The U.S. Medtech Industry's Irish Accent is Getting Stronger (part one)

Posted by Michael Lohan I IDA Ireland on August 22, 2017

 While the medtech industry is thriving, with sales increases of 10% or more in 2016 over the previous year, this bullish market outlook is tempered with the usual bearish concerns over competition, funding, effective R&D and other business issues. With Europe and the United States being the key markets that medtech firms focus on, many US firms are finding that having an Irish operation not only delivers many advantages but gives their products access to a lucrative market and plentiful opportunities to drive value.


Companies such as Boston Scientific, Abbott, Vistakon, Medtronic, Teleflex, Stryker, Cook Medical, Zimmer Biomet, DePuy Synthes, Hollister and BD are just some of the existing medtech firms with expanding Irish operations. Ireland now employs more than 32,000 people in medtech, which is the highest number in Europe as a percentage of a population. One quarter of the world's diabetics -- 30 million people -- rely on an injectable device manufactured in Ireland, while half of all ventilators used by acute hospitals worldwide are also made there. Meanwhile, three quarters of global orthopedic knee products were produced in Ireland.

There are several important reasons why American medtech companies have been choosing Ireland as their European base of operations.

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Partnering 101: Using MedTech Connect for partnering at The MedTech Conference

Posted by Lauren Belisle on August 18, 2017

MedTech Connect, our partnering system available to all full-access registrants of The MedTech Conference, is live -- and we want to make sure you know how to use it to optimize your experience! If you need a refresher on MedTech Connect, check out our previous blog post: The 101 on MedTech Connect.

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One-on-one partnering meetings at The MedTech Conference take place in the MedTech Connect Zone within our Exhibit Hall. The MedTech Connect Zone is open from 9am to 5:15pm on Tuesday, September 26, and from 8am to 12:30pm on Wednesday, September 27. When you book a meeting, you can base it off of the mutual availablity of the participants as well as the availablity of partnering suites.

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California: a community of medical technology innovation

Posted by Lauren Belisle on August 16, 2017

As of today, we have just 40 days until The MedTech Conference powered by AdvaMed kicks off in San Jose! There is so much to look forward to during our time in Silicon of which is that we will be in a region world-renowned for its entreprenuerial spirit, tech start ups, investor community and more. 

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New addition to the conference: Wednesday afternoon closing reception!

Posted by Lauren Belisle on August 10, 2017

The MedTech Conference has plenty to offer -- from networking to educational sessions, plenary speakers and a bustling exhibit hall. What else does it offer? Receptions! They're the perfect way to unwind with your colleagues and friends, meet other medtech professionals and reflect on your time in San Jose. 

This year, we've added an extra reception to our lineup: a closing reception on Wednesday evening after all programming ends! Given that many of our attendees are coming from the East Coast or other far-flung locales, we know lots of you are staying in Silicon Valley on Wednesday night (rather than flying home that evening like you might in a different location), and we hope this will be a great way to end your conference experience. 

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The 101 on MedTech Connect

Posted by Lauren Belisle on August 2, 2017

When we conducted our post-conference survey after AdvaMed 2016, 67% of respondents noted that networking with peers is one of their primary reasons for attending in the first place.

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The Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium is coming to San Jose!

Posted by Lauren Belisle on July 27, 2017

You may want to arrive early in San Jose if you’re interested in expanding into pediatric devices or learning how to test a pediatric version of your adult medical device. This year, the 5th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium is co-locating with The MedTech Conference and will take place on September 24, 2017 - the day before The MedTech Conference begins.

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Until We Update Archaic Health Laws, We're Only Scratching the Surface of What's Possible in Value-Based Medicine

Posted by Christopher L. White, Esq. on July 12, 2017

Note: this blog post was originally published on LinkedIn Pulse on February 28, 2017.

Medical technology companies have long been recognized for their life-saving contributions to diagnosing and treating patients – from medical imaging to genetic testing to implantable devices. In fact, medical technology advances are credited with helping to add five years to the average U.S. life expectancy since 1980 and slashing the number of days spent in hospitals by 59 percent between 1980 and 2010. The newest medtech innovations are truly astounding, from the use of 3D printing of tissue to diagnostics linked to smartphones, to innovations in medical robotics and nanotechnology. 

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The early bird gets the discount

Posted by Lauren Belisle on July 3, 2017

Our team has been working hard to finalize details for The MedTech Conference in San Jose, and we are excited to announce that our interactive conference agenda is live.

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Join me in San Jose

Posted by Scott Whitaker on June 27, 2017

Below is a message from AdvaMed President and CEO Scott Whitaker, shared to our email list on June 26, 2017.

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Join in on the first #MedTechInnovator Twitter Chat of 2017

Posted by Lauren Belisle on June 22, 2017

Updated June 29, 2017: Did you miss the chat referenced below? Check out our summary/recap here: #MedTechInnovator Twitter Chat: June 27, 2017.


One of the things we love is using the conference as a connector - when we see people meeting new prospective partners, investors, employers and more, that's what tells us everything we do all year round is worth it! But, The MedTech Conference is only three days long, and there's much more we can do year-round to drive connections throughout the medical technology ecosystem.




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