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Smart MedTech is one of the five SEMI “Vertical Application Platform” initiatives chosen as key drivers of electronics development and market growth.  Medical electronics and digital health address a market undergoing tremendous disruption - and transforming the practice of healthcare. 

SMART MEDTECH

SEMI’s initiatives are focused on building communities, content and activities around critical and emerging electronics markets and connecting the medical electronics supply chain - including device manufacturers, designers, electronics component suppliers and developers - with the advancements being made in marrying electronics with biological functions.

The objective of the Smart MedTech effort is to bring together multiple stakeholders to speed the time to better digital health products and solutions.  Utilizing the power to connect, collaborate and innovate, SEMI gathers scientists, doctors, engineers and business development professionals from industry, government and universities from across the globe to address the common industry challenges and opportunities.

Why Smart MedTech?

Electronic medical devices have developed in much the same way as electronics have for business applications.  Developed as bulky, rigid devices, and pre-programmed with a pre-defined set of features.  Due to their critical, life-impacting functions, these devices have a very high regulatory burden and could only be operated by trained personnel. 

But the advent of light-weight, low-power, sophisticated sensors and semiconductors have changed the model and the very definition of healthcare from a doctor providing the analysis of ‘healthy’ to electronics detecting and analyzing health.  Demand for professional and personal products which detect and analyze health is skyrocketing and much of their availability is due to advancements in electronics which is expected to continue.

Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium – NBMC

SEMI, in 2016, integrated the FlexTech Alliance, which managed the Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC).  NBMC has been working since 2013 with the US Air Force, to develop materials, electronics, microfluidic devices and process, and algorithms to create low cost, wearable sensors to detect biomarkers from sweat.  The group has also created sensors for electrocardiography, functionalized biomarker sensors, hydrations sensors, some of which were self-powered.  Most of these devices communicate wirelessly, are flexible and incorporate high performance silicon devices that are bendable.  Learn more about the NBMC.

Where to Connect on Smart MedTech

SEMI is building on it Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC), hosting special Pavilions and partnering with key outside groups to bring information and project funding to the electronics industry. 

The rise of flexible, printed & hybrid electronics is a primary enabler of bringing electronics off rigid printed circuit boards and fitting them to the contours and movement of the human form.  SEMI’s Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference & Exhibition (FLEX 2019) and the MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress (MSTC) focus on this activity.  Learn more at FlexTech and the FLEX/MSTC website.

For more information on the SMART MedTech Initiative, contact Heidi Hoffman.