Calling for Volunteers
SEMDA, the Southeastern Medical Device Association, announces its 8th annual conference May 7-8, 2014, at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center in Atlanta (#SEMDA2014).
Following the record-breaking 2013 conference resulting in a 20% growth in attendance, triple the investor attendance and a 30% increase in presenting companies, with more nationally-recognized keynote speakers than ever before, we call on all Southeastern-based Medical Device, Medical Device Data System (MDDS) companies, individuals, members and sponsors to join in now and get involved!
"SEMDA is entering a year of transition in which we desire to be defined by growth in membership, expansion of regional reach and influence and, most importantly, value creation for the medical device industry," stated Bob Crutchfield, President of SEMDA and Partner at Harbert Venture Partners. "Our industry is facing many challenges and opportunities. With the collective experience, knowledge and capability of industry leaders, SEMDA can be the leading source of data, connectivity and vision for Medical Devices and MDDS companies in the Southeast."
Leading next year's conference is Chairperson Angela Sinton, Founder and Managing Partner of MedTech Partners, LLC, and Director of Strategic Development for SEMDA. "Having been a part of this committee for three years, I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors to Chair this prestigious conference," said Ms. Sinton. "Our ultimate goal is a forum that provides resources for medical device innovators to successfully navigate products from concept to commercialization through investment opportunities, strong service provider connections, exceptional educational programs--including nationally renowned speakers, and focus on SEMDA success stories from people who can speak from first-hand experience.
We want to link those necessary to get products to market and create jobs in the region while positively impacting patient quality of life everywhere."
Introducing the 2014 SEMDA Conference Leadership Team:
Conference Chair: Angela Sinton, MedTechPartners, LLC, SEMDA-Director Strategic Development
Conference Co-Chair: Glenn Harvin, TriNet Corporation
Director Investor Relations: Chris Hooper, Wholeberg Ventures, LLC
Director Presenting Companies: Miles Hall, Meunier, Carlin & Curfman, LLC
Director Programming: Ashley Hancock, Innovetica, LLC
Director Sponsorship: Russell Reams, UPS Healthcare
Director Community Outreach: Rob Natowitz, Ideal Search Services LLC
Director Marketing & Communications: Joanne Sanders
Participation in the 2014 conference committee will provide individuals with an opportunity to showcase their leadership in the industry while networking with influential members of SEMDA and the medical device community. Sponsorship will be bringing additional exposure to industry leaders during (and leading up) to the 2014 conference - poised to be our most successful. Given our regional focus this year, we are specifically calling on our members in FL, NC, SC, AL and TN to get involved with our SEMDA Conference leadership as well as sponsor this critical industry event for the southeast.
SEMDA Director of Strategic Development
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ATLANTA, February 28, 2013 – The seventh annual conference produced by the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) set a new record with more than 400 attendees, toppling the previous 2012 record of 300 participants. The SEMDA 2013 Conference was held February 19-20 at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta.
The SEMDA 2013 Conference also had a record number of participating companies, with 20 companies highlighting their technology and devices before a crowd that included an estimated 60 seed, angel and venture capital investors, private equity and large corporations seeking new acquisitions. This was the first year that medical device data system (MDDS) companies have been included in the SEMDA Conference.
“The SEMDA Conference has grown from a local gathering to a Southeastern-focused event that draws attendance from across the country,” said Robert L. Crutchfield, who assumed the role of SEMDA President for 2013-2014 at the Conference. Crutchfield is a Partner at Harbert Venture Partners, with offices in Birmingham, AL and Richmond, VA.
“An event of this scope and excellence requires countless hours of work from a large team of volunteers. We were fortunate to have Arthur Spalding, founder of TAMM Net, Inc., as the Chair of the conference this year,” Crutchfield continued. “He has set a high bar, but his focus on building a strong structure to support next year’s team gives us a head start on 2014.”
Angela Sinton, Senior Partner at Medical Device Marketing, LLC, served as Conference co-chair and also chaired the presenting company committee. Sinton was recognized with the Chairman’s award for outstanding volunteer at the close of the Conference.
“The annual SEMDA Conference is an opportunity to bring together everyone involved with the medtech industry in the Southeast,” said Charlie Harrison, the outgoing SEMDA President. “It is always exciting to see the connections that are made at the Conference, and then to find out that those connections led to mutual opportunities and success.”
Recognized as the premier gathering for the Southeast medical device industry, the Conference included presentations to investors along with programs, 1:1 partnering and networking opportunities. Program speakers and panelists included executives from multinational medical device companies, the FDA and acclaimed specialists.