While most of the country is in the grip of the polar vortex, I’m thinking warm thoughts about places with palm trees—places like Anaheim, California, where I’ll be this month for MD&M West. February kicks off the first round of medical technology trade shows.

The International Society for Optics and Photonics leads off with SPIE Photonics West/BiOS at The Moscone Center in San Francisco from February 1 to 6. SPIE Medical Imaging follows from February 15 to 20 in sunny San Diego.

Medical Design & Manufacturing West at the Anaheim Convention Center, co-located with Pacific Design & Manufacturing, Electronics West, Plastec West, Automation Technology Expo West, West Pack, Aerocon, and Sustainable Manufacturing Solutions, runs from February 10 to 13. There are more than 2,000 exhibitors expected; Learning Labs in R&D, Design, Manufacturing, and Automation; a speed networking event; and innovation tours to point out the newest technology, innovations, and industry trends.

I am looking forward to sessions on accelerating speed to market through prototyping and 3D printing, medical device polymers and plastics, choosing materials for medical devices, applying human factors engineering, design control for quality, and testing method validation protocols, as well as exploring the exhibit hall to see the exciting products up close and in person.

Next month, I will be in Boston for BIOMEDevice from March 26 to 27 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Highlights of this conference are sessions on addressing the security concerns of wireless and cloud connected medical devices, next steps in Unique Device Identifier implementation, new materials, extending battery life, and regulatory guidance on mobile medical applications. Running alongside this event are Design and Manufacturing New England, Electronics New England, and PLASTEC New England.

April will bring the inaugural Medical World Americas Conference and Expo, from April 28 to 30 in Houston, TX. Inspired by world-renowned Medica and Compamed medical technology trade shows, this event will offer sessions led by top healthcare practitioners and educators covering topics including cardiology, oncology, hospital-acquired infections and occupational health, safety, and disaster readiness. The exposition will showcase new innovations technologies, products, and services shaping the future of patient care. Organizers have been working on this project for two years and are eager to deliver a premier event.

Will you be attending any trade shows this year? If you could pick just one, would your choice be dictated by location, industry coverage, price, training, speakers, sessions, or some combination of all?

If you spot me at any of these shows, feel free to stop me and introduce yourself. I always look forward to meeting our readers.

Beth G. Sisk

Editor