Jessica on the Road

Member Meeting - Baxter

Medina, NY • March 26, 2015

I enjoyed meeting with Baxter' Plant Manager, Kevin Foley, to discuss MedTech's membership benefits and identify new opportunities for collaboration. 

Meeting with SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Utica, NY • March 25, 2015

The newly merged SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)/SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNY IT) is now the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). I was pleased to learn about SUNY Poly's exciting, new collaborations with the bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) industry in New York. I look forward to working together to help grow the state's Bio/Med industry. 

2015 Upstate New York Tech Career Connections

Binghamton, NY • March 24, 2015

I participated in the 2015 Upstate New York Tech Career Connections as a speaker at Binghamton University. I had the pleasure to talk and meet with students about the value and opportunities of a STEM career in the bioscience and medical technology industry, as part of the Branching Out with Your Science (STEM) Degree panel. 

Member Meeting - Cornell University

Ithaca, NY • March 17, 2015

I spent St. Patrick's Day with one of MedTech's longstanding members - Cornell University. I met with new VP of University Relations, Joel Malina, and presented him with Cornell's 10-year member award. 

MedTech Meeting - Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY • March 13, 2015

I had the opportunity to venture north and visit Clarkson University's Campus. It is always a pleasure to travel through the north country, where I was born and raised. Clarkson did not disappoint and had much to report on with respect to their new partnership with the Trudeau Institute and the entrepreneurial activities underway via START-Up NY and their Innovation Hot Spot program. I am also excited to report that Clarkson has joined MedTech as one of our newest research affiliate members. A big welcome to Clarkson University!

AdvaMed DC Fly-In

Washington DC • March 6, 2015

Joined by MedTech board chairman, Scott Gucciardi from Welch Allyn, I met with a number of federal legislators and staff regarding MedTech's federal legislative priorities including repeal of the medical device tax. These meetings were part of AdvaMed's annual fly-in activities. 

Member Meetings

Rochester, NY • February 26, 2015

A great day catching up with MedTech members University of Rochester and Arnold Magnetic Companies. 

Albany Medical College Announces New Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center

Albany, NY • February 24, 2015

Kudos to Albany Medical College for launching their new biomedical acceleration and commercialization center! The business accelerator is is part of their Start-Up NY zone and is open for business.

MEDTECH 2015 Planning Meeting

Buffalo, NY • February 12, 2015

Another successful planning meeting for MEDTECH 2015! We are quickly narrowing in on this year's theme and have a strong list of keynote speaker contenders. Beforehand, I also had the opportunity to meet with a few local companies interesting in MedTech membership. 

MedTech Board Meeting

Albany, NY • February 11, 2015

A big thank you to Mike Williams and his team at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for hosting our quarterly board meeting and a tour of their growing manufacturing campus. Regeneron is a biotech success story growing from 1,000 employees in 2012 to more than 3,000 today.  Researchers at this biotech lab and drug maker have discovered treatments for eye diseases and cancers.

MedTech Lobby Day

Albany, NY • February 10, 2015

As part of MedTech's annual lobby day, members met with state legislators and staff to discuss MedTech's state legislative priorities. Participating companies included AngioDynamics, Hiscock & Barclay, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, Regeneron and Welch Allyn.

Legislative Meeting in Albany

Albany, NY • January 30, 2015

Today I met with one of our state legislators to discuss new legislation providing a better business environment for bioscience and medical technology companies in NYS. 

Member Outreach Meetings

Rochester, NY • January 16, 2015

After meeting with an area Bio/Med distributor regarding their interest in membership, I visited with associate member Harris Beach to discuss additional ways to collaborate in the new year. 

NYS Legislative Meetings

Albany, NY • January 12, 2015

I met with the Governor's office and presented to the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship to present MedTech's 2014 Industry Report findings and discuss policy recommendations to better support New York's Bio/Med industry.

Member Meeting - SUNY Research Foundation

Albany, NY • January 7, 2015

It was a pleasure catching up with member research affiliate, SUNY Research Foundation to learn more about SUNY-AIR (Academic Industry Roundtables.) I met with Bryan Allinson, VP and Matthew Mroz, Assistant Director for Innovation and Partnerships. We also discussed opportunities for future collaboration between SUNY's academic institutions and MedTech member companies. I look forward to continuing our dialogue to help stimulate public-private partnerships and ultimately bring tomorrow's medical solutions to the healthcare marketplace.   

Member MeetUp at Getinge


Rochester, NY • January 6, 2015

Another successful Member MeetUp at Getinge this afternoon to kick off a new year of programming for MedTech. Getinge President David Pritchard provided us with a tour of their impressive manufacturing floor followed by presentations from University of Binghamton and Harris Beach. Big thanks to Getinge for hosting a wonderful event. 

Member Meeting - Carestream

Rochester, NY • December 10, 2014

This morning, Larry Ray, Chief Scientist at Carestream, welcomed us to Carestream. Always a pleasure visiting with our members and learning how MedTech can help support their growth. 

Buffalo Sabres w/ ZeptoMetrix

Buffalo, NY • December 9, 2014

Thank you to member company ZeptoMetrix for inviting me to join you in your box for the Sabres 1-0 win over the Kings. I also enjoyed catching up with Marnie LaVigne from LaunchNY and meeting Paul Sargeant, CEO of HarkerBio.

NYeC Digital Health Conference 2014

New York, NY • November 17, 2014

Kudos to the New York eHealth Collaborative for the 2014 Digital Health conference. Thank you for the invite - the presentation from Eric Topol, Director of Scripps Translational Science Institute, was well worth the trip. 

