MedTech Participates in Meeting with House Medical Technology Caucus

Thursday, February 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.–MedTech joined representatives from the State Medical Technology Alliance and members of the U.S. House of Representatives for a medical technology innovation 101 briefing yesterday in Washington, D.C.

LifeScience Alley and CHI-California Healthcare Institute organized the briefing in collaboration with the U.S. House of Representatives Medical Technology Caucus to educate federal policymakers about the importance of innovation in the medical device industry and current challenges and opportunities for the sector’s continued vibrancy in the U.S.
 
“We are actively driving efforts that address federal regulatory and tax policy to ensure we retain and grow this industry in the U.S.,” said Heather Erickson, president ofMedTech and co-chair of the State Medical Technology Alliance, a national network of more than two dozen medical technology associations across the country. “MedTech was pleased to support the efforts of the House Medical Technology Caucus to inform our federal policymakers about this vital industry.”
 
The briefing featured Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, co-chairs of the House Medical Technology Caucus, along with speakers from industry and professional organizations.
 
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle of New York made an appearance and gave brief remarks during the program. Buerkle, who serves on the House Medical Technology Caucus, recently signed on with Paulsen as an original co-sponsor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2011 that would repeal the excise tax on medical devices enacted last year as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.
 
In New York, the bioscience and medical technology industry employs nearly 130,000 people, about 95,000 of which live Upstate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More than 200 Bio/Med companies are located in Upstate New York—primarily small to mid-sized—70 percent of which are headquartered in the region.
 
The uncertainty surrounding federal policies, such as the medical device tax, was just one area of focus during the morning briefing. Speakers also addressed improvements in patient care, job creation and supporting economic competitiveness.


ABOUT MEDTECH
MedTech is an active association of pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical technology companies, their suppliers and service providers, and research universities. We boost the growth and prosperity of our members by connecting them for collaboration, offering educational programs, sharing news and information, and advocating for the industry with government and leaders. Our mission is to develop the relationships, tools and programs that enable Upstate New York companies to bring tomorrow’s medical solutions to the healthcare marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.medtech.org. 

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