Associations Government Agencies and Organizations

AdvaMed. 1200 G Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 200053814, U.S.A. Phone: +1 202-783-8700, Fax: +1 202-783-8750. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www.advamed.org. The largest medical technology association in the world, representing more than 1200 manufacturers of medical devices and diagnostic products. As the industry's key advocate, AdvaMed works for faster payment and coverage decisions from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), represents industry interests worldwide, and works to reduce regulatory burdens and to hosten adoption of new technologies.

EucoMed. Associations Place, St. Lambert 14—B 1200 Woluwe, St. Lambert, Belgium. Phone: +32-2-772-2212, Fax: +32-2-771-3909. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http:// www.eucomed.org. The trade association for the European medical technology industry. Similar to the U.S.'s AdvaMed, EucoMed works to promote the business interests of its members with national governments and the European Union; enhance global market access; and encourage development of new and innovative technologies. Eucomed represents directly and indirectly more than 3500 business entities, with small and medium size companies comprising more than 80% of this sector. Membership comprises about 26 national and pan-European Associations and some 51 multinational medical technology manufacturers with a major European presence.

The European Surgical Trade Association (ESTA). De Flam-mert 1012, 5854 NA Bergen, The Netherlands. Phone: +314853-44661, Fax: +31-4853-44509. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www.esta-office.com. Mission is to provide business development opportunities and a gateway to the European medical market. The seventeen member companies have a combined turnover of 600 million Euros and about 2000 employees.

Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA). 1900K Street, N.W. Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006, U.S.A. Phone: +1 202-496-7150. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www.medicaldevices.org. National trade association representing independent manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostic products, and health-care information systems. Its stated mission is to "promote public health and improve patient care through the advocacy of innovative, research-driven medical device technology,'' and to this end is proactive in trying to influence policy that impacts medical technology innovators. Active members are the actual manufacturers. Associate members include law firms, venture capital firms, investment banks, accounting firms, contract manufacturers, distributors, and consultants.

Medical Technology Leadership Forum (MTLF). MJH 318, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403, U.S.A. Phone: +1 651-9624635, Fax: +1 651-9624636. E-mail: none listed. URL: http://www.mtlf.org. Founded 1996. A nonprofit membership organization whose goal is to educate policy makers, healthcare leaders, the medical community, and the public about the role of medical technology and the need to sustain innovation. Holds MTLF forums and summits. Reports and white papers are subsequently published which present the discussions from these forums. Recent meetings included: 2004 Capitol Forum—The Search for Quality and Value in Healthcare: Implications for Medical Technology, and MTLF Summit—Defining the Regulatory Process for Combination Products: The Emergence of Tissue Engineering.

Office of Microelectronics, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Medical Equipment and Instrumentation. Washington, DC, U.S.A. Phone: +1 202-482-2470. E-mail: [email protected]. URL: http://www.ita. doc.gov/td/health/, then select "Medical Equipment.'' The Medical Equipment Division is the Department of Commerce's Medical Device Industry Desk. Staff members support U.S. device companies with in-depth analysis on the industry, help with exporting, take them on trade missions, gather sales leads, track foreign regulatory policies, and assist with trade agreement negotiations. Resources on the Web site include numerous industry statistics including import/export data, industrial production, and employment figures, foreign regulatory requirements, and information by regions and individual countries.

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