Careers in Expanding Biomedical Industry Highlight of Regional Conference

Apr. 13, 2010

The future of the expanding biomedical industry in upstate New York, including the latest trends, innovative research, and career options, will be the topic of a meeting this Friday hosted by the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Upstate New York Biomedical Engineering Career Conference will bring members of the Rochester-area biomedical community together, including engineers, researchers, students, and company representatives, to discuss a variety of industrial and academic career options. Participants will also learn about entrepreneurial activities and translational research in biomedical engineering. More information can be found on the event Web site at

The conference, organized by the BME Career Alliance, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester. The event, titled “Showcasing the Future of Biomedical Engineering,” is open to anyone with an interest in engineering and medicine, including high school and college students with an interest in the area. Registration fees are $25 for students, $40 for post-doctoral fellows, and $50 for faculty, staff, and industry members.

“If you are an engineer or a biologist trying to break into the job market in the multifaceted biotechnology field this is an event you cannot miss,” said Greg Gdowski, Ph.D., associate professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester. “Participants will learn about the diverse range of biotechnology specialties and meet representatives from biomedical companies from across the Northeast.”

More than 30 biotechnology companies, such as Johnson and Johnson Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Welch Allyn and Medtronic will attend the conference. Students and company representatives will have the opportunity to interact and exchange information on career opportunities.

Another highlight of this year’s conference is speaker Richard Baird, Ph.D., director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Training at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health. This is the first time the NIBIB has visited upstate New York, and represents a terrific opportunity for students to learn about training initiatives at the NIBIB.

In addition to Baird, Ian Cox, Ph.D., distinguished research fellow at Bausch and Lomb, and Jim Milch, Ph.D., director of research and innovation at Carestream Health, will speak at the event. Dr. Cox will discuss career choices and the differences between careers in industry versus academia, while Dr. Milch will speak about the process of transforming technology into biomedical products.

The session will include nearly 50 poster presentations by researchers from across upstate New York. Poster presentations will address a wide variety of topics spanning neuroengineering, biomechanics, ultrasound technology, cellular and tissue engineering, and applications of nanotechnology.  

The event is sponsored by the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, and the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute.