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Mark E. Brager
December 12, 2016

AdvaMed Names Brian O’Connor VP of Alliance Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today announced that Brian O’Connor has joined the organization as vice president of alliance development.

O’Connor will lead the association’s work in building alliances with patient groups, medical and professional societies, and other advocacy organizations and stakeholders, to advance shared goals, including expanded patient access to life-saving and life-improving medical technology innovations. In this role, he will also partner with other AdvaMed staff to lead the association’s State Medical Technology Alliance, a coalition of state-based lifescience trade associations.

“Brian is a proven leader in grassroots advocacy efforts who is passionate about educating stakeholders on the value of medical innovation and driving consensus-based solutions to our nation’s health care challenges,” said Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of AdvaMed.  

“Brian’s experience in stakeholder relationship building and leading issue advocacy with external groups will serve AdvaMed’s members well,” said JC Scott, AdvaMed chief advocacy officer and head of external affairs. “He is a great addition to the AdvaMed team.”

Previously, Brian was managing director, public affairs, at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), where he directed all aspects of BIO’s state and federal grassroots advocacy activity. He also developed and led strategic coalitions with member companies, associations, and other third-party stakeholders to advance consensus-based advocacy goals and educational efforts regarding legislative and other activities.

Prior to his most recent role, Brian served as BIO’s director of alliance development and grassroots advocacy, where he engaged on key legislative issues and coordinated the organization’s relationships with legislative, policy and patient advocacy groups. He has also served as BIO’s manager of state government relations, and as national finance director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.