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The Innovation Zone brings together the industry’s most revolutionary and exciting new products. Walk the zone at your own pace, see the future on display at booth 1400.
Check out the Innovation Zone, presented by the University of Minnesota (UMN), and experience the latest in technology advancement from the UMN Medical School, College of Science and Engineering, Institute for Engineering in Medicine, Bakken Medical Devices Center, and more.
UMN is driven to innovate with 1000+ labs, 300+ centers and institutes, 14,500+ researchers, performing work ranging from fundamental research to applied research with 1,100+ active patents, 2,800+ active licenses, and more than 180+ startups in a broad set of markets such as healthcare and automotive.
Find displays, interactive exhibits, and presentations from the UMN groups below at the Expo Floor Innovation Zone in Hall C. Continue down this page for information on UMN’s participation in this event’s Welcome Reception and the event’s Career Networking at the Innovation Zone.
Visible Heart Laboratories
UMN’s Visible Heart Laboratories are well known for their novel imaging techniques of cardiac anatomy and physiology. Research ranges from cellular and tissue studies to organ and whole body investigations. Visible Heart methodologies enable the reanimation of large mammalian hearts under simulated physiologic conditions, including human hearts. 3D-printed heart models, created utilizing MRI and CT scans from human hearts in the heart library, yield a unique perspective of the internal anatomy of the heart, the relative location of specific anatomical features, and how implanted devices interface with the heart.
Formula One Vehicles
Each year, the UMN team conceptualizes, designs, manufactures, and races an open wheel car under the FSAE regulations. The display will include the Go4-22c, an internal combustion engine car that was developed for the 2022 competition season.
Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center (BMDC)
Outfitted with mechanical, electrical, wet labs and a virtual reality lab, the BMDC uses real world challenges to develop clinical professionals and students working side-by-side to produce scalable solutions. BMDC’s MedWorx group provides expertise in segmentation, 3D printing, VR development, CAD file development and prototyping.
This UMN facility provides bioprinters, reagents, consumables, an automatic imaging system, and personalized training sessions to meet all of your bioprinting research needs.
Experimental Surgical Services (ESS)
Experimental Surgical Services at the University of Minnesota is more than just a contract research organization. From discovery to regulatory strategy to submission we are the industry leader in researching and testing pre-clinical medical devices and surgical techniques.
Minnesota Robotics Institute (MnRI)
The Minnesota Robotics Institute is an outcome of the University of Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative that brings together interdisciplinary researchers to solve grand challenges and increase Minnesota’s position as a worldwide leader in robotics research and education. We lead cutting-edge research, education, and outreach in robotics systems to enhance human well-being. From surgical robots to self-driving cars, robotics and computer intelligence are changing our lives at a rapid pace. Partnerships between the Minnesota Robotics Institute and local industry create unique opportunities for education and research that benefits all of society.
Institute for Engineering in Medicine & Advanced Technologies Center for the Preservation of Biological Systems
The UMN Institute for Engineering in Medicine turns science and engineering into medical practice. It’s mission is to drive innovation by fostering multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration with the regional medical technology industry and faculty from the University of Minnesota’s health sciences departments and College of Science and Engineering. IEM research collaborations aim at the development of innovative engineering solutions for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. UMN is proud to showcase one of newest Centers: the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies is a center for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio) aims to “stop biological time” and radically extend the ability to bank and transport cells, aquatic embryos, tissue, skin, whole organs, microphysiological systems (“organs-on-a-chip”), and even whole organisms through a team approach to build advanced biopreservation technologies.
Come by the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, November 2, 5-6:30 p.m., to check out UMN’s Solar Car. The care is entirely designed by students and has just returned from the American Solar Challenge, a 1,400 mile race across the Oregon trail. Connect with the UMN team as they move full-speed into building their next car, which will race across the entire country of Australia.
Career Networking at the Innovation Zone
Head to the Innovation Zone on Thursday, November 3, for a presentation from John Crombie, President of UpStart Product Development, on advancing your career in the next 3-5 years at 2:30 p.m.. Then stay for networking with UMN and local professionals organizations from 3-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.