CLSA in San Diego Business Journal: Conference Brings Attendees to ‘Epicenter of Precision Medicine’
MEDICINE: S.D.’s Growing Medtech Sector Gets Recognition
By Brittany Meiling, San Diego Business Journal
September 24, 2015
A major medical technology conference will bring thousands of executives to San Diego in October, a nod to the region’s lofty standing in the health tech industry.
The event is hosted by AdvaMed, or the Advanced Medical Technology Association, a trade group based in Washington, D.C., that represents 80 percent of the medical technology firms in the country. The conference, scheduled for Oct. 5-7, will bring together 1,000 companies for business development, capital formation and technology showcasing.
Last year’s conference in Chicago drew over 2,000 attendees from 30 countries, and event organizers expect increased attendance this year.
Landing the event in San Diego puts the region prominently on the map for medical technology.
“San Diego is establishing itself as the epicenter of precision medicine and improving the way diseases are identified, prevented and treated for decades to come,” said
Sara Radcliffe, president and CEO of the California Life Sciences Association. “Hosting AdvaMed 2015 here in San Diego allows us to showcase that leadership.”
San Diego’s Sector
San Diego has long been known for its health technology sector, an industry that emerged from the city’s historic excellence in science and technology. Global leaders in health technology call San Diego home, including the world-renowned, genome-sequencing firm Illumina Inc. and multibillion-dollar medical device maker DexCom Inc., which recently inked a deal with Google’s new life science division.