Southeastern Medical Device Association bringing annual conference to Greenville

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The Southeastern Medical Device Association, a Georgia-based nonprofit that supports and promotes medical device companies, plans to hold its 12th annual conference from May 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville.

The conference typically attracts more than 400 attendees from throughout the United States and has become a must-attend event for service providers interested in growing the medical device industry, according to a press release.

“The South Carolina medtech industry has been a strong supporter of SEMDA for many years and is growing at one of the fastest rates in the country,” said Jason Rupp, executive director of SEMDA. “From 2012 to 2014, the number of new medtech businesses grew by nearly 30 percent, so we are looking forward to tapping into this growth.”

As part of the conference, the S.C. Biotechnology Organization (SCBio) and S.C. Research Authority (SCRA) have partnered to hold “PitchRounds 2018” — an event for startups and later-stage organizations to present their ideas, innovations, and products to panels of institutional investors, regulatory leaders, venture capital directors, IP experts, and others in structured sessions. Selected participants will receive individual feedback on their presentations and compete for $10,000 in prize money for selected winners.

Participating presenters also receive two full conference registrations and access to meet with investors and partners at sessions and networking receptions. Eversheds Sutherland, one of the largest law firms in the world, is also sponsoring the event. Startups interested in presenting must apply at by April 13.

“SCBio and our co-sponsors are delighted to make PitchRounds a possibility for South Carolina’s emerging medtech companies to showcase their innovations and solutions, and to directly access investors and industry leaders to gain direct feedback on their innovations,” said Erin Ford, SCBio vice president, in the release.

“While entries will be considered from across the entire Southeast and presentation spots are limited, we are confident that South Carolina will be well represented based on the robust pipeline of innovations the South Carolina life sciences community has been working on. We encourage all early- and later-stage companies to enter the PitchRounds program and showcase the Palmetto State’s talents.”

SCBio is South Carolina’s public-private economic development organization exclusively focused on building, advancing, and growing the life sciences industry in the state. The statewide nonprofit has offices in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston, and represents companies in the advanced medicines, medical devices, equipment, diagnostics, IT, and health care outcome industries, according to the release.

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Did you know? The life sciences industry has an $11.4 billion annual economic impact in South Carolina, with more than 400 firms and 15,000 professionals directly involved in the research, development, and commercialization of innovative health care, medical device, industrial, environmental, and agricultural biotech and products.


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