SCBIO believes growing the life sciences sector will significantly transform the state’s economy. see more
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It was all smiles on Sept. 30 as BMW marked the 25th anniversary of the first vehicle to roll off its Spartanburg assembly line, a singular moment that dramatically transformed the economic face of South Carolina.
A quarter-century after opening, the German manufacturer’s North American facility employs more than 11,000 workers who build 1,500 vehicles daily, a pace requiring the services of more than 40 main suppliers across the state.
The average wage among all S.C. jobs supported by the automotive industry stood at $64,120 in 2017 compared to $40,293 across all employment categories, say findings commissioned by the South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization (SCBIO).
Now three years old, SCBIO is spearheading an aggressive initiative to make South Carolina the preferred location for new or expanding companies in another highly promising industry: life sciences. Read the entire story by clicking here.
Producing and shipping 10,000 Rapid COVID-19 antigen test kits for King of Hammers racing event see more
Vigilent Labs, an advanced health and medical technology company that provides solutions for the detection, identification and assessment of health and bio-threats, has completed and shipped its first major order of Alfa Scientific Instant-View COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits for use in the King of Hammers racing event.
”We have worked diligently for months to progressively and proactively execute the safest off-road racing event possible, and we could not have held this event without the help of Vigilent Labs,” said Dave Cole, Lead for the King of Hammers Race and President of Hammerking Productions. "Our innovative partnership with Vigilent Labs enabled us to navigate public health requirements and deploy a comprehensive digital COVID monitoring solution for pre-screening our racing event attendees to ensure their health and safety."
This project marks an important milestone for Vigilent Labs and the South Carolina life science sector as the company recently announced that it is investing more than $104.6 million and will create over 400 new jobs at its state-of-the-art COVID-19 test manufacturing facility in the Charleston Navy Yard.
"Our Vigilent Labs Medical Systems technology platform is the first digital health credential connecting a real person to a rapid COVID test, taking health surveillance to the Next Level,” said John Falk, President of Vigilent Labs. “With the outstanding support from the entire FedEx organization, we were able to quickly get these important COVID-19 test kits into the hands of the King of Hammers organizers, enabling their public event to go forward in California."
The cost-effective rapid antigen tests, which produce fast and accurate results in seven to 10 minutes, are CE-marked and pursuant to CDC guidance, useful for COVID-19 screening and surveillance. The kits will be immediately put to use by the King of Hammers Racing event, which is being held from January 28 to February 6, 2021, in San Bernardino County, California, to pre-screen attendees for COVID-19. This event is the first widely attended event to deploy the Vigilent Labs’ v.PASS digital credential, the company’s state-of-the-art health monitoring solution, to ensure adherence to increased federal, state and local safety guidelines.
“We take pride in our dependable, fast and efficient transportation mechanisms, which enabled us to help Vigilent Labs to deliver these COVID-19 antigen tests,” said Elizabeth Tonelis, FedEx Sales Executive.
To learn more about Vigilent Labs’ solutions for COVID-19 testing and monitoring, visit www.vigilentlabs.com.
About Vigilent Labs
Vigilent Labs is an advanced health and medical technology company that provides solutions for the detection, identification and assessment of health and bio-threats. The company provides point-of-care (POC) medical testing devices, initially centered on the COVID-19 pandemic, paired with a comprehensive digital health and credentialing platform that offers near real-time tracking of disease. Founded in 2019, Vigilent Labs is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with additional manufacturing and production facilities in Laramie, Wyoming and throughout the United States. For more information, visit https://vigilentlabs.com/.
SC invention provides a solution for reducing accidental needle sticks see more
Medical University of South Carolina neurophysiologist Jessica Barley, Ph.D., and neurologist Jonathan C. Edwards, M.D., noticed a clinical problem and decided to do something about it. The needle electrodes used to monitor a patient’s nervous system function during surgery can also pose a safety risk. Stranded uncapped needles can find their way into health care workers or even patients. Working with the Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences (ZIAN), an MUSC technology accelerator, and Rhythmlink International LLC, a medical device manufacturer headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, the team created a novel safety electrode that has the potential to reduce needle sticks.
