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Medical Technology Executives Descend on D.C. as AdvaMed 2009: The MedTech Conference Kicks Off and Health Care Debate Continues

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders of the medical technology industry convene today through the 14th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the third annual AdvaMed 2009: The MedTech Conference.

An international mix of medical technology executives, innovators, policymakers, media, and government officials from more than 21 countries and 32 states, are expected to attend this industry-designed conference. Opening today with executive workshops on regulatory compliance, bringing innovative technology to market, and crisis intervention, the conference will continue with 40 plus educational panels covering finance, compliance, quality, legal, regulatory, emerging growth, 21st century healthcare and global business issues. In addition, nearly 50 company presentations featuring innovations from Israel, New Zealand, Germany, the U.K., and states across the U.S. will highlight new science and products in areas such as imaging, neurology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, wound management, and much more.

A vibrant exhibit hall will open Tuesday showcasing "Innovation Alley" with cutting edge medical devices used for surgical intervention, diagnosis, and treatment. In addition to the 60 plus exhibitors, there will be a number of informative programs on the exhibit hall floor as well. The Spotlight Series will feature "CEO Unplugged" where industry leaders are on hand for insightful conversations and Q & A's; the "Global Showcase," where medical technology in other countries is discussed; and an Inside Innovation Spotlight featuring futuristic, cutting-edge medical devices and technology from industry and academia.

Tuesday will also focus on health care reform with a discussion by Stephen Ubl, President and CEO of AdvaMed and AdvaMed Board Chairman, Michael Mussallem, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edwards Lifesciences.

AdvaMed 2009 October 13 and 14th plenary speakers include President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senator Ben Nelson; Dr. Joshua Scharfstein, Principal Deputy Commissioner, FDA; Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director, National Health Services, England; and M. Phillippe Sauvage, Deputy Chief of Staff, French Minister of Health. For additional information on the program and attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, please visit

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 2009:

AdvaMed 2009 is the premier MedTech convention for business leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, media, financiers, and other industry stakeholders from around the world. In its second year, AdvaMed 2008 attracted 1,400 industry leaders -- including 500+ CEOs, Presidents and C-level executives.

In today's economic and political climate, AdvaMed 2009 is this year's can't miss MedTech event for networking; conducting partnering meetings; influencing policymakers and the media; and participating in educational sessions. Whether you need to finance, partner, or license technology; learn the latest important developments in reimbursement, regulatory, legal, intellectual property, and other critical areas; or meet with and hear from leaders in the Obama Administration and Congress, AdvaMed 2009 is your introduction to key decision-makers. For more information, visit

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