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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Santa Clara Valley Chapter

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology provides the opportunity to stay informed about developments in technology and medicine associated with all types of biomedical engineering.

EMBS meetings include the opportunity to sit down with the speaker over dinner before the formal presentation. Get details here.

Summary: EMBS Meeting
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30pm
Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School

Title: Early results from proof of concept clinical trials with G-Tech Medical's "EKG for the Gut"
Speaker: Steve Axelrod
CEO of G-Tech Medical

Abstract Summary:
Motility, the movement through the digestive tract of what starts out as food, is usually taken for granted, until something goes wrong. Fifteen to twenty percent of the population suffer from symptoms of abnormal motility, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In addition, regaining normal motility is key in the recovery from abdominal surgery. G-Tech has developed electrode patches worn on the abdomen that read electrical signals emanating from the muscles of the stomach, small intestine and colon when they are active - driving motility - that are thin, wireless and non-invasive. The data is transferred to a cloud server for analysis.
G-Tech has launched clinical trials on patients recovering from abdominal surgery at El Camino Hospital and from Whipple surgery at Stanford. We have also been part of a study run by the Parkinson's Institute looking at the relationship of GI measures to Parkinson's Disease symptoms. Interesting results have been obtained in these cases and also in volunteer tests, and will be described in the talk.

Biography Summary:
Steve holds a BS in Physics from UConn and a PhD in Elementary Particle Physics from Yale. After graduation he took a postdoc position at Stanford and when that ended refused to leave the Bay Area. In 2003 Steve joined Xoft Inc., a startup developing a 2mm diameter 50kV X-ray source for radiation therapy applications, and has been in the medical device field ever since. He has been CEO of G-Tech Medical since joining the company in late 2011. Steve has been in individual contributor and various levels of management roles, but has never been able to fully break away from the science and technology.

More information, dinner invitation, and maps can be found here.

Summary: Computer Intelligence Society Meeting
Monday December 4, 6:30pm: Networking and snacks, 7:00 - 8:30pm: Seminar
Texas Instrument Building E, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara

Title: Deep Learning in Biomedicine and Genomics: An Introduction and Applications to Next-generation Sequencing and Disease Diagnostics
Speaker: Mark DePristo

Abstract Summary:
I will review the history and taxonomy of machine learning and artificial intelligence, introduce deep learning, highlight a few deep learning applications to biomedical problems across the field, and do a deep dive into three recent deep learning applications from Google Brain.

Biography Summary:
Mark DePristo has been a Google software engineer since 2015. He leads the Google Brain Genomics team that works on advancing the capabilities and applications of deep learning for genomics problems.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Go here for more information and registration. A $5 donation is requested from people who are not CIS members.

Summary: IEEE Consultants Network of Silicon Valley Meeting
Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Networking, registration, and refreshments: 7:00 pm. Presentation: 7:30 pm to 9 pm
SEMI, 673 S Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas

Title: Making Every Drop Count in Biomedical Analysis
Speaker: Giacomo Vacca, PhD
Kinetic River Corp.

Abstract Summary:
Have you ever wondered about how a sample of your blood is analyzed? Blood draws make people squirm - not to mention biopsies. Because of the scarcity and value of a biological sample, many methods have been invented to make the most out of very little. By multiplexing several measurements, each interrogation extracts multiple parameters from each sample. This process saves time and cost.
In this talk, CNSV member Dr. Giacomo Vacca will review a range of multiplexing principles used in biomedical applications.

Biography Summary:
Giacomo Vacca, PhD, is an award-winning physicist, entrepreneur and inventor. He has developed and launched hematology analyzers and flow cytometers, and is the recipient of 28 issued US patents (with 27 more pending). He is Senior Member of both SPIE and the Optical Society. He is the founder of Kinetic River.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Go here for more information and registration.

Give Back through the EnCorps Teaching Fellowship for STEM Professionals. Mid year Application Deadline is 11/20/17

The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program empowers STEM industry professionals to transform public education through teaching in high needs schools. Heading into their 10th year of public service, EnCorps offers a selective Fellowship through which STEM professionals can give back to students in need in a highly supported, low-risk way and explore a new career in teaching. EnCorps provides comprehensive training and support so Fellows are able to engage effectively with students and achieve real impact.

If you would like to learn more about how you can use your technical expertise and professional experience to help students, please join EnCorps next live webinar (or watch a recorded one), read their applicant FAQs, or get in touch with David Taus.

SF Bay Area Director - or 510-708-3224.

When you are ready, you can start your application to the EnCorps Fellowship here. The mid-year deadline for our 2018 cohort of Fellows is November 20, 2017, apply now!

Bio2device Group Meeting
The Bio2Device Group (B2DG) is a premier organization dedicated to all professionals in the Life Sciences industry within the San Francisco Bay Area. Membership is free and open to anyone in the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device, Diagnostics, Healthcare, Life Science Tools, and Laboratory Service industries.

The Bio2Device Group's events provide the latest industry information through weekly educational programs and face-to-face interactive opportunities to build and maintain a career network. The educational talks are designed to help members keep up to date, continue to grow in their field, as well as explore other industry sectors and corporate functions.

More details are here.

SF Bay Area Biomedical Engineering Society Quarterly Meetings
February 7, May 2, August 1, and November 7 in 2017

The Mission of the BMES is to build and support the biomedical engineering community, locally, nationally and internationally, with activities designed to communicate recent advances, discoveries, and inventions; promote education and professional development; and integrate the perspectives of the academic, medical, governmental, and business sectors.

For more information, contact Denise Forkey, Co-Founder and President, (650) 799-9258 or

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