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AdvaMed 2008 Sponsor Participation Increases by 52%

65 Total Sponsors: Covidien, Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young, and Kaplan Eduneering Return as Hosts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AdvaMed 2008's list of sponsors includes industry leaders, consulting firms, law firms, investment banks, and government agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade (MEDT) and the Puerto Rican Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO). The number of sponsors increased this year by 52% to 65 organizations this year, up from 43 in 2007.

"We are pleased with the tremendous growth of sponsors and believe it is serves as testament to the value AdvaMed 2008 delivers to the entire medical technology community," said Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). "This year, all aspects of the conference - from registration and exhibitors, to supporting organizations and presenting companies - have experienced significant double digit growth. We appreciate the level of support from industry stakeholders, international delegations, and economic development agencies and are grateful for their engagement in helping make AdvaMed 2008 a success."

The conference offers industry stakeholders the opportunity to participate in more than 55 panel sessions covering a variety of key industry issues, including: 21st Century Health Policy, Business Development & Finance, Compliance & Best Practices, Emerging Company Issues, Global Business Issues, Legal & Intellectual Property, Medical Technology Production Innovation, Product Quality & Manufacturing Innovation, Quality Management, Regulatory, and Reimbursement.

AdvaMed 2008 also provides sector-specific business development activities ranging from company presentations to partnering meetings as well as numerous networking forums and an extensive exhibition.

Representatives from more than 500 companies and 35 states and 25 countries are expected to attend this year's conference.

"AdvaMed 2008 has seen strong growth and continues to drive industry interest even during a time when many conferences are seeing a decline," said Ray Briscuso, producer of AdvaMed 2008.

Host Sponsors:

-- Covidien

-- Ernst & Young

-- Johnson & Johnson

-- Kaplan EduNeering

Platinum Sponsors:

-- Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.

-- B. Braun

-- Cleveland Clinic

-- Deloitte LLP

-- Edwards Lifesciences

-- MX Magazine

-- Powell Goldstein LLP

-- Quidel Corporation

-- SAP

-- Sparta Systems, Inc.

-- Zimmer

Receptions and Plenary Sponsors:

-- BD

-- BearingPoint

-- Covidien

-- Johnson & Johnson


-- SAP

-- St. Jude Medical

-- UBS Investment Bank

-- Ontario, Canada (MEDT)

Track Sponsors:

-- Arent Fox LLP (Reimbursement Track)

-- Camstar Systems, Inc. (Product Quality & Manufacturing Innovation


-- Deloitte LLP (21st Century Health Policy Track)

-- Dassault Systemes ENOVIA (Regulatory Track)

-- Ernst & Young (Medical Technology Product Innovation Track)

-- Fish & Richardson P.C. (Legal & IP Track)

-- Huthwaite, Inc. (Business Development & Finance Track)

-- Kaplan EduNeering (Compliance Best Practices Track)

-- Pilgrim Software, Inc. (Quality Management Track)

-- Powell Goldstein LLP (Emerging Company Issues Track)

-- REED Exhibitions (Global Business Issues Track)

Collateral Sponsors:

-- CEA Technologies

-- Ernst & Young

-- Georgia Hidden List Department of Economic Development

-- Korn/Ferry International

-- MedNet Solutions

-- Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C.

Partnering Sponsor:

-- Blank Rome LLP

Gold Sponsors:

-- Abbott Laboratories

-- Alcon Laboratories

-- Burrill & Company

-- C.R. Bard

-- Latham & Watkins LLP

-- Medmarc and The Hartford

-- University of Pennsylvania Hidden List School of Medicine,

Office of Corporate Alliances

Silver Sponsors:


-- Spencer Stuart

-- Select Greater Philadelphia Hidden List

Company Presentations:

-- AON

-- Georgia Hidden List Department of Economic Development

-- McGuire Woods LLP

-- Medical Device Consultants, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors:

-- Arnold & Porter LLP

-- Baker & Daniels / B & D Consulting

-- Boston Healthcare

-- Brightline Media

-- Comerica Bank

-- Datascope Corp.

-- Forest Hidden List City Science + Technology Group

-- Genzyme

-- Intel Corporation

-- Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED)

-- McDermott Will & Emery LLP

-- National Science Foundation

-- Presscott Associates, Ltd.

-- Regulatory Compliance Associates, Inc.

-- Upstate SC Alliance / Clemson Hidden List University Research

Foundation, CURF

International Delegation Sponsors:

-- Canadian Embassy

-- New Zealand Trade & Enterprises

-- UK Trade & Investment

For more information about AdvaMed 2008, visit, call (202) 434-7213, or e-mail Questions specifically about conference sponsorship should be sent to

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 2008:

Designed by industry for industry, AdvaMed 2008 is the premier MedTech conference for business executives, policymakers, media, financiers, and service providers from around the world. In its inaugural year, AdvaMed 2007 attracted more than 400 organizations and 1,100 industry leaders - including 300+ CEOs, Presidents and C-level executives.

With nearly 1,400 senior level attendees expected, AdvaMed 2008 is this year's can't miss event for networking; conducting partnering meetings; educating and influencing policymakers and the media; and participating in education sessions. Whether you need to finance, partner or license technology, AdvaMed 2008 introduces you to key decision-makers. Learn more at

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