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Pumps & Pipes 9: Discovery Pathways

On Dec. 7 2015, professionals from all three uniquely Houston industries gathered at the Houston Methodist Research Institute for the 9th annual Pumps & Pipes conference. What’s the difference between Pumps & Pipes and other technical conferences? – the difference is that we start with great things and learn from people who have done great things and pass it on. Passing on those insights has become a major focus of Pumps & Pipes. Chronicling a series of landmark achievements unveiled throughout the conference—from the first-ever autonomous navigation of a robotic catheter to the announcement of Euro Pumps & Pipes, a collaboration with Norway and continuously emphasized different ways of bringing STEM education into the classroom. To conclude the daylong event—which featured a live transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a keynote address by John B. Simpson, M.D., Ph.D., who helped catalyze the field of interventional cardiology and a networking session complete with 3D virtual reality imaging—a reception was held at Treviso Restaurant, co-hosted by the Texas Medical Center. While TMCx startup companies demonstrated their technology, a special presentation highlighted the Texas Medical Center’s vision for the future.

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