Industry giants provide scholarships to help startups present at the AdvaMed Conference

 “I get by with a little help from my friends” comes to mind as AdvaMed 2014: The MedTech Conference, announced today that industry giants Abbott, Baxter, Covidien and Johnson & Johnson provided scholarships to help startups give company presentations at the annual AdvaMed Conference.

Company Presentations are an opportunity for emerging growth companies to deliver nine- minute presentations to angel, venture capital and private equity investors, as well as corporate business development executives.

“Company Presentations offer the opportunity for both emerging companies and large companies to build new relationships while showcasing the latest in MedTech,” said Sandy Thompson, senior partner at RoundTable Healthcare Partners and business development committee chair for AdvaMed 2014. “Connecting innovative startups with strategic partners and investors is a key step in driving industry growth and development of life changing new technologies.”

Fifteen of the companies will present through scholarships offered by Abbott, Baxter, Covidien and Johnson & Johnson. Scholarships will help cover Company Presentation fees. Visit here for the full list of presenters, including previous scholarship winners. The full list includes a number of local companies including the PROPEL Business Plan Competition winner PixelEXX, Advanced Cooling Therapy, Briteseed, Cearna, Corvida, Diagnostic Photonics, Novian Health, and Sword Diagnostics.

MedTech companies selected to present hail from industry sectors including cardiovascular; patient monitoring; in vitro diagnostics; neurovascular, oncology and ophthalmic; orthopedic; and surgical devices and instruments. Company Presentations will be followed by relevant Sector MeetUps, which are targeted networking meetings with strategic partners, investors and business development executives.

“Partnership and collaboration between large and small companies is crucial to advancing the health of our industry and our citizens,” said Jeff Barton, vice president of licensing and acquisitions at Abbott and one of the conference sponsors. “AdvaMed 2014 Company Presentations will provide a demonstration of cutting-edge diagnostic and other medical technologies from early-growth companies around the globe.”

This year’s conference will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Ill., from October 6-8. It will bring together more than 1,000 companies for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking.