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Summary: EMBS Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30pm
Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School

Study of Fluorescence Spectroscopy Guided Optical Biopsy Needle for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Speaker: Amir Tehrani
CEO, Precision Biopsy, LLC

Abstract Summary:
Current prostate biopsy cores have a very low diagnostic yield. These biopsies often fail to diagnose prostate cancer since 90% of cores are histopathologically classified as benign. The concentrations of endogenous fluorophores in prostate tissue vary with disease states. Thus, fluorescence spectroscopy could be utilized to quantify these variations for identification of malignant lesions. We investigated clinical feasibility of a 14 gauge (1.98 mm) optical biopsy needle guided by fluorescence spectroscopy for real-time in vivo prostate cancer diagnosis. Study results show 72% sensitivity, 66% specificity, and 93% negative predictive value for in vivo and 75%, 80%, and 93%, respectively, for ex vivo malignant versus benign prostatic tissue classification. Hence, the optical biopsy needle can increase the diagnostic yield of prostate biopsies with consequent improvement in patient care.

Biography Summary:
Precision Biopsy is led by CEO Amir Tehrani, who has over 20 years of experience in management and operations, strategy, business development, marketing, design and development for Fortune 500 and start-up medical device companies.

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

Co-hosted Meeting With Solid State Circuit Society
Thursday April 20, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Texas Instruments Building E Visitor Center 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara

On the Relationship between Nyquist Rate and Healthcare: Silicon Systems to Close the Sub-Sampling Gap in Health Screening and Monitoring
Speaker: Professor Amin Arbabian
Stanford University

Abstract Summary:
Advances in healthcare technologies have undergone significant improvements, leading to higher survival rates and enhancements in quality of life. Nevertheless, current trends are unsustainable due to inefficiency in addressing specific critical diseases and skyrocketing national healthcare costs. An important example is cancer, where mortality rates have not seen major improvements, even with the tremendous technological advances in diagnostic imaging tools over the last four decades.

Preventive screening and continuous monitoring have the potential to completely change the landscape in the war against cancer and other complex disease states. Today, the human body is monitored/screened infrequently, in contrast with advanced electronic systems which are routinely and frequently monitored and calibrated. How do we bring new screening and monitoring technologies closer to the patients? This talk summarizes our work in this general space, from new directions in low-cost, portable, and semiconductor-based, RF-Ultrasound hybrid "Tricorder" imaging systems, to ultrasound-powered implantable devices that can measure, detect, and act upon local physiological changes through closed-loop neuromodulation or "electroceuticals."

Biography Summary:
Amin Arbabian received his Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley in 2011, and in 2012 joined Stanford University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering where he is also a School of Engineering Frederick E. Terman Fellow. His research interests are in high-frequency circuits and systems, medical imaging and screening technologies, and ultra-low power sensors and implantable devices.

Meeting is free, but registration is mandatory. Complete information and registration can be found here.

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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