MedTech Brings Upstate’s Bioscience Community to Nation’s Capitol

Monday, November 2, 2009

Washington, D.C.  – MedTech President, Heather Erickson, represented the Upstate New York bioscience community recently at a technology expo hosted by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

"With more than 200 bioscience companies in Upstate New York and a wealth of educational and research assets, it’s important that we highlight the role this industry plays in leading our region’s economy,” said Erickson. “I’m excited by the attention that Senator Gillibrand is bringing to our region’s bioscience strengths and the resources that she and her staff are committing to help these companies thrive in Upstate New York.”

The showcase is part of the kickoff of Gillibrand’s Innovation Agenda, a plan to further the following goals:
>Promote additional flexibility and funding to support business incubators, particularly in areas with high unemployment,
>Develop cluster-based economic development strategies,
>Increase deferral grants to help build new science parks and expand existing ones, and
>Provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers who work in low-income, high-need schools with a tax credit.

The showcase highlighted the ways that high tech New York companies and research institutions are growing and creating a brighter future for the state and nation. The showcase took place in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. MedTech was joined by 35 other NYS technology organizations including Cornell University, Welch Allyn, University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Harris, and IBM.

About MedTech
MedTech is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of more than 85 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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