The electrode, known as the Guardian Needle, was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for intraoperative monitoring (IOM). The technology has been licensed to Rhythmlink, which is ramping up production for a rollout to hospitals nationwide this autumn.
“We thought it was unacceptable and unfair that the team providing the care to the patient should be put in harm's way by equipment that was meant to do the opposite and ensure patient safety,” said Barley, who runs the intraoperative neurophysiology program at MUSC Health and is co-inventor of the Guardian Needle. “This is how we first came up with the design.”
During high-risk surgical cases, the neurophysiology team uses IOM to monitor a patient’s nervous system. The process involves inserting approximately 40 needles throughout the patient’s body and connecting them with long wires to the IOM machine.
“IOM serves as a vital early warning system,” explained Barley. “It preserves neurologic function in real time.”
However, the setup increases the risk of needle dislocation. Currently available needles can become uncapped when dislodged from the patient’s skin. This results in a danger of needles sticking the staff while in the operating room (OR).
“We don't have to accept that a certain number of our staff are going to get stuck by an IOM needle,” said Edwards, chief of the Integrated Centers of Clinical Excellence in Neuroscience at MUSC Health and co-inventor of the Guardian Needle. “That's a problem, and it's our responsibility as people in the field to solve it.”
The Guardian Needle should protect the surgical team from harm because it is never uncapped. It was designed to deploy the electrode safely only when inserted in the patient. If the needle is dislodged from the skin, it automatically resheathes into its protective casing.
“The key thing is that you don't have to cap and uncap the needle, and it automatically retracts when it's not in the patient,” said Paul Asper, vice president of commercialization at ZIAN.
The design also includes adhesive bandages around the needles. The adhesives enable the team to secure needles to the patient without manually taping them, thus decreasing OR time and cost. The bandage, like the needle electrode, is sterile, which reduces the risk of infection from nonsterile tape.
“We did timed trials,” said Barley. “Just trying the full setup the very first time using the new design, we were all faster,” she said, comparing the new needles with the needles they had used before.
Not only does the Guardian Needle protect the surgical team and decrease OR time, but it also enables better patient care by reducing the risk of needle sticks to patients and helping to maintain a sterile environment.
The adhesives on the needle also secure it in place despite shifts in patient positioning. The adhesives thus ensure signal integrity as the electrodes monitor nervous system function during surgery.
The clinician-innovators were able to come up with the clever design because they were personally familiar with the clinical problem they were trying to address.
“Clinicians have great ideas all the time,” said Edwards. “But 99% of those ideas die, mostly because we don’t have time.”
Enter ZIAN, with the expertise, knowledge and resources to turn an idea into a product. In the case of the Guardian Needle, the ZIAN team developed a business plan and patent strategy, raised funding for research and development, engineered the prototype and forged a licensing agreement with a world-class medical device company, saving valuable time for the busy clinicians.
“The expertise on the ZIAN team aligns perfectly with the clinical expertise of the inventors, enabling both parties to execute on their strengths,” explained Mark Semler, CEO of ZIAN. The core mission of ZIAN is to develop and bring to market technologies that solve unmet clinical needs.
“We have that clinical perspective to create a pipeline of ideas,” said Edwards. “ZIAN provides the practical implementation of those ideas, and neither of those two would be successful without the other.”
Rhythmlink, a South Carolina-based company specializing in medical devices that record or elicit neurophysiologic biopotentials, has licensed the technology and has begun to ramp up production of the Guardian Needle. Their unique position in the industry allowed them to recognize the importance of this invention. That, combined with their contribution to the intellectual property, design enhancements for manufacturing and expertise in regulatory guidelines, helped the product become a reality.
