“You Need To Be There”
AdvaMed’s annual conference returned to Boston in 2019 much larger and more spectacular than the last time the city hosted the event seven years ago. It was our biggest and best annual conference yet, achieving double-digit growth for the second year in a row with over 3,300 attendees representing more than 1,400 companies and stakeholder groups from 39 countries.
Attendees included stakeholders from all facets of the medtech industry – small, medium and large companies; local, national and international governments; academia; and the financial community – who were once again drawn by the value-added offerings that only AdvaMed’s annual conference provides. Offerings included 126 educational sessions addressing key regulatory, reimbursement, legal and compliance, business development and finance, and international issues.
Compelling topics included the importance of inclusion and diversity in medtech; the changing regulatory landscape in Europe, China, and America; the impact of shifting trade policies and reimbursement models; evolving cybersecurity practices and policies; digital health convergence; and entrepreneurship, capital formation and investment opportunities.
For the fifth year in a row, the conference also hosted the MedTech Innovator showcase and finals competition, including 50 early-stage companies competing for over $500,000 in prizes and a grand prize winner – Forest Devices – selected by live audience vote.
Conference highlights included a distinguished lineup of plenary speakers, including: CMS Administrator Seema Verma; Kevin Lobo of Stryker and Omar Ishrak of Medtronic; and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. There were also a number of compelling panel discussions: John Carlson of Flex Medical Solutions moderated a panel of research institute and hospital execs on the influence of the next wave of technology on medtech innovation, featuring J. Craig Venter of the Venter Institute, C. Michael Gibson of Baim Clinical Research Institute, Jeffrey Karp of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Susan Hockfield of MIT. Mike Minogue of Abiomed led a discussion on the current health care climate with health care strategist and medtech investor Jessica Hopfield and Dorothy Puhy of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, NBA hall of famer Bill Walton and Rolf Benirschke of Legacy Health Strategies shared how medtech helped them recover from debilitating health crises.
The conference also featured a reprise of our always-popular FDA Town Hall, led by CDRH Director Jeff Shuren. Meanwhile, AdvaMed President and CEO Scott Whitaker’s plenary address spotlighted AdvaMed’s own Wendy Siminski, a thriving breast cancer survivor, and Bo Minogue, who recently recovered from a serious ATV accident – providing powerful and moving examples of how medtech can save and improve people’s lives.
In one of the most moving and engaging moments of all, The MedTech Conference honored industry veteran Cathy Burzik with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, reflecting her successful leadership of companies across the spectrum of our industry, and a storied career that has intersected with some of the greatest medtech innovations in recent decades.
Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend in 2020 when The MedTech Conference travels to Toronto on Oct. 5-7!