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AdvaMed 2008 Supporting Partner Organizations Up 30% Over Last Year

Conference to Have Greater International Representation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AdvaMed 2008: The MedTech Conference announced today participation of 37 Supporting Partner Organizations from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Russia and the United Kingdom, as well as 30 state, regional and national associations in the U.S. These Supporting Partner Organizations have endorsed participation to their respective memberships and are helping to promote the conference. Senior level delegations from each organization are expected to attend AdvaMed 2008, seeking to build alliances with peers during the September 21-24, 2008 conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

"We are pleased with the double-digit growth of supporting partners this year as bringing these entities together to share best practices, learn from each other, and participate in public policy discussions is very important to us," said Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). "As this conference gains momentum and serves as a platform for industry growth and development, connecting these constituencies is critical to success."

"We recognize the added value to attendees of assembling a critical mass of medical technology associations from across the country and throughout the world," said Ray Briscuso, Jr., producer of AdvaMed 2008. "We are grateful for their support and engagement and the value their participation brings to the conference."

AdvaMed 2008 Supporting Partner Organizations include:

-- AHLA, American Health Lawyers Association

-- AZ Bio, Arizona Bioindustry Organization

-- BayBio

-- BIOCOM (San Diego)

-- Bio Florida, Inc.

-- BioNJ

-- BioOhio

-- CHI, California Healthcare Institute

-- Colorado BioScience Association

-- ERBI Ltd. (Cambridge and East of England)

-- Georgia Bio

-- Healthcare Institute of New Jersey

-- iBIO, Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization

-- IMDA, Irish Medical Devices Association

-- IMDMC, Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council

-- KansasBio, Kansas Bioscience Organization

-- LifeScience Alley

-- Maryland/Israel Development Center

-- MassMEDIC, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council

-- MAVA, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

-- MdBio, Tech Council of Maryland

-- MEDEC (Canadian Medical Device Association)

-- MichBio, Michigan Biosciences Association

-- Mid-Atlantic - Russian Business Council

-- MOBio, Missouri Biotechnology Association

-- MTAA, Medical Technology Association of Australia

-- New Hampshire Biotechnology Council

-- NC Bio, North Carolina Biosciences Organization

-- NVCA, National Venture Capital Association

-- OCRI Life Sciences (Ottawa)

-- OCTANe (Orange County)

-- Pennsylvania Bio

-- SEMDA, Southeastern Medical Device Association

-- SoCalBio, Southern California Biomedical Council

-- VaBIO, Virginia Biotechnology Association

-- WBBA, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

-- The World Health Care Congress

"With a growing number of medical technology members, the Arizona BioIndustry Association is pleased to be a Supporting Partner Organization for AdvaMed 2008," said Bob Eaton, President and CEO of AZBio. "This industry-driven event is a great opportunity for our members to share ideas, meet potential collaborators and investors, and provide input on policy issues affecting medical technology companies."

Developed by industry, for industry, AdvaMed 2008: The MedTech Conference is the premier event for business leaders, policy-makers, patient groups, news media, financiers, and service providers from around the world. Attendees will participate in policy sessions, educational workshops, partnering and business development discussions, investor presentations, networking receptions and product exhibitions, and will have the opportunity to interface directly with decision-makers that impact the business, political and financial climates so imperative to innovation.

For more information about AdvaMed 2008, visit, call (202) 434-7213, or e-mail Host sponsors for AdvaMed 2008 include Covidien, Ernst& Young, Johnson & Johnson and Kaplan EduNeering. In total, there are more than 60 industry and industry-related sponsors also supporting AdvaMed 2008: The MedTech Conference.

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 more than 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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