UMass Lowell to Host Emerging Technologies Conference

09/28/2009


Irish Universities Partner with UMass Lowell to Present Cutting-Edge Research

LOWELL, Mass. ߝ UMass Lowell, in partnership with Queen’s University of Belfast and Dublin City University, will host the first U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference.

The international event ߝ set for Monday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the new UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center ߝ will feature experts from the three universities presenting and taking part in panel discussions on new research in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, nanotechnology and more. Representatives of companies leading the way in those fields will speak about how new technologies are being used in real-world manufacturing and product development.

“UMass Lowell, Queen’s University and Dublin City University share common goals of contributing to the innovation economy in their respective regions, each pursuing research in burgeoning industry sectors that present promise not only to grow businesses and create jobs, but to answer critical needs in the community,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan.

The conference offers a unique opportunity to learn from and interact with researchers and discover opportunities to work together to develop the next generation of innovative products.
Hundreds of businesspeople and researchers from around New England and beyond are expected to attend. Registration for the event is open through Friday, Oct. 16 (discounted rates end Oct. 1); information is available online at www.uml.edu/emergingtech.

The conference’s programs will delve into these key emerging technologies: biopharmaceuticals and bioprocessing, medical devices, nanomanufacturing for biomedicine and nano/biosensors.
Topics within those areas will run the gamut from new biomaterials to repair bones and using living cells in sensors to monitor environmental conditions to innovation in medical diagnostics and the challenges of clinical trials.

“This event offers the public the chance to tap into the expertise of academics and researchers from around the world in technologies that are the future of the global economy,” said Prof. Stephen McCarthy, co-director of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), who will be one of the conference’s presenters.

Each of the three universities hosts research centers that bring together resources and knowledge from the public and private sectors, including Dublin City University’s Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Queen’s University’s Polymers Research Center and UMass Lowell’s Massachusetts BioManufacturing Center, NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing and M2D2. Those centers, along with Ireland’s Center for BioAnalytical Sciences, will be represented at the conference. Presenters are also scheduled to include faculty from UMass Medical School and Northeastern University.

“This is a great illustration of how international partnerships, such as this one with Dublin City University and Queen’s University, can result in a first-class conference on areas that are the frontier of advancement in science and are very important to the economy,” said UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal.

For a full list of programs and presenters, as well as registration information, check out www.uml.edu/emergingtech.

UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 12,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.


 

For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224