Why I loved MEDTECH 2015

Buffalo

Buffalo, NY, is not generally recognized as a hub for technology and innovation. But that is exactly what the city looked and felt like to me when it hosted MEDTECH 2015, one of the largest and most impactful medical technology conferences in the state of New York.

Over the last decade, I have definitely noticed a transition in the city of Buffalo and in the surrounding region. As part of the recent “Buffalo Billions” initiative, the state of New York has invested a significant amount of resources and time into innovation, infrastructure and education. This is in an effort to spur Buffalo and western New York’s economy and enrich the quality of life for its residents.

During this time of year, where many of us are reflecting on 2015, I wanted to share the great experience that all of us from Creation who attended MEDTECH 2015 back in October had. Here are a few of my highlights:

  • A Booth with a View: The site of the conference, the brand new Harbor Center Complex in downtown Buffalo, had an ice rink and we could actually watch a Buffalo Sabres practice from our booth!
  • Inspiring Speakers: The closing keynote by IBM Watson Health was very interesting and engaging. The speaker, Mike Svinte, spoke about Big Data and the Internet of Things, and how they apply to our day-to-day lives – particularly in the manufacturing sector.
  • Exchanging Ideas: During the two days, we were able to interact with a lot of other MedTech members. It was interesting to hear about new technologies and innovative medical devices that are part of the New York landscape and are actively contributing to the renewal of the region. We hope that we can partner with more of these great companies and create devices that will enrich lives.
  • A Well-Oiled Machine: MedTech did an excellent job of planning the event and setting customized agendas. The collaboration tracks were an interesting way to allow attendees to pick the content they wished to take in and the workshops they wanted to attend.
  • Local Revolution: During the two days at MEDTECH we heard some of the same words being used over and over: reinvention, revitalization, innovation, and growth. One of the goals of the conference was for leaders in the local medical technology industry to collaborate and share ideas that will further the community.

MEDTECH also presented some great opportunities for our CEO, Bhawnesh Mathur, to connect with leaders and influencers from the region. With Creation being an EMS partner that has long served medical device companies, our CEO was eager to speak about how innovation, collaboration, and partnership in the manufacturing sector could drive economic growth.

Here is the video of Bhawnesh sharing his thoughts as part of the panel discussion on “Strategy & Development Track: Manufacturing Innovation.”

It will be interesting to see how MEDTECH 2015 attendees apply these concepts in the next 12 months. I am looking forward to coming back next year to see how far we’ve come, and make plans to go even further.

Innovation and Manufacturing Fuel Economic Renewal

Early in my career, a big part of my job was to coordinate company involvement in various trade shows across North America. I have worked hundreds of industry and association events over the years. As a result, most tradeshows and conferences can look the same to me and I rarely get excited to attend.

However, I am truly excited to attend the MEDTECH 2015: Convergence | Building Momentum for Growth conference in Buffalo, NY on October 14th and 15th. Here’s why.

Passion for Innovation

My excitement is both personal and professional. I’ve enjoyed my career in engineering and manufacturing over the years because I enjoy seeing how things are made. You could say that innovation truly inspires me.

For Creation Technologies and so many within the electronics manufacturing industry, we believe innovation is at the core of commercialization and manufacturing success. Without new ideas driving new technologies and new products, there would be no manufacturing sector. We’d lose a big economic driver.

Economic Opportunity

Over the last 10 years, there have been significant shifts in manufacturing in North America. I’ve travelled across many provinces and states, visiting businesses in small towns and big cities. I’ve been witness to the struggle of businesses and have seen the very real impact on local economies when a company is forced to close its doors, as well as the impact on people and their families when those jobs are lost.

The entire premise of MEDTECH 2015 is to bring together brilliant minds in healthcare, sharing new ideas and technologies that will elevate the medical industry to new levels. MedTech member companies are innovative and bringing new products to market. As a result, MedTech member companies are growing and creating new employment opportunities across the New York State and beyond, which is a good thing for everyone.

Medical Industry Driving Renewal and Growth

I am excited that Creation is a member of MedTech, and we are looking forward to great discussion at the conference in Buffalo.

I look forward to hearing the thoughts of Bhawnesh Mathur, Creation’s President and CEO, as he discusses the theme of Manufacturing Innovation as part of a panel of experts.

I also look forward to learning more about the cutting-edge technologies and products in development by our OEM customers.

Creation Technologies’ mission statement is to ‘enrich lives’ and we are proud to support MedTech and its innovative member companies. There is no doubt the ideas shared at MEDTECH 2015 will spark change and revitalize communities.

And that’s something to get excited about.

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