“This is a great example of South Carolina organizations collaborating in the health care space and an illustration of South Carolina’s prowess in innovation, entrepreneurship, life sciences and manufacturing,” said Shawn Regan, co-founder and chief executive officer of Rhythmlink. “Creating a safer work environment for health care professionals absolutely aligns with our mission to improve patient care. Working with ZIAN and MUSC to develop the Guardian Needle and bring this creation to life was a no-brainer from a collaboration standpoint.”
Successful commercialization of the product and the widespread distribution that Rhythmlink can provide are key to realizing a potentially industry-changing standard of care. As the novel electrode is rolled out in hospitals across the country, researchers will collect needle-stick data to determine whether it is safer than the current standard of care. If it is safer, as its inventors believe, it would likely become the new standard of care, given federal workplace safety rules.
“Being at the forefront of an innovative and potentially industry-changing movement is exciting and exactly where we strive to be,” said Regan.
To the inventors, the Guardian Needle provided a way to make a difference not only for their MUSC Health colleagues but also for surgical team members across the globe.
“In health care, we gladly and eagerly place ourselves at risk every day when we're caring for others. But it does have an element of stress and anxiety,” said Barley. “This invention is particularly special because we're not only caring for our patients in a safer, higher-quality way, we're also protecting our colleagues and teammates. It feels like a way of giving back to them and keeping them safe.”
Edwards explained that it is this type of innovation that has enabled him to help patients and health care providers he will never meet. This he considers a benefit of practicing academic medicine.
“We always think of clinical practice, teaching and research as the three pillars of medicine,” he explained. “There's a fourth pillar, and that fourth pillar is innovation.”
Innovation has led this MUSC team to create a solution for a once-tolerated problem. They encourage other clinicians to do the same.
“Take obstacles as an opportunity to find the solution yourself,” encouraged Barley.
AVX stepping up to fight COVID-19 crisis see more
To meet the rapid increase in customer demand for critical medical equipment such as lung ventilators, mobile x-ray, CT systems, ultrasound, and patient monitors, AVX is preparing its plants to actively support the manufacture of all required components to produce the medical equipment needed to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus and treat those who have been infected.
AVX provides a wide range of components that are critical to medical electronics in general and specifically ventilators. AVX NTCs measure gas and patient temperature. Tantalum and ceramic capacitors as well as Schottky diodes are used throughout the power supply system that powers the pumps, motors, displays, and control logic in ventilators. TransGuards are used as transient voltage protection on interfaces, keyboards, touch screens and audio alarms.
AVX provides a wide range of components that are critical to medical electronics in general and specifically ventilators. (Credit: AVX)
“All of us, at every level, function and business, feel the significance and the intensity surrounding the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic situation, both in our personal and professional lives. Teams across the company have been meeting daily to address critical employee and customer issues. What motivates AVX every day is knowing that despite the current situation, we are rising to the challenge as our manufacturing plants continue to deliver for our customers around the globe,” the company notes.
In a recent example, AVX has committed to fast delivery of high-grade tantalum capacitors from its plant in Lanskroun, Czech Republic, directly to UK Smith Medical company in urgent need for building 10,000 ventilators for hospitals and healthcare institutions. The requirement for three TRJ series part types were processed with top urgency to deliver it in the shortest term while keeping its high-quality standard.
According to the company, the plants continue to give their best effort to deliver all parts as soon as possible, with the shortest possible lead times with a focus on functioning effectively and efficiently to minimize all delays.
Arthrex has completed construction on their new South Carolina manufacturing facility see more
Brasfield & Gorrie recently completed construction on a new manufacturing facility in Anderson for Arthrex, a global orthopedic medical device company headquartered in Naples, Florida.
The $36.1 million project includes a 250,000 square foot medical device manufacturing building and a 30,000 square foot central services building. The manufacturing building consists of 175,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space and 20,000 square feet of clean room assembly space for sterile packaging activities for all manufactured medical devices. The remainder of the building is a two-story office space for support staff. Click here for the full story.
