NBMC Hosts 3rd Blood, Sweat & Tears Workshop - Nov. 2-3, 2016

NBMC Hosts 3rd Blood, Sweat & Tears Workshop – Nov. 2-3, 2016

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FlexTech’s Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) will hold the third in its popular workshop series, Blood, Sweat & Tears, on November 2 & 3, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. Subject matter experts will explore the market demands and manufacturing challenges for medically-relevant medical and environmental monitoring systems.   This workshop will feature four topics with presentations and then focused breakout discussions on:  end users reliability issues; chemistry/microfluidics; sensors; power, communication & electronics.   Speakers include representatives from GE Global Research, MEMs & Sensors Industry Group, Univ. of Cincinnati, Dublin City University, AZ Center for Integrative Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and a special keynote address from the White House – Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  Visit www.nbmcworkshop.org for a detailed look at the agenda.

Blood, Sweat & Tears (BS&T) is a series of workshops exploring nano-bio electronics and wearable human monitoring technologies and applications.  Since August 2015, NBMC has been conducting these forums for the understanding, education, and promotion of non-invasive human performance monitoring technology and manufacturing.  BS&T I brought together industry and university innovators to explore current products, current research innovations, technical vision and challenges.  BS&T II targeted users’ needs and specifications for today’s medical professionals and their patients: Army and Air Force soldiers and pilots and high performance athletes.

NBMC has funded several R&D projects based on technology gaps and new challenges discovered at these workshops.  Indeed, NBMC recently issued a Request for Proposals, with White Paper proposals  The solicitation has three parts. The first two parts are focused on technological gaps encountered in the development of human performance monitoring systems. The third is an open solicitation requesting proposals focused on other applications for flexible sensor nodes and electronics that would be of value to the Air Force. Most projects will be required to start at TRL/MRL 4 and developing the technology and manufacturing to TRL/MRL 6. Design for manufacturing, as well as standardized testing to establish current performance, are important. The maximum award for any single project under the first two parts is $0.500 million. The maximum award for any single project under the third part is $0.250 million and projects should be approximately 6 months in duration.

The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) is an industry-led, public/private partnership, managed by FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, with the goal of providing a common platform for flexible hybrid and printed electronics and their supplier base of manufacturing equipment and materials. The goal is to create an industrial commons that will accelerate technology development, introduce open architecture concepts, and integrate manufacturing early to accelerate the risk reduction of technology, manufacturing and supply chain relationships.