AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference begins today at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. with a major emphasis on the opportunities and challenges facing the medical technology industry in an increasingly global marketplace. International-themed programming includes networking events, perspectives on regulatory developments in Asia, Saudi Arabia and the European Union, suggestions on accessing private capital outside of the U.S., and several sessions focusing on key MedTech markets including Brazil, Japan and Germany.
Kicking off the popular CEOs Unplugged series, top executives from Sorin Group, CVRx and Johnson & Johnson will offer a "CEOs' Take on Regulatory Developments in the European Union." Centered on revised regulations for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics proposed by the European Commission last fall, the CEO panel will dive into the ongoing debate and discuss the implications for marketing devices in the EU and global supply chain strategy.
Many of the conference panels will examine the business impact of medical technology on a global scale, including a Wednesday session entitled "Catching the Financial Waves Abroad: Accessing Private Sources of Capital in Non-U.S. Markets." Focused on strategies to raise private funds throughout Europe, Asia and other parts of the world, the panel session will feature seasoned investors from NBGI Ventures, Vivo Ventures LLC, and Ally Bridge Group/Themes Investment Management.
Other panel sessions with an international focus include: