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The International Trade Administration Gives Free Export Workshop at MEDevice San Diego

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Trade Administration will present "Export Workshop: Opportunities for Medical Device Companies in the U.S.-Mexico Border Trade Supply Chain" on September 19 at MEDevice San Diego.  Presented by Matthew Andersen, San Diego & Imperial Director of the International Trade Administration, and Geoffrey Bogart, Commercial Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration, this presentation discusses how the International Trade Administration and the Tijuana EDC are helping to facilitate business partnerships between our borders. The presentation will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. Free to all MEDevice San Diego attendees. To register, please visit



Matthew Andersen, Director

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Matt Andersen has served as Director of the USDOC Commercial Service's San Diego Export Assistance Center since August 1997.  Prior to this assignment, Matt served as the Director of the USDOC San Francisco Bay Area office for over two years.  The mission of the USDOC's network of Commercial Service offices located throughout the nation and around the world (in our U.S. embassies and consulates) is to help U.S. companies expand their export business.

In addition to his corporate background and over 25 years of service with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Mr. Andersen also has experience working in the U.S. House of Representatives, city management, and trade associations.  His overseas experience with the U.S. Commercial Service includes temporary assignments and trade missions in Japan, South Africa, Mexico, and several European countries.  Mr. Andersen has been awarded by the World Trade Center San Diego as "International Business Leader of the Year."  He also received the USDOC/ITA "Field Manager of the Year" award.

Geoffrey Bogart, Commercial Officer

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Geoff Bogart is currently in charge of the California/Mexico Border Trade Office, based in San Diego and in partnership with the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation in Baja.  Mr. Bogart was previously Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico.  He also served as Commercial Officer in the American Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.  Mr. Bogart has prior professional experience with SAIC, the City of San Diego, County of San Bernardino, and as a trade show organizer.

The International Trade Administration

The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. For more information, please visit

About MEDevice Forum San Diego

MEDevice Forum San Diego, September 19-20, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center, is dedicated to education and networking for medical device professionals. The MEDevice Supplier Showcase offers attendees the opportunity to conduct business face-to-face with peers, colleagues, and industry's leading manufacturers. The MEDevice Conference offers two options: Design of Implantable Devices and The Evolution of Advanced IVDs. Highlights also include free keynote presentations, exclusive networking events, a Networking Reception sponsored by the Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, tours of medical manufacturing facilities in Baja California and much more. Supplier Showcase admission is free for qualified members of the medical manufacturing community. Complete event details and registration are available at

San Diego Convention Center – Hall F
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

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