WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO®) and Georgia Bio have joined the Advanced Medical Technology Association’s (AdvaMed) State Medical Technology Alliance (SMTA), bringing its total membership to 39 groups in 29 states.
The SMTA is a consortium of state-based trade associations that represent medical device manufacturers within their memberships. The Alliance’s mission is to collectively support the medical technology industry by fostering a collaborative environment through sharing of information, best practices and actively advocating for public policies that support medical innovation and job creation.
As the industry addresses significant policy challenges, AdvaMed’s interactions and partnership with the state-based associations is increasingly important.
“We are proud to join the ranks of other state-based industry representatives under AdvaMed’s leadership and to work with Congress and the Obama administration,” said David Miller, president and CEO of iBIO. “It’s important that government officials hear regularly from their home state business people.”
The medtech industry is a strong contributor to the U.S. economy, responsible for creating more than two million high-paying jobs across the country.
“Georgia has a strong medical device industry that has a significant impact on our state,” said Charles Craig, president of Georgia Bio. “We are excited about partnering with AdvaMed on state and federal issues concerning medical devices. As we deal with legislators in Congress, or in Atlanta, it is extremely important that we are speaking with a unified voice when telling our story. As a part of the SMTA, we will certainly do whatever we can to promote, preserve and enhance the industry in Georgia and nationally.”
AdvaMed’s President and CEO Stephen J. Ubl said he looks forward to working with the group’s two newest members. “We are pleased to welcome Georgia Bio and iBIO and look forward to working with them on important issues such as MDUFA implementation and the repeal of the medical device tax.”
AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit www.advamed.org.