as how someone with a biomedical engineering degree is well-situated to enter these high demand fields.
Special thanks to David Elizondo and Cathy Krier for putting on amazing programs at their sites!
We are looking forward to a day at the DMD Conference, with a quick visit to Boston Scientific in Arden Hills, on Tuesday. Three senior design teams will also be presenting their projects in the Student Design Showcase to cap of the day. Best of luck for these teams in the competition!