AMRI Executive Added to MedTech Board of Directors

Monday, October 19, 2009

Syracuse, NY – AMRI vice president of Science, Technology and Support Services Harold Meckler, Ph.D., was elected to the board of directors of MedTech, a trade association representing the Upstate New York biosciences community at the association’s 2009 annual conference.

Meckler’s two-year term as a director on the MedTech Board will run through 2011.

He is a proponent for the advancement of economic development opportunities in the region and believes that the biotechnology and medical device industries have driven unprecedented growth."During the upcoming year, there will be many economic, political and health care related challenges presented to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries,” said Meckler.

These challenges present opportunities for MedTech to lead by example and become a vehicle for industrial, academic and public sector interests to collaborate for the advancement of the region,” he said.

Meckler joined AMRI in 1995 and is currently responsible for research operations, scientific information systems, sample collection and laboratory based facilities. He was previously responsible for the company’s chemical development and cGMP production groups. Prior to AMRI, he was employed by Telor Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Mass. where he established the organic chemistry department. He also worked in the chemical development departments at the Ciba Geigy Pharmaceutical Division in Summit, N.J. and Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer, N.Y.

Meckler earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983 and is a member of the Advisory Board of Chemical and Engineering News and the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Process Research and Development.

Eleven other industry leaders have also been elected to the MedTech board of directors, including Bela Musits, managing director of High Peaks Venture Partners, Troy, N.Y. Musits’ one-year term will run through 2010.

About MedTech
MedTech is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of Upstate New York technology manufacturers, research institutions, and allied professional services and economic development organizations. We promote the commercialization of medical products by providing educational and networking events, organizing certification opportunities, and facilitating collaborations among members to bring tomorrow’s technologies to the healthcare marketplace. For more information, visit www.medtech.org.

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