NEW YORK, NY— Every industry is being affected by advances in technology including artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things — and the medical and healthcare sectors are no exception. 

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Sara Tucker regularly works with clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device space, and on Dec. 11, she was among industry leaders speaking at the ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference in New York. 

Tucker spoke on a panel entitled “New Technologies and AI: Predicting Risks and Liabilities Associated with 3D Printing, Digital Diagnostic Healthcare Apps and Surgical Robotics.”  The panelists discussed how the progression of digital health innovation, the growing market of IoT, and BodyTech/wearable devices is likely to have an impact on the product liability regime. Co-panelists were Sheea Sybblis, Senior Counsel, Boehringer-Ingelheim; Terrence Dee, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; and Mildred Segura, Partner, Reed Smith LLP.

Topics included:

  • Prospective litigation and tort liability threats associated with the marketing and distribution of medical and health apps that may not perform as intended or advertised;
  • Emerging trends in surgical robotics product liability litigation;
  • Lessons learned from recent recalls of 3D printing devices; and
  • Theories of potential liability related to the design, development, functioning, maintaining and updating of these products. 

The ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference took place at the New York Marriott Marquis.  Womble Bond Dickinson was a sponsor of the event.  Other firm attendees included attorneys Katrina Caseldine, Jonathan Engram, Keith Munson, Morgan Persinger, Catherine Wrenn and Director of Client Service Rudy Gaines. 

Sara Deskins Tucker concentrates her practice on complex products liability litigation, primarily pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Sara has litigation and trial experience defending clients in high-stakes tort and mass tort cases in federal and state courts. She was selected by The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for its “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” award in 2019 and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine for each of the past five years.