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November 10, 2014

AdvaMed Officially Opens China Office At Beijing Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            

November 10, 2014

AdvaMed Officially Opens China Office At Beijing Event

Beijing, China – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today announced the official opening of its representative office in Shanghai, China, during a ceremony in Beijing co-hosted by the Embassy of the United States of America.

On hand for the “ribbon-cutting” event at the Beijing Marriott Hotel Northeast were AdvaMed President and CEO Stephen J. Ubl and over 100 invited dignitaries, senior government officials, industry leaders and other health care stakeholders from China and the U.S. Attendees included leaders of the China FDA and other governmental agencies, hospitals and related health and scientific organizations, as well as senior U.S. Embassy and AdvaMed member company representatives.

“Today we celebrate the culmination of months of effort to officially open AdvaMed’s representative office in China,” Ubl said. “The new facility in Shanghai – where many of our member companies have their China headquarters – will substantially enhance the association’s ability to partner with Chinese authorities and other stakeholders, and provide AdvaMed members expanded opportunities to engage on important policy issues in one of the world’s fastest growing markets for medical technology.”

“Key policy issues in China include the need to ensure appropriate regulation and reimbursement for life-saving and life-enhancing medical devices and diagnostics, and to harmonize ethical business practices in the country. Our efforts in China will help ensure patient access to advanced medical technologies and will benefit both local Chinese companies and importers,” Ubl said.

The opening ceremony follows official recognition of the Shanghai office by Chinese authorities in May, and builds on the association’s existing presence in the country. Lynn Jiao, executive director of AdvaMed’s China program, has been working on behalf of the association’s members for nearly two years.

AdvaMed also has established a China Council, consisting of member companies’ senior representatives in the country, which met for the first time in April 2013. In addition, AdvaMed has had a shared staff position with the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing since 2009.

“Our new China office represents an expanded commitment to this important market, where many of our members have made substantial investments and established research and manufacturing facilities that contribute to China’s growth,” said AdvaMed Chairman José E. Almeida, chairman, president and CEO of Covidien. “Advanced medical technologies hold great potential to improve patient outcomes, control burgeoning health care costs and boost the efficiency of China’s health care system. Our new office will enhance our ability to work with local officials and other stakeholders to achieve these outcomes.”

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AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit www.advamed.org.