Governor Wolf Visits Philips Ultrasound, Hosts Roundtable with Pennsylvania Med Tech Businesses

January 04, 2018

Reedsville, PA –  Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined state officials, executives, and community leaders at Philips Ultrasound to discuss the importance of medical technology innovation in Pennsylvania and the positive impacts it has on Pennsylvania’s economy.

“Pennsylvania is lucky to be the home of so many businesses in this dynamic and growing industry,” said Governor Wolf. “It is critically important to the commonwealth that life science and medical technology businesses are succeeding, and I am deeply committed to ensuring that Pennsylvania continues to be a business-friendly state, so that our industries have the tools needed to do just that.”

The administration actively supports the development of biomedical devices, and other components of the life sciences industry by bringing together resources and programs like the Life Sciences Greenhouses and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, to support life science and medical technology companies looking for opportunities in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,300 life science establishments and more than 1,100 research, testing and medical labs statewide. The medical technology industry employs nearly 80,000 people and contributes more than $13 billion dollars to Pennsylvania’s economy annually.

“Our Reedsville location designs and manufactures some of the most innovative ultrasound solutions on the market, helping to improve the patient and staff experience, while enabling healthcare providers to make clinical decisions,” said Vitor Rocha, Ultrasound Business Leader for Philips. “As a health technology leader with a strong and growing presence in Pennsylvania, including our Sleep and Respiratory Care division, Philips wants to help lead the conversation around the innovations needed to achieve seamless care. Only through public-private partnerships, working with Governor Wolf, and local healthcare industry leaders, can we have an open dialogue on how Pennsylvania can be instrumental in advancing healthcare.”

“Life Sciences Pennsylvania is pleased to discuss with Governor Wolf the diverse and vibrant life sciences community that spans the commonwealth,” said Christopher P. Molineaux, President and CEO, Life Sciences Pennsylvania. “Within our membership of 755-member companies we count more than 80 medical device companies. These companies have or are developing world-class devices that impact the delivery of healthcare here in PA and around the world.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to discuss with Governor Wolf how Pennsylvania’s vibrant medical device manufacturing cluster contributes to patients’ health and the economic health of the commonwealth,” said Advanced Medical Technology Association’s (AdvaMed) President and CEO Scott Whitaker. “We look forward to continuing this discussion in September when The MedTech Conference, the global event for medical technology, comes to Philadelphia.”

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