Biomedical Day at UTEP

The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA), and BIO El Paso-Juarez (BIO-EPJ), are hosting a one-day conference focused on the biomedical industry. The goal of this event is to build connections and synergies between UTEP and the regional biomedical industry to achieve benefits for students, faculty and staff, and industry leaders. Biomedical Day @ UTEP will take place virtually on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Register to attend!


8:00 – 8:15 AM


Registration & Login

8:15 – 8:30 AM


Welcome Remarks

Dr. Patricia Nava, Interim Dean, College of Engineering, UTEP

Emma Schwartz, President, Medical Center of the Americas and CEO, BIO El Paso-Juarez

8:30 – 9:15 AM


Biomedical Industry Panel

Julio Chiu, Founder and CEO, Seisa

Mylena Walker, Director of Technical Services, Cardinal Health

Rogelio Chacon, HR Director, BD

Renato Acosta, Global Technical Services Engineer, Medtronic

9:15 – 9:20 AM


Participants go to breakout rooms

9:20 – 10:20 AM


Parallel Workshops:

Faculty, Staff, and Industry Workshop


Medical Device Industry from the Global to the Local Context

Guest Speaker:

Rocío Legarreta, Sr. Director, Quality Make, Medical Devices, LATAM, Johnson & Johnson


The presentation will cover topics around the industry in figures, steps in the MD process from conception to market, the regulatory environment around the Medical Device Industry, and the regulatory requirements for manufacturers.

Student Workshop

Topic: Engineering Tests Used for Design Performance and Validation of Medical Devices

Guest Speaker:

Marco Campos, Mexico Director, BEPC Inc.

10:20 – 10:25 AM


Participants Move to Main Room

10:25 – 12:00 PM


Faculty Research Presentations

Dr. Sylvia Natividad

Topic: Patient-Specific 3D Cardiac Tissue-on-a-Chip

Dr. XiuJun (James) Li

Topic: Point-of-Care Microfluidic Devices for Rapid and Low-Cost Detection of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Sreenath Chalil Madathil

Topic: Supply Chain Digital Twin for Planning, Economic Development, and Education

Dr. Thomas Boland

Topic: Advances in 3D Breast Tissue Fabrication for Drug Development and Tissue Reconstruction

12:00 – 12:05 PM



12:05 – 12:49 PM


Medical Device Startups and Product Developer Presentations

12:50 – 1:35 PM


Fireside Chat Presentation on the Future of the Biomedical Industry


Emma Schwartz, President, Medical Center of the Americas and CEO, BIO El Paso-Juarez

Sigfrido Delgado, Vice President, Orthopedics Business Unit, Jabil Healthcare

1:35 – 2:50 PM


Student Pitches

Britanny Payan-Baca - “3D printed microfluidic platform for cancer diagnosis through direct mRNA quantification at the point-of-care”

Sofia V Ortega - “Text analytics to measure patient experience using patient journey mapping”

Pedro Hernandez - “Low-cost fluorescence adapter for standard light microscopes in resource-limited sites”

Prajina Edayath - “Process mining to identify healthcare system factors that cause maternal health disparities”

2:50 – 3:50 PM


Parallel Workshops

Faculty, Staff, Industry Workshop

Topic: Implementing Industry 4.0, from Data to Value

Guest Speaker:

Javier Acosta, Mechatronics Automation

Student Workshop

Topic: Project Management Applied in the Medical Device Industry – Challenges and Opportunities

Guest Speaker:

Saul Favela, Co-Owner, Servicios Tecnologicos e Industriales Favela

3:50 – 4:00 PM


Closing Remarks

Dr. Patricia Nava, Interim Dean, College of Engineering, UTEP

Emma Schwartz, President, Medical Center of the Americas and CEO, BIO El Paso-Juarez

About The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso is America’s leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, 94% of our nearly 25,000 students are minorities, and half are the first in their families to go to college. UTEP offers 166 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs at the only open-access, top tier research university in America.

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