Life sciences in South Carolina is big business -- and getting bigger by the day. Read why... see more
In this article published simultaneously in Charleston Business Magazine, Columbia Business Magazine and Greenville Business Magazine, SCBIO CEO Sam Konduros paints a picture of the diversity of the rapidly-growing life sciences industry, and why the future is exceedingly bright -- and getting brighter -- as the $11.4 billion industry soars to new heights across South Carolina.
Life sciences in South Carolina spans a diverse spectrum—from major pharmaceutical companies to globally known medical device companies.
It encompasses start-ups and early stage innovation companies and embraces prestigious research universities and acclaimed health care systems employing some of America’s finest minds. It includes research and medical labs, bioscience-related distribution, even Bio-Ag tied to the state’s historical agricultural segment. Click to read complete article...
Clemson and Arthrex are launching a program to teach students and support the med device industry see more
The surgical device industry is continuously growing and evolving. According to data from GlobalData, the orthopedics market is expected to grow to $66 billion by 2023 from $52.8 billion in 2017. In South Carolina, medical devices are an anchor of the state's fast-growing and globally respected life sciences industry, according to executives with SCBIO -- the Palmetto State's life sciences industry organization and champion.
In response to this upward trend, surgical device companies are seeking more employees with a specialized skillset, and thanks to a new partnership with Arthrex Inc., Clemson University students will be equipped to answer the call.
A global leader in minimally invasive orthopedics, Arthrex already works with Clemson on a number of research projects. Now it’s expanding its engagement with the university through a new, two-year pilot program developed with the needs of the surgical device industry in mind and a generous gift of ten $7,500 scholarships.
“Arthrex is one of the university’s valuable strategic partners, and this opportunity to work together to create programming unique to Clemson speaks volumes about what the company thinks of our talented faculty and students,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “This partnership is another example of Clemson’s ongoing commitment to the state of South Carolina, and I am grateful to Arthrex for its generous gift, which will enable our students to work with a world-class company to develop skills that are vital to the surgical device industry.”
“Arthrex takes great pride in its commitment to education and we are pleased to help develop the next generation of highly skilled professionals like Arthrex Technology Consultants who work with orthopedic surgeons to provide trustworthy technical product support,” said Arthrex President and founder Reinhold Schmieding.
In October 2017, Arthrex announced plans for a new $40 million facility in Sandy Springs, South Carolina. Surgical devices will be manufactured in the 290,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled to open this summer. The new location is part of Arthrex’s efforts to expand its manufacturing base into South Carolina to create new products and jobs in America.
The pilot program will span two years and comprise a series of courses, Arthrex internships and additional learning opportunities for rising third-year students majoring in bioengineering, marketing and health sciences departments.
MKT 4950 Developing and Selling Medical Devices is the first course being offered in the series and will begin in fall 2019. Taught by Ryan Mullins in the College of Business, course material provides students an introduction to the health care industry with a focus on the development and marketing of surgical device innovations. Mullins was selected to develop the course as the Provost’s Inaugural Innovation Fellow, a program created to encourage faculty on campus to support corporate engagement efforts.
“Our collaboration with Arthrex helps us create a new type of focused course,” said Mullins. “We will walk students through real case studies at Arthrex to understand how surgical devices get translated from marketable idea to surgeon or physician adoption. This helps us illustrate the challenges inherent to both the health care marketplace and marketing of new offerings, which is not taught anywhere else.”
Students who are enrolled in the course may apply for the scholarship and additional programs offered as part of the two-year series of courses. Those who would like to participate in the entire program will take Student Affairs’ Certified Student Leader Program in the spring and an internship with Arthrex in the summer. Students outside of the participating departments can also intern with Arthrex by working with their advisers and the career center.
This partnership was developed through Clemson’s Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives. Additional details regarding the scholarship, internship and second-year courses will be available soon.
