AMUG Confirms Keynote Speaker and Innovators Showcase Honoree

Jonathan Morris and Hans Langer featured in conference program.

Jonathan Morris and Hans Langer featured in conference program.

Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announces that Jonathan M. Morris, M.D., director of the 3D Printing Anatomic Modeling Lab at Mayo Clinic, and Hans J. Langer, Ph.D., founder of EOS GmbH and chairman of EOS Group, will be featured at the AMUG Conference. The conference runs from May 2-6, 2021, and will take place in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Morris will take the stage for a keynote presentation on point-of-care manufacturing, and Dr. Langer will share his experiences and insights during the Innovators Showcase. Dr. Morris and Dr. Langer will take attendees through their multi-year journeys toward achieving success. 

“The journeys of both men are fascinating,” says Carl Dekker, AMUG president. “But more importantly, those in attendance will walk away with valuable insights that assist in advancing additive manufacturing excellence. Having conquered challenging situations, their stories provide insightful guidance for professional development.” 

Dr. Morris’ expertise is in the use of point-of-care additive manufacturing for preoperative planning and custom surgical guides. That expertise was developed over a 16-year period in which he championed efforts to make additive manufacturing a standard of care. In his Thursday, May 6, keynote titled “The Rise of Point of Care Manufacturing: 16 years of Additive Manufacturing at Mayo Clinic,” Dr. Morris will describe the endeavors, obstacles and achievements when integrating the technology into medical practices. 

Clinically, Dr. Morris focuses on minimally invasive thermal ablation of tumors in the neuroaxis. He is a board-certified radiologist, CAQ Neuroradiologist, and medical director of Center for Biomedical and Scientific Visualization, Division of Experiential Learning at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Morris is also a consultant in the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic. Additionally, he is focused on the development and deployment of extended realities, VR/AR in medical education, intraoperative guidance, and medical capital equipment training.  

On Wednesday, May 5, Dr. Langer will be the honored guest for a relaxed interview in the Innovators Showcase. As the 2020 AMUG Innovators Award recipient, he will respond to questions with the intents of getting to know the man behind the innovations and offering guidance from his experiences. The Innovators Showcase is structured to be an intimate conversation between two acquaintances that is witnessed by all that attend the AMUG Conference. However, due to travel restrictions, this year’s conversation will be in a hybrid format—Dr. Langer will appear via pre-recorded video while Todd Grimm, the host, will appear on stage. 

Dr. Langer is chairman of the EOS GROUP, a family-owned business. As chairman, he is in charge of the strategic alignment of the EOS GROUP of companies. In 1989, he founded EOS with the vision to produce three-dimensional objects directly from CAD data, using laser technology. Dr. Langer expanded the company into an independent manufacturer of high-end solutions in additive manufacturing. Prior to the founding of EOS, Dr. Langer was active in research at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and managing director at General Scanning. He studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich and was awarded a PhD in laser technology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

Designed for both novice and experienced additive manufacturing users, the AMUG Conference agenda topics range from technology basics to advanced applications to business considerations. AMUG anticipates having over 100 presentations, workshops, and hands-on training sessions. The AMUGexpo will have over 90 exhibitors, and the event is supported by more than 70 sponsors. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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