MTPConnect Makes Inroads In The U.S. Through MoU With Medical Alley Association At The 2017 MedTech Conference

Published: Sep 27, 2017

• MTPConnect and Medical Alley Association sign MoU to increase collaboration between US and Australian markets

• A delegation of 29 Australian medical technology companies, research organisations and industry bodies connect with the US market and showcase Australia’s strengths at The MedTech Conference in San Jose

Tuesday 26 October 2017, San Jose, United States of America—MTPConnect, the Medical Technologies, Biotechnologies and Pharmaceuticals Industry Growth Centre have today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Medical Alley Association, an organisation based in Minnesota that enables health innovation and care organisations to innovate, succeed and influence the evolution of healthcare.

The MoU was signed at the 2017 MedTech Conference in San Jose, by Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll, MTPConnect General Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Shaye Mandle, Chief Executive Officer of The Medical Alley Association, to increase collaboration on activities that boost the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, health and medical technology sectors of both Australia and the United States.

The two organisations will work together on activities such as providing introductions and in-market support in their respective jurisdictions, exchanging information on key issues and trends, supporting inbound and outbound missions, and the delivery of joint events and projects.

Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll said: “The MedTech Conference brings together the best-of-the-best in the international medical technologies sector, and has provided the perfect platform for MTPConnect and Medical Alley to sign an MoU to align our two organisations and collaborate to strengthen the growth of our respective markets.

“Medical Alley offers outstanding support to Minnesota’s health industry, and we look forward to forging a strong and fruitful relationship, opening further connections between the exciting innovations in our great countries.”

Shaye Mandle said: "Australia and Medical Alley have a history dating back to the development of the pacemaker. Our partnership today sets the stage for continuing to help patients live better, longer. We look forward to continued partnership with MTPConnect and the Australian medical technology community."

MTPConnect led a delegation of 29 Australian companies, research organisations and industry bodies to The MedTech Conference to showcase Australia’s outstanding innovative medical technology companies and build invaluable inroads into international markets. Led by Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll and Elizabeth Stares, Director of Major Projects at MTPConnect the impressive Australian delegation includes CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Analytica Medical, Life Whisperer Diagnostics, TechInSA and the Graeme Clark Institute from The University of Melbourne.

The MedTech Conference in San Jose provides those in the medical technology sector with an invaluable opportunity to connect with thousands of international professionals on policy, innovation, business development and investment. CSIRO and Austrade (The Australian Trade and Investment Commission), presented to the international audience in a panel session titled ‘Why Australia’, highlighting Australia’s thriving medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical ecosystem, generous incentive programs, strong credentials in medical devices and diagnostic development and strong clinical trials sector. As well as attending the full program of events at the conference, the Australian delegation also took part in a tour of the Boston Scientific CRM manufacturing site, and presentations from the Medical Device Innovation Consortia, Hogan Lovells attorneys, and The Medical Alley Association.

The full list of MTPConnect Australian delegation includes:

Analytical Medical
Artesian Invest
Bionic Vision Australia
Blue Curve Group
Cook Medical
CSIRO Manufacturing
Elementary Law
Ellex Medical
Graeme Clarke Institute, University of Melbourne
Griffith Hack
ide Group
Life Whisperer Diagnostics
Mobius Medical
Paul L Clark and Associates
Prime Accounting & Business
Quintiles IMS
STC Australia

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About MTPConnect

MTPConnect was formed as a not-for-profit organisation in November 2015 as part of the federal government’s $250 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative to accelerate the rate of growth of the MTP sector to achieve greater commercialisation and establish Australia as an Asia-Pacific hub for MTP companies.

The MTPConnect Head Office is located at the New Horizons Building at Monash University, co-located with CSIRO and industry. There are also key hubs at the University of Sydney’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology and the Medical Device Research Institute at Flinders University at Tonsley in Adelaide.

About The Medical Alley Association

Medical Alley Association serves the individuals and organizations that comprise Minnesota’s health industry by influencing policy, fostering connections and providing critical intelligence to improve the quality of health around the world.

The Association’s membership and supporting community extends around the world, with nearly 700 members employing more than 170,000 Minnesotans and many more globally. Medical Alley’s members have a US$23 billion annual impact on Minnesota and are world leading organizations that touch patients in nearly every corner of the world.

About The MedTech Conference

The MedTech Conference is the leading gathering in North America of global medtech executives with regulatory, reimbursement, business development, legal, IP, marketing, quality, compliance, HR and other key responsibilities. Along with industry leaders, the international conference attracts business development professionals, investors, policy-makers, members of the media, legal experts, consultants, distributors, and other important stakeholders.

More than 2,500 attendees will network, conduct business, gain access to capital and share insights in San Jose from September 25-27. The conference also features world-class plenary speakers, networking, and business development opportunities.

Media inquiries:
For MTPConnect
Zoe Stephenson
Corporate Communications Manager
+61 3 9905 1757

For The Medical Alley Association
Julie Schliesing
PR Manager
952 746 3813

Alfredo Martinez-Coll
General Manager Stakeholder Engagement
+61 404 014 686

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