During my visit, I also connected with Lenzie Harcum, Bioscience Team Director for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

MedTech Board Meeting

Rochester, NY • November 13, 2014

Thank you to Phil McLellan, VP, Global Operations at Thermo Fisher Scientific for hosting MedTech's quarterly board meeting. He was the perfect host and included a manufacturing tour for our directors. Thermo Fisher manufactures innovative analytical instruments, lab equipment and specialty diagnostics and employs over 1,000 in New York State. 

MedTech Board Orientation

Rochester, NY • November 12, 2014

It was a pleasure meeting Dan Carlson, Sr. Director, Rochester Site Operations at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics this afternoon. He is an excellent addition to the board. 

I also had the opportunity to hear from Syracuse University's new Chancellor and President, Kent Syverud, at the University Hill Annual Meeting in Syracuse earlier in the day. 

MedTech Board Orientation

Albany, NY • November 10, 2014

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting with two of MedTech's newest board members in the Capital region - Mark Frost, Executive VP and CFO at AngioDynamics and Michael Williams, Sr Director and Assistant General Counsel at Regeneron.

MEDTECH2015 Planning Committee

Buffalo, NY • November 7, 2014

We are pleased to bring MEDTECH2015 to Buffalo, NY this year! 

SAVE THE DATE - October 14 - 15, Buffalo Marriott Harbor Center, 95 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

MedTech Metro

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New York, NY • November 6, 2014

MedTech's third forum in its MedTech Metro networking series featured Marnie LaVigne, the new President & CEO of LaunchNY. Marnie discussed her new vision for expanding the organization's influence, as well as efforts underway including a recap of 43North, “the world’s largest business idea competition”, which awarded $5 million in cash prizes in late October. Presenting companies included CPSI Biotech, Angulus Device and PurpleSun. Thank you to Epstein Becker & Green for their continued support to help showcase New York Bio/Med companies to investors, business leaders and health care providers, and other service professionals.


Connected Care Exchange Conference

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Skaneateles, NY • November 4, 2014

MedTech was pleased to host its first Connected Care Exchange (CCX) conference, featuring connected care "rock star" Dr. Joseph Kvedar from Partners Health. Attendees learned about new ways to leverage technologies like mobile devices, social media, sensor and home robotics to improve the delivery of care. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Welch Allyn and supporting sponsors SUNY Oswego and MPR Associates.

Workforce Development Affinity Group Meeting at FTT Manufacturing

Geneseo, NY • October 22, 2014

Thank you to John Longuil, President and CEO of FTT Manufacturing, for hosting this month's workforce development affinity group meeting. It was also an incredible opportunity to see first hand FTT's contract manufacturing capabilities serving the Bio/Med community.

On the way home, I visited with new MedTech board director, Phil McLellan, VP of Operations at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

SUNY Oswego's Engineering Advisory Board Meeting

Oswego, NY • October 17, 2014

A board member since 2012, had the opportunity to tour SUNY Oswego's new wireless solutions research lab with center director, Pat Parimi. 

Panel Speaker at AdvaMed 2014

Chicago, IL • October 8, 2014

Truly a pleasure to speak on behalf of NY's Bio/Med community at AdvaMed 2014 as part of the panel - Medical Technology: A Vehicle for Progress and Economic Development in the States. MedTech's inaugural industry report received the accolades of my state association peers across the country. Bio/Med is BIG business in New York!

SUNY University at Buffalo Center of Excellence Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series

Buffalo, NY • September 18, 2014

Really enjoyed this month's lecture focused on personalized medicine. Also had the pleasure to meet with a reporter from Buffalo Business First to talk more about MedTech's inaugural industry report and the Bio/Med industry's impact on Western New York. 

MEDTECH 2014: Redefining Innovation in the Face of Healthcare Reform

Albany, NY • September 15, 2014

MedTech's signature event hosted in the beautiful capital region. Another outstanding lineup of speakers including keynotes John Babitt from E&Y and Chris Cleary from Medtronic followed by a second day of reverse pitches from Pfizer, IBM Watson, Angiodynamics and Medtronic. MedTech also launched its inaugural Bio/Med Breakthroughs industry report with the help of KJT Group and Battelle. Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially our platinum level supporters - AMRI and Welch Allyn!

MedTech Hosts Government Affairs Roundtable with Congressman Dan Maffei (NY-24)

Auburn, NY • August 20, 2014

A big thank you to Volpi for hosting our local congressman and providing a tour of their operations. 

Tour of the Trudeau Institute

Saranac Lake, NY • July 24, 2014

Returned to my north country roots with a special tour of the Trudeau Institute, a hidden gem with an extraordinary history located in the beautiful Adirondacks. A big thank you to Larry Johnson, VP and COO, for being a wonderful host. 

Attended MedTech's Member Meetup at Corning

Corning, NY • July 16, 2014

MedTech's first Member Meetup of the year a complete success - sold out! Exclusive networking opportunity for only our members.  

Special Guest at MassDevice Big 100

Boston, MA • July 15, 2014

MedTech's Annual Members Dinner

Lewiston, NY • June 19, 2014

Celebrating this year's successes with MedTech's annual golf tournament and beer tour of downtown Buffalo. Special guests, Peter H. Soderberg, one of MedTech’s founders and Mort Mower, co-inventor of the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator, also helped MedTech celebrate its 10-year anniversary. 

MedTech Presentation at BioConnex Capital Region Commercialization of Life Sciences Innovation Day

Albany, NY • June 6, 2014

Today, I also had the opportunity to visit research affiliate member, SUNY Research Foundation, and meet Bryan Allinson, Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships on his first week on the job.