MEDTECH 2011 Annual Conference Closed with Record Breaking Attendance

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rochester, N.Y.—September 19, 2011—A record number of industry leaders from Upstate New York’s bioscience and medical technology community graced the corridors of the Hyatt Regency in Rochester last week for the MEDTECH 2011 annual conference and technology showcase.


Hosted by MedTech, the hub of Upstate New York’s Bio/Med industry, this was the largest annual conference held to date by the association. The conference attracted close to 300 attendees from more than 120 regional and national companies. Last year’s sold-out crowd at the Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls prompted MedTech to explore alternative facilities that would satisfy expanded capacity while maintaining the close, synergistic atmosphere valued by past conference attendees.  


The program featured more than 65 speakers in 12 breakout sessions across four tracks,examining current trends, issues and best practices in bioscience and medical technology. Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN3), co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus addressed conference attendees at an opening reception last Monday evening.  In addition, New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and a representative from the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand attended last Tuesday’s full program.


Aaron Chatterji from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business spoke at lunch about the drivers of competitive advantage in the bioscience and medical technology industry.  The CEO of, Inc, Steve Brown, gave a closing plenary address that looked at how mobile technology and the apps that it supports is changing the face of healthcare.  Five executives from innovative Bio/Med organizations opened the conference with an engaging discussion of the role of competition and collaboration in the commercial success of their businesses:

·         Richard Cohen, President, The Walden Group

·         Rand Henke, CEO, Adarza Biosystems, Inc.

·         Dan Kerpelman, President & CEO, Bio-Optronics, Inc.

·         Mark McClusky, President, Newry Corp.

·         Louise McDonald, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Welch Allyn.


MedTech anticipates its annual conference will continue on this path to grow and attract even more national thought leaders and public officials in 2012, as Upstate New York maintains its position among the top three states for Bio/Med activity.


The Bio/Med industry employs close to 130,000 New York state residents, with about 95,000 of those jobs located Upstate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. There are more than 250 Bio/Med companies in Upstate New York—primarily small to mid-sized—70 percent of which are headquartered in the region. MedTech currently represents 96 member organizations from across Upstate New York.


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MedTech is an active association of pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical technology companies, their suppliers and service providers, and research universities. We boost the growth and prosperity of our members by connecting them for collaboration, offering educational programs, sharing news and information, and advocating for the industry with government and leaders. Our mission is to develop the relationships, tools and programs that enable Upstate New York companies to bring tomorrow’s medical solutions to the healthcare marketplace. For more information, visit   

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