MEDTECH 2010 Bio/Med Industry Conference Exceeds All Previous Attendance

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Skaneateles Falls, N.Y.—A sold out crowd of 218 executives, managers and business leaders from Upstate New York’s bioscience and medical technology community traveled to Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. on Monday for the MEDTECH 2010 annual conference and technology showcase.

Hosted by MedTech, the hub of Upstate New York’s Bio/Med industry, this is the second year in a row the conference has sold out.

“This year was our biggest conference yet, which is evidence of the Bio/Med community’s continuing strength and success in Upstate New York,” said Heather Erickson, president of MedTech. 

The conference program featured more than 55 speakers in 12 breakout sessions across five tracks, tackling the most current topics shaping today’s Bio/Med industry. Congressman Dan Maffei and New York State Senator David Valesky addressed the conference attendees during the morning session. In addition, New York State Senator Bill Stachowski, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak attended.

Executives from five of the top Bio/Med organizations in the region opened the conference with an intimate discussion of their businesses, reflecting on the past year and sharing strategies for thriving in the future:

• Joseph Corasanti – President & CEO, ConMed Corporation
• Lee Henderson – President & CEO, Vybion, Inc.
• Thomas Hook – President & CEO, Greatbatch, Inc.
• Peter Robinson – Vice President & COO, University of Rochester Medical Center
• Julie Shimer, PhD – President & CEO, Welch Allyn

Other featured speakers included Matt Rowan, president and CEO of the Health Industry Distributors Association and Lesa Mitchell, vice president of business development at the Kauffman Foundation. The event’s Tech Showcase featured 22 exhibitors displaying their products, prototypes and research.

The Bio/Med industry employs close to 130,000 New York state residents, with about 95,000 of those jobs located Upstate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. There are more than 200 Bio/Med companies in Upstate New York—primarily small to mid-sized—70 percent of which are headquartered in the region. MedTech currently represents 92 member organizations from across Upstate New York.

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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

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