Academic/Technology Transfer

The MedTech Conference provides the ideal environment to connect with medical technology professionals from across the industry spectrum.

The 2020 conference offered the following opportunities for the academic and technology transfer communities. Stay tuned to our website for information on our 2021 program, coming this summer.

AdvaMed Academic Session and Meetup

Cultivating the Desirability of Early-Stage Technologies: An Industry & Academic Perspective
This segment focused on highlighting key items and tools to consider for cultivating the attractiveness of university technologies to industry prospects. In 2020, areas of discussion centered on the stages of displaying the value of technologies; how obtaining governmental funding contributes to the desirability of technologies to medtech companies; and leveraging industry and academic educational resources available on this topic. Following the discussion, networking opportunities were available with the following companies among others:

  • Boston Scientific
  • Conformis, Inc.
  • Edwards Life Sciences
  • Hill-Rom
  • HOYA
  • Medtronic
  • Quidel
  • Stryker


The MedTech Conference platform includes the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings, enhanced to accommodate for meetings to occur virtually. We understand the importance of helping you develop and maintain relationships, especially in our current environment. Partnering and attendee-to-attendee communication will be available virtually through the platform. The platform will allow academic participants to search for potential industry partners and attendees with similar interests and request one-on-one meetings. Meetings will be hosted on a video conference that launches directly from your calendar within the system. At the 2019 conference, partnering meetings including at least one academic participant accounted for 10% of the total scheduled meetings. The top 10 academic institutions with the highest number of meetings averaged 16 meetings scheduled through MedTech Connect.


The 2020 MedTech Conference program included over 100 sessions and presentations that provided the latest updates on trends and the future of the industry. Relevant for academic attendees are sessions that focus on regulatory issues, startup and innovation in medtech topics, town halls with both the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the MedTech Innovator Showcase sessions presenting the brightest startups and small companies in the industry and more! View the 2020 conference agenda here. Stay tuned for the 2021 program coming this summer.

“Being able to interact with the medtech community at The MedTech Conference allows a great exchange of ideas and sprouts multiple conversations.”

Pritam Patil, Licensing Officer, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Learn more about AdvaMed’s year-round work to bring together universities and the medtech industry.

AdvaMed Accel is the division within AdvaMed dedicated to addressing the unique needs and challenges of smaller medical device and diagnostics manufacturers. As one of the organization’s strategic initiatives, the AdvaMed Accel University Technology Transfer project focuses on understanding how to create effective linkages between university technology transfer offices and medical device companies through the use of best practices. The AdvaMed Accel University Technology Transfer Best Practices Guide is the result of interviews, a formal fireside chat and group discussion with over 40 university representatives to gain a deeper understanding on this topic from the academic perspective as well as detailed research surrounding the topic of academic and industry engagement. For more information on this initiative, contact Patrick Brennan at [email protected].