Governor Herbert took the stage earlier this week at the AdvaMed 2018
MedTech Conference in Philadelphia., PA to tell the story of Utah’s
growing life sciences industry
SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioUtah praises Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s speech on September 25 during the
breakfast plenary session of the 2018 MedTech Conference. Gov. Herbert
told the packed ballroom of 3,000 national and international medical
technology executives and stakeholders about Utah’s exceptional life
sciences industry, raising the profile of the state as the place to be
for innovation, growth and better healthcare.
The Governor emphasized that the industry supports one in 15 jobs in
Utah, with above market wages. He also stressed the difference that the
industry makes in people’s lives.
Following his remarks, the Governor visited the Utah Life Sciences
exhibit booth, where he met with representatives from Utah companies,
including those from BD, Edwards Lifesciences, Johnson & Johnson, Merit
Medical, Protecs and Stryker.
“Utah’s life sciences industry is vibrant and diverse,” said Gov.
Herbert. “The life sciences sector in the state is one of the
fastest-growing in the country, due in part to our culture of innovation
and collaboration. This fertile ground allows entrepreneurs to
successfully take a concept to commercialization and investors are
For the first time, BioUtah, in partnership with the Utah Governor’s
Office of Economic Development (GOED), Economic Development Corporation
of Utah (EDCUtah), the University of Utah’s Center for Technology and
Commercialization (TVC), Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR),
and Protecs, sponsored a Utah life sciences exhibit booth at the
conference. The booth reinforced the governor’s message and gave the
industry a platform to further highlight the new Kem C. Gardner Policy
Institute study of the industry’s economic impact on the state.
“Having a united Utah presence at this conference was key,” said Keith
Marmer, associate vice president, executive director at TVC, who
attended the event. “Together, we created a focused venue to build
awareness about our industry and network with life sciences leaders from
outside the state.”
“We were excited to have the governor there, supporting the Utah
contingent,” said Kimberly Davis, Director of State Government Affairs
for Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson, along with BD and Stryker, had
company exhibits at the conference. The governor stopped by each of
their booths to talk with employees and learn more about the work they
do to improve and save lives.
By all accounts, the MedTech conference was a plus for Utah’s life
sciences community. In fact, after the Governor’s speech, several
medical technology companies came by the booth to say that Utah would
now be on their radar when looking to manufacture or expand operations.
“It was a privilege having the governor at the conference,” said Scott
Whitaker, president and CEO of AdvaMed.
BioUtah is an independent 501(c)(6) trade association serving Utah’s
life sciences industry. Its member companies reflect a broad spectrum of
the industry with strengths in medical device manufacturing and
services, research and testing, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, advanced
diagnostics and healthcare IT, amongst others; and are a key driver of
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