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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gutierrez to Address AdvaMed 2007

Plenary Speaker Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun

Credits Early Diagnosis with Saving his Life

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Day two of AdvaMed 2007: The MedTech Conference will highlight how everyday patients are heroes and benefit from advancements in medical technology as well as speakers on the diversity and strength of the economic impact of the medical technology sector. The conference runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 3.

Co-writing "A PASSION TO LEAD: Seven Leadership Secrets for Success in Business, Sports, and Life" is the latest endeavor by Hall of Fame Coach and prostate cancer survivor, Jim Calhoun. Calhoun, one of the most successful coaches ever in college basketball history with two national championships at the University of Connecticut, credits early diagnosis and a successful surgery with his speedy recovery from prostate cancer. During his plenary remarks, Calhoun will address a series of life goals he set for himself as a coach, teacher, and family man, as well as his secrets for success on and off the court. He will provide anecdotes from his life and career including his successful battle against prostate cancer and his support for cardiovascular research.

"Coach Calhoun is not just a great basketball coach and strategist; he is an inspiration, role model and exceptional leader. He is helping to save lives by encouraging regular cancer screenings," said Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of AdvaMed.

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) also will speak before AdvaMed 2007 participants.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez will speak at 5:15 p.m. Following the Secretary's comments, members of the Global Harmonization Task Force and the AdvaMed 2007 conference will participate in a joint gala reception in which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is an invited honoree.

Other panels of note include:

8:30 to 9 a.m. - Can International Harmonization Ever Be Achieved? With Dr. Larry Kessler, Director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories at the Food and Drug Administration.

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Value of Medical Technology: Innovation, Patients, Society with Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty; Frank R. Lichtenberg, Ph.D.; Courtney Brown, professor of business at Columbia University; Dr. Martin M. Malawer, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington Hospital Center; Uwe E. Reindhardt, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Fostering Innovation from the Executive Office: With Gregory C. Simon, President of Faster Cures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions; James V. Mazzo, Chairman, President and CEO of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.; Scott Garrett, President and CEO of Beckman Coulter; Martin Emerson, CEO, American Medical Systems; and Michael Minogue, CEO, ABIOMED.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Health Reform with moderator Laurie McGinley, The Wall Street Journal; Ron Pollack, Families USA; Robert Moffit, Ph.D., The Heritage Foundation; Len Nichols, The New America Foundation; and Chip N. Kahn III, Federation of American Hospitals.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Emerging Opportunities for Medical Devices used in Advanced Therapies, Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, President of Cytonome, Inc; Paul LaViolette, COO of Boston Scientific Corporation; David Perez, President of Gambro BCT; Joseph Hogan, President and CEO of GE Healthcare; and Harlan Weisman, M.D., Chief Science and Technology Officer of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics.

3.45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., The Future of Health Entitlements moderated by Mary Agnes Carey of Congressional Quarterly, Kenneth Thorpe, Professor and Chair, Rollins School of Public Health; former U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, and Peter Orszag, Congressional Budget Office.

About AdvaMed:

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. Our members produce nearly 90 percent of the health care technology purchased annually in the United States and more than 50 percent purchased annually around the world. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit

About AdvaMed 2007:

AdvaMed 2007 is the premier medical technology conference and exhibition for business leaders, policymakers, investors, news media, patient advocates, and industry stakeholders from around the world. This year's conference offers a variety of workshops and panel discussions on subjects such as Medicare reimbursement, compliance, intellectual property, global market opportunities, corporate finance, public policy, emerging company issues, 21st century health care and the value of medical technology.

Whether you need to finance, partner or license technology, AdvaMed 2007 introduces you to key decision-makers featuring a business development partnering program, company presentations, and an exhibition showcasing the latest medical technologies and products. Attendees have the opportunity to directly access key players, inform stakeholders as to the progress of our industry, and influence the business, political and financial climates so imperative to innovation.

For more information, visit or call 1-202-434-7213.

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