Grant to fund creation of the South Carolina Medical Device Alliance to invent and develop products see more
SCRA has been awarded approximately $750,000 in federal grant funding by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) as part of the 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies Competition. The grant will fund the creation of the South Carolina Medical Device Alliance to invent and develop products and bring them to market. This partnership, comprised of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and industry leaders, will form a regional innovation cluster to grow the economic impact of the medical device industry through job creation and startup formation, as well as to attract international businesses to establish a presence in South Carolina. The project total is $1,814,846, which includes the federal grant funding and matching funds.
“We are honored to be one of forty recipients nationwide,” said Christine Dixon Thiesing, SCRA’s Director of Academic Programs. “This program will serve South Carolina’s academic institutions and clinical innovators to overcome challenges inherent in the commercialization of medical devices. Building the medical device sector will also diversify South Carolina’s economy strategically by leveraging the existing skilled workforce and fostering a broader range of job opportunities for its workers.”
The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, leads the Regional Innovation Strategies Program to spur innovation capacity-building activities in regions across the nation.
“MUSC’s Foundation for Research Development (FRD) is excited to be partnering with SCRA on this project,” said Michael Rusnak, Executive Director of FRD. “This gives MUSC one more vehicle to advance medical device technologies through our company startup activities; a substantial win for local economic development and more importantly, patients.”
To learn more about the South Carolina Medical Device Alliance, including the scope of work and key personnel click here.
SCRA is a state-chartered organization that fuels South Carolina’s innovation economy by accelerating technology-enabled growth in research, academia, entrepreneurship and industry.
Building the business of life sciences in South Carolina has become the call to action of SCBIO... see more
Building the business of life sciences in South Carolina has become the call to action and theme of the 2017 annual conference of the S.C. Biotechnology Organization (SCBIO). The rapidly evolving statewide industry association is featured in this September 2017 issue of Charleston Business Magazine, and will be featured in October 2017 issues of Columbia Business and Greenville Business as well. Click here for the full article.
South Carolina's life sciences industry is booming. Read on for details... see more
From pharmaceuticals and medical devices to research and laboratory testing, the state's life sciences field is booming. The Charleston and Lowcountry region is home to many established companies and start-ups making a mark on the biomedical and health industries. Read on for the full story from Charleston Business Magazine's 2018 State of the Lowcountry Report.
ZEUS Industrial has acquired MWC Technologies, LLC see more
ORANGEBURG, S.C., June 11, 2018 -- Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. (Zeus), a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, today announced that it has acquired MWC Technologies, LLC (MWC). This adds to the capabilities that Zeus has been developing for the past five decades.
MWC, a manufacturer of medical device components based in Chattanooga, TN, possesses innovative technologies that support Zeus' growth strategy. This acquisition will allow for the global commercialization of the many cutting-edge, solution-driven products in MWC's portfolio.
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"Since I founded the company in 1966, Zeus has been focused on continuing to grow and innovate. This acquisition supports those goals. We are confident that our acquisition of MWC will provide value to our customers today and into the future.." – Frank P. Tourville, Sr., Founder and Chairman of the Board, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.
"The acquisition of MWC will expand our capabilities and product portfolio to address the rising demand for advanced precision extrusions. Our combined expertise will enhance our ability to better serve customers around the globe." – John Winarchick, CEO, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.
"We are excited to be joining the Zeus team! Zeus's long term commitment to industry leading quality, customer service and innovation aligns well with MWC's culture. Our combined technologies will enable new to the market solutions for our customers." – Eric Avans, Quality Manager, MWC Technologies
Zeus Industrial Products: Learn more about the company and its products on the Zeus website; or call toll-free 1-800-526-3842 or +1-803-268-9500 outside the U.S.
