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AdvaMed

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AdvaMed advocates on a global basis for the highest ethical standards, timely patient access to safe and effective products, and economic policies that reward value creation.

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), is a trade association that leads the effort to advance medical technology in order to achieve healthier lives and healthier economies around the world. AdvaMed’s membership has reached nearly 300 members and more than 80 employees with a global presence in countries including Europe, India, China, Brazil, and Japan. AdvaMed’s member companies range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies.The Association acts as the common voice for companies producing medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems.

Innovation Agenda

The medical technology industry is central to the development of medical technologies that will provide the life-saving and life-enhancing treatments of the future. But the innovation ecosystem that supports medical technology is severely stressed. The U.S. has historically been the world leader in medical technology, but our leadership is eroding.

To respond to these challenges and rebuild the innovation ecosystem, AdvaMed proposes a new Innovation Agenda. Enactment of this agenda will unleash the potential of medical technology to extend and improve lives, reduce the cost and burden of disease, and maintain and enhance U.S. scientific and economic leadership. Failure to act will mean lost lives, unnecessary suffering, reduced job formation, and diminished economic growth.

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