MichBio to hold first ‘Medical Device Summit’

ANN ARBOR—MichBio, the biosciences industry trade organization, announced Monday that it would present its first Medical Device Summit in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, May 22.

The event is intended to give industry professionals, students, and educators the opportunity to convene for education and networking specific to the medical device sector of the biosciences industry.

“The medical devices sector in Michigan is a major contributor to state’s economy,” says Stephen Rapundalo, MichBio president and CEO. “Western Michigan is a major hub for medical device organizations creating synergy and encouraging innovation that improves and saves lives.”

MichBio officials say Michigan’s medical device sector employs more than 11,600 people in 300-plus companies, contributes more than $14 billion to the economy, and sustains some of the highest paying jobs in the state. Michigan now has the 11th largest medical device industry among the 50 states.

Keynote speaker for the event is Jeffrey Shuren, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a post he has held since 2009. Shuren joined the FDA in 1998; his earlier positions included acting deputy commissioner for policy, planning, and budget; associate commissioner for policy and planning; and special counsel to the principal deputy commissioner. He is board certified in neurology and served as an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Cincinnati.

Also providing a “state of the industry” speech will be Greg Crist chief advocacy officer and head of external affairs at the Advanced Medical Technology Association, or AdvaMed. In his role, Mr. Crist is responsible for the Association’s advocacy efforts, representing interests from tax and trade policies through regulatory issues before the FDA, CMS, EPA, and other federal agencies. He also leads the public affairs team, responsible for all research, message development, and communications for more than 400 global medtech companies.

The event will take place at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Secchia Center in downtown Grand Rapids, with a networking breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m. and finishing with an evening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $175 for MichBio members and $275 for nonmembers. For more information, or to register, visit michbio.org/MDSUMMIT2019.

Sponsors of the event include the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the MSU College of Human Medicine, the Radnor, Pa.-based research laboratory products distributor VWR International, and In2being LLC, a Saline-based medical device development services firm. Additional sponsorships are still available at levels from $250 to $5,000. For more information, visit https://www.michbio.org/page/MDSUMMIT2019_SPONSOR. Exhibitor spaces are also still available.

MichBio is a trade association for companies, academic and research institutions, and bioscience service providers in all its sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. More at www.michbio.org.

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