ABOUT ZEUS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., is headquartered in Orangeburg, SC, USA. Its core business is the development and precision extrusion of advanced polymeric materials. The company employs over 1,500 people worldwide with manufacturing facilities in Aiken, Gaston and Orangeburg, South Carolina; Branchburg, New Jersey; and Letterkenny, Ireland. Zeus products and services serve companies in the medical, automotive, aerospace, fiber optics, energy and fluid management markets. For more information, visit www.zeusinc.com.
Southeastern life science organization join forces to promote entire region see more
SCBIO and six additional Southeastern U.S. life science and medtech groups are joining forces to better promote and advocate for the region.
The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) on Wednesday announced the formation of an alliance with six individual state medtech and life science advocacy groups: BioAlabama, Bio Florida, Georgia Bio, ncbio, Life Science Tennessee and SCBIO.
“Industry and academic partners simply cannot invest enough in each individual state’s bio advocacy organization — nor travel to each organization’s annual event every single year,” SEMDA executive director Jason Rupp said in a news release.
“But they can come to SEMDA, where the entire region gathers every year bringing their leading investors, academic and industry partners including the best of their young, innovative, investable companies,” Rupp said.
No single state in the Southeastern U.S. can match the medical device and life science industry strength of the nation’s major hubs in California, Minnesota and Massacusetts. But taken together, the region is more competitive, according to industry advocates there.
“We are strongest as a region,” said Russell Allen, president and CEO of Georgia Bio. “If we are to advance medical technologies to improve care, reduce healthcare costs and create new jobs, our state associations must work closely together to connect innovators and share resources.”
The announcement was made at the inaugural 2018 SEMDA Medtech Conference May 2-4 in Greenville, S.C.
ZEUS promotes Steve Peterson to President see more
Steve Peterson has been named president of SCBIO investor group Zeus Industrial Products Inc., a polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovation company based in Orangeburg, effective immediately.
Peterson previously held the position of global head of marketing and sales and senior vice president. He will continue to report to Zeus CEO John Winarchick.
“Since joining Zeus in 2017, Steve has been leading the global sales and marketing function,” Winarchick said in a news release. “During this time, he has demonstrated exceptional customer focus and leadership. Along with his ample skill set and experience, these capabilities will prove extremely valuable in his new role.”
Peterson will focus on developing growth strategies and team building.
"I look forward to leading our 1,500-plus employees around the globe as we continue to deliver top-notch service to our customers,” Peterson said. “I will focus on maintaining the growth momentum Zeus has enjoyed since its inception. I am grateful for the confidence placed in me and am excited to assume this new role.”
Greenville-based Zylö Therapeutics is utilizing regional chemical/mechanical engineering in new ways see more
Once home to a thriving textile industry replete with chemical and mechanical engineers working to improve the soil and machinery converting raw cotton into commercial goods, upstate South Carolina may be on the precipice of its next industrial revolution: medtech.
Born from technology developed at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Greenville-based Zylö Therapeutics is utilizing the regional chemical/mechanical engineering expertise and support network to improve drug and nitric oxide delivery through a proprietary sustained delivery system called Nanopods.
SEMDA Medtech to Showcase Over 20 High-Impact New Technologies, National Speakers at May 2-4 ConferenceLeading-edge innovators, top presenters headed for SEMDA's Medtech 2018 in South Carolina see more
Leading-edge innovators present for recognition, reward at annual gathering of Southeastern who’s who in medical technology, devices and diagnostics
Greenville, SC – April 27, 2018 – At least 23 organizations ranging from start-ups to well-established companies have been accepted to present their latest, ground-breaking innovations to entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors and business leaders from across the life sciences space as the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) 2018 Medtech Conference convenes in Greenville, SC May 2-4, 2018.
SEMDA -- a non-profit trade association focused on making the Southeast a world-class region for medical technology, device, and diagnostic companies – has invited 23 finalist companies to present at PitchRounds 2018 – a highly targeted venue for both “Seed” companies as well as later-stage organizations to present innovative ideas to panels of institutional investors, regulatory leaders, venture capital directors, IP experts and others.
