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CLSA CEO Advocates on Capitol Hill for MedTech Innovation

March 19, 2018
By Adam Lotspike

Rep. Tony Cardenas, Jenny Carey & Sara Radcliffe
Rep. David Valadeo & Sara Radcliffe
Rep. Lou Correa, Adam Lotspike, Jenny Carey & Sara Radcliffe

Last month, CLSA President & CEO Sara Radcliffe,and our Federal Government Relations team participated in AdvaMed’s State MedTech Alliance (SMTA) annual fly-in to advocate for medical technology investment, innovation and jobs. California is home to 1,800 medical device firms employing over 77,200 people – more firms and employees than any other state in the nation, and representing 18.5% of the nation’s medtech workforce.

This year, 20 state and regional associations participated in the fly-in, demonstrating the nationwide importance of a vibrant medtech sector. Radcliffe and our DC-based federal government relations team met with Reps. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) and David Valadao (R-Hanford), as well as staff from the offices of Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Menlo Park), Mike Thompson (D-Napa) and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine). Discussions were focused around the importance of encouraging innovation, combatting the opioid crisis, and coverage and payment issues.

Questions? Please contact Jenny Nieto Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations & Alliance Development (jcarey@califesciences.org).