Academic/Technology Transfer

The MedTech Conference provides the ideal environment to connect with thousands of medical technology professionals in one place, at one time, without traveling all over the world.

The conference offered the following opportunities for the academic and technology transfer community in 2019.

MedTech Connect

MedTech Connect allowed academic participants to search for potential industry partners and attendees with similar interests, and request one-on-one meetings based on mutually available times. Meetings took place onsite in the MedTech Connect Zone area of the Exhibit Hall. In 2018, partnering meetings including at lease one academic participant accounted for 12% of the total scheduled meetings. The top five academic partnering institutions averaged 15 scheduled meetings through MedTech Connect.


The MedTech Conference program included over 100 sessions and presentations that provide the latest updates on trends and the future of the industry. Relevant for academic attendees were sessions that focused 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), and the MedTech Innovator Showcase sessions presented the brightest startups and small companies in the industry.

View the 2019 program

Informal Networking

In addition to structured networking through MedTech Connect and attending the educational program, academic attendees were offered multiple ways to connect with other attendees, such as the Exhibit Hall, networking receptions and Academic Meetup.

Academic Discount

If you are planning to send more than one participant to The MedTech Conference, please contact Beth Perkins at

“This was my second time attending The MedTech Conference, and I find it beneficial for both business development and educational purposes. The conference’s sessions keep me updated on important industry trends and news. And the size of the conference offers an ideal platform for making new contacts, both through the MedTech Connect partnering system and other networking opportunities. It’s a great event to showcase our healthcare technologies and let the industry know that our university is ready to collaborate!”

Seth Zonies, Ph.D., Director, Business Development, The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE)

AdvaMed Best Practices Guide

AdvaMed completed a Best Practices Guide in February 2019 that aims to facilitate advantageous relationships and better operating models between university technology transfer offices and the medical technology industry.

Review the guide