MEDTECH 2016 – Innovation Impact: Keeping New York’s Finger on the Pulse Conference Delivers Critical Insights to Help Companies Drive Innovation

Thursday, September 29, 2016

MedTech Association, the leading member based trade association for bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) in New York State, brought together more than 150 senior executives and thought leaders across greater New England September 26 – 28 at the Albany Hilton for networking and collaboration on addressing the innovation imperative within the Bio/Med industry.

The conference was highlighted by an opening tour of the University of Albany’s Health Sciences Campus, home to the largest concentration of individual health science-related entities in the Capital Region. The tour provided an inside look at the growing interaction of academia, government and the private sector. In addition, nine thought-leading sessions were delivered across the Innovation & Technology, Regulatory & Policy, Strategy & Development and Collaboration & Growth tracks.

The key themes of the conference were delivered by prominent keynote speakers, including Dr. Joan Fallon, CEO, Caremark; Sen. Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Senior Policy Consultant, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; and Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Clinton Foundation.

Dr. Fallon, and industry leader in pediatric development and research for autism and other related disorders, chronicled the disruptive journey of innovation in biotech, challenging attendees to deliver innovative solutions that have direct impact to patient care and patient’s lives. Sen. Hagan’s history of championing legislation to aid businesses and improve healthcare were central to her discussion on the changing political landscape and her analysis of upcoming congressional and presidential themes and agendas post-election. In her closing keynote, Rain Henderson shared her Foundation’s new collective impact models supporting greater patient engagement, improvements in key preventable disease measurements and well-being indicators, reducing overall health care costs, and minimizing gaps in health disparities.

“Healthcare is personal, and it’s imperative that we keep our finger on the pulse of innovation that can improve patient care, or be left behind. By bringing together industry leaders, corporate executives and technology vendors, we are showing New York’s leadership how the Bio/Med industry is coming together to improve patients’ lives,” says Jessica Crawford, President, MedTech Association.

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