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October 4, 2020

The Virtual MedTech Conference Begins Three Days of Livestream Events

 Day 1 Highlights Include Fireside Chat with FDA Commissioner Hahn, CMS Town Hall  

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Virtual MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed, kicks off three days of livestream events tomorrow with morning to afternoon sessions featuring an international perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic, a look at the next generation of U.S. voters, a fireside chat with FDA Commissioner Hahn, a discussion on diversity and health care disparities, and insights from key CMS officials.

Livestream content begins at 8:00 am ET with a CEOs Unplugged session A Future Outlook on Medtech Innovation with top executives from Ximedica, J&J’s Ethicon Division and Cleveland Clinic Ventures.

At 8:30 am ET we present MedTech and the Next Pandemic with Australian Associate Secretary Department of Health Caroline Edwards and Swedish Minister for Health & Social Affairs The Honourable Lena Hallengren. 

At 9:30 am ET there will be a Q&A with Tim Ring, Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of TEAMFund.

The Selfie Vote starts at 10:00 am ET with an interview with Kristen Soltis Anderson, pollster, speaker, commentator, and author of “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up).”

 At 11:10 am ET, we begin a Three-Part Plenary Session featuring: 

  • The annual State of the Industry address from AdvaMed CEO and President Scott Whitaker;
  • A Fireside Chat with FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn; and
  • A panel discussion -- Moving Beyond the Case for Diversity: MedTech's Role in Addressing Health Care Disparities -- with Ashley McEvoy, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson; Dr. Patrick Hines, Founder and CEO, Functional Fluidics; Carl St. Bernard, CEO, Board Member, CeloNova Biosciences; and Kwame Ulmer, Principal, Ulmer Ventures.

Following the plenary session, at 1:00 pm ET, top executives from Abbott, Danaher and Hologic participate in the session, Diagnostics Industry Mobilization to Meet COVID-19 Testing Needs; Assist Policy Makers with Testing Supply Registry.

Global Regulatory Convergence - The Next Frontier begins at 2:15 pm ET, featuring an international regulatory panel consisting of: FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health Director Dr. Jeff Shuren; Health Canada’s David Boudreau, Director General, Medical Devices Directorate; Augusto Geyer, Senior Advisor of the Medical Devices Office for the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency – ANVISA; and Melissa Torres, FDA CDRH Associate Director for International Affairs.

At 3:30 pm ET the day’s final plenary session, a CMS Town Hall, features CMS’s Tamara Syrek Jensen, Director, Coverage and Analysis Group; Carol Blackford Director, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group; and Jason Bennett, Acting Director, Technology Coding and Pricing Group.

We end the day’s business/educational livestream content at 4:30 pm ET with a blockbuster CEOs Unplugged session -- Evolution and Recovery of Surgical Procedures -- with Nacho Abia, COO, Olympus Corporation and CEO, of Olympus America; former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Bill Hawkins; Kevin Lobo. Chairman and CEOStryker; and BD CEO and President Tom Polen.

View the latest agenda for The Virtual MedTech Conference. Partnering is open now so participants can view other users and begin requesting networking meetings. To register for the Conference visit here

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