Companies from seven Southeastern states will present ground-breaking ideas and technologies to hundreds of industry leaders. Host state South Carolina leads the way with 10 companies invited to present, followed by Georgia and Florida with three companies each. North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia and Tennessee are also represented.
Among the South Carolina companies invited to present are Zylo Therapeutics, Accessible Diagnostics, KIYATEC and Moterum from host city Greenville, while Charleston’s Sanguine Technologies and Cryogenix, and Columbia’s Proof Biotechnologies are also invited.
Invitees from Georgia include Intent Solutions and nfant, both of Atlanta, while North Carolina entries include Diamond Othopedic of Charlotte. Memphis, Tennessee’s Sweetbio, Birmingham’s Circulogene and Nashville’s Raiven are also featured invitees.
Twelve Early-stage companies from the Carolinas, Alabama and Florida have been invited to present at PitchRounds, with four finalists to be selected to compete for $10,000 in prize money, while getting to meet investors and partners at sessions and networking receptions. SCBIO, SCRA and global law firm Eversheds Sutherland are co-sponsors of PitchRounds.
Among the featured speakers committed to present at the conference are keynoter Joe Lee, Executive Director of Life Sciences for JP Morgan; Andy Fish, Chief Strategy Officer of AdvaMed; and Denise Hines, North American Chair of the Health Information & Management Systems Society and current CEO of eHealth Services Group.
Joe Lee is Executive Director of Life Sciences for JP Morgan and leads the Middle Market Banking coverage of life science companies across the Southeast. Widely respected in life science industry circles, Mr. Lee will discuss key opportunity areas for growth in the Southeast and provide rapid-growth companies with counsel on how to prepare their organizations for success in the competitive space.
Andrew Fish is Chief Strategy Officer of AdvaMed, the leading trade association advancing medical technology in the U.S. and around the world. As chief strategy officer, Mr. Fish leads the association’s strategic planning, oversees AdvaMed's global, regulatory, and payment departments, and coordinates the development and operations of AdvaMed’s membership divisions and sectors.
Dr. Denise Hines is current Chair of the North America Board of the Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and is actively involved in HIMSS’ Women in Health IT initiatives that promote diversity and recognition. She is CEO of eHealth Services Group and serves as Executive Director of Georgia’s statewide health information exchange (HIE).
“The Southeastern medtech industry as a whole shows incredible growth and promise, and the diverse entries from across the region reflect that growth,” said Jason Rupp, Executive Director of SEMDA. “PitchRounds gives us the chance to see the future come to life before our eyes with cutting-edge innovation and game-changing advancements in medical technology, devices and diagnostics from some of America’s brightest minds.”
The SEMDA conference typically attracts more than 400 executives in medtech and life sciences from throughout the United States and has become a must-attend for the medtech community. Registration is strong but space is still available, noted Mr. Rupp. Persons interested in attending can review the agenda, speakers and registration details online at http://www.semda.net.
“These presenters and companies demonstrate that SEMDA has evolved into a truly regional organization that embraces and represents a diverse collective of medtech startups, universities, corporate organizations, investment resources, suppliers and capabilities from across the southeastern United States,” Mr. Rupp added.
The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a regional non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device and medical device data system (MDDS) companies in the Southeast. Created in 2004, the association provides unique educational resources to accelerate device development and achieve commercial success with access to funding, education, and networking opportunities for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, investors, tech transfer offices, universities, sponsors, and service providers interested in growing the medical device industry in the Southeast.
Invited and scheduled to present at PitchRounds 2018
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Kayla Rodriguez Graff
Sanguine Technologies Inc.
Accessible Diagnostics, LLC
Luke Marshall, Ph.D.
Aravis BioTech LLC
DiaTech Diabetes Technology
Proof Biotechnologies, Inc
PivotSC LLC/ XtremedX