Atlanta, GA - The ECIA Regional Series event was held in Toronto last week and offered a great networking opportunity for ECIA members and industry peers from the area. Travis Stevens, vice president of engineering for medical wearable device company, Orpyx, kicked off the evening's presentations with a talk on these promising products. "Medical wearables offer the potential to revolutionize the treatment and delivery of health care through better management and understanding of chronic disease conditions by allowing for constant monitoring and new non-invasive treatments. However, unlike consumer devices, medical wearables have major technical and regulatory challenges to overcome," he explained. "For example, every 30 minutes somewhere in the world a limb is lost to a land mine. But every 30 seconds, a limb is lost due to diabetes, and many times this is entirely preventable." Stevens continued to explain how medical wearable devices can be part of the treatment of this and other medical conditions and how the North American electronics industry is uniquely positioned to be successful in manufacturing these products.

Calling themselves SWAT771, the all-girl FIRST® Robotics team from St. Mildred's High School in Oakville, Ontario introduced themselves and described their many award-winning, STEM promoting activities to the audience. Team Captain Vicki Wang briefed attendees on the team's 16-year history with the FIRST® competitions. According to the website, their most successful year to date was in 2007 when they came home with the gold medal from the Waterloo Regional and a week later became the first female team in the history of FIRST® to win the prestigious Regional Chairman’s Award. The team went on to attend the FIRST international Championship Event in Atlanta, Georgia. They have since also won the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award, and many others.

The evening ended with a well-researched and thorough update on the economy and ECIA's activities and programs from ECIA President and CEO John Denslinger. "This is not your father's economy. Market growth has moved to the slow lane while ASPs continue to erode. The components industry is increasingly challenged to deliver anything more than basic value as margins erode," he cautioned. Shifting gears, Denslinger then talked about ECIA’s value to the industry and the effective work of ECIA’s cross-functional teams. “Committed people solve real problems” he said confidently. “When members collectively tackle tough issues, the solutions are always amazing. Get involved and be a part of the solution.”

Presentations for the Toronto Regional Series can be found at www.ecianow.org.

About ECIA The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components to the end customer. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. For more information, visit www.ecianow.org or call 678-393-9990.

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