Academic/Technology Transfer

The Virtual MedTech Conference provides the ideal environment to connect with medical technology professionals all from the comfort of your home or office.

The conference offers the following opportunities for the academic and technology transfer communities.

AdvaMed Academic Session and Meetup

Thursday, October 8
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Cultivating the Desirability of Early-Stage Technologies: An Industry & Academic Perspective
This segment focuses on highlighting key items and tools to consider for cultivating the attractiveness of university technologies to industry prospects. Areas of discussion will center 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 will be available with the following companies (invited) among others.

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


The Virtual MedTech Conference platform includes the opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings, enhanced this year so that meetings can take place virtually. We understand the importance of helping you develop and maintain relationships in our current environment. Partnering and attendee-to-attendee communication will be available as soon as the virtual conference platform opens on September 8, 2020 and remain open until October 23, 2020. 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 MedTech Conference program includes over 100 sessions and presentations that provide 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.

Registration and Questions

Registration is now open! Don’t miss the early bird registration rate, of $595 (Government, Academic, Hospital, Investor category) – good until August 28, 2020. If you are planning to register more than one participant from your institution, please contact Beth Perkins at [email protected].

“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 Sophearay Smith at [email protected].