Leading Bioscience and Medical Technologies Professionals Convene

Friday, January 15, 2010

ROCHESTER, NY—Executive and senior-level thought leaders from the bioscience and medical technologies industry convened earlier this month at the MedTech Catalyst Forum to engage in dynamic roundtable discussions and explore collaborative technology and product development opportunities. 

MedTech, the professional association that supports the growth and development of businesses in Upstate New York’s bioscience sector, hosted the Catalyst Forum on Wednesday, January 6 at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. The event—the first of its kind for MedTech—featured a roundtable format of four concurrent discussions, each with a facilitator and subject matter expert in: obtaining government grants, materials science, imaging and image processing and non-invasive diagnostics. MedTech’s Science & Technology Committee organized the forum, which drew more than 35 participants from 24 member organizations.

"This event brought together a broad spectrum of leaders from industry and academia to interact and discover opportunities for collaboration,” said Ted Farrell, vice president of Program Management at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and co-chair of MedTech’s Science & Technology Committee. “The energy level was great and some talks even continued through lunch.”

The Science & Technology Committee received strong, positive feedback from those who attended, according to Farrell, who said he heard several follow-up discussions being scheduled among people who met at the forum.

"Overall, the Catalyst Forum proved useful for identifying areas where actionable projects could be executed, which was one of our main goals for the event,” said Heather Erickson, president of MedTech.

"It also inspired several ideas for future activities that will expand involvement to more MedTech members.” MedTech will host two more Catalyst Forums this year with the next tentatively scheduled for June.

About MedTech
MedTech is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of Upstate New York technology manufacturers, research institutions, allied professional services and economic development organizations. We promote the commercialization of medical products by providing educational and networking events, organizing certification opportunities and facilitating collaborations among members to bring tomorrow’s technologies to the healthcare marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.medtech.org.

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