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2012 Conference Sets Record for Attendance

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 3:45am
The Associated Press

(http://www.semda.net)

BD Technologies and H. Wayne Hodges, Executive Director of the Global

Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), will receive SpotLight Awards

from the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) as the 2012

Conference kicks off today. SEMDA's annual conference is recognized as

the premier gathering for the Southeast medical device industry.

The awards are one highlight of SEMDA's sixth annual conference, which

has a record 300 people registered to attend. The two-day conference

will give 14 emerging companies the opportunity to present to

investors and includes education and panel sessions, 1:1 partnering,

and a poster session.

"The SpotLight Awards were created to recognize outstanding

achievement in fostering the growth of the medical device community in

the Southeast, and are presented to one individual and one

organization each year during SEMDA's annual conference," explained

David Hartnett, Vice President of Bioscience/Health IT Industry

Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and SEMDA's 2011-2012

president.

BD Technologies is this year's winner of the Organization SpotLight

Award. Since 1972, when BD established the Becton Dickinson Research

Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, the company's presence in the

Southeast has expanded to include more than 850 employees in six

locations. This footprint encompasses everything from development of

cutting-edge technologies such as biosensors and drug delivery systems

to traditional manufacturing of diagnostic tests and laboratory

supplies. In addition, BD Technologies has played a major role in

launching new medical device companies through its BioVenture Center.

Wayne Hodges, the recipient of the Individual SpotLight Award, has

more than 30 years of experience in innovation, commercialization and

incubation management. In addition to serving as Executive Director of

GCMI, he is Vice Provost Emeritus of the Georgia Tech Enterprise

Innovation Institute. Prior to retirement, he was responsible for a

comprehensive set of Georgia Tech services that help industry,

entrepreneurs, communities and economic developers become more

competitive through the application of science, technology and

innovation.

As a member of the team that organized the Advanced Technology

Development Center (ATDC) in 1980, Mr. Hodges has been actively

involved in the management and growth of what has become an

internationally recognized technology incubator that helps

entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies. During his tenure

at Georgia Tech, Mr. Hodges established and led the ATDC Seed Fund

that has invested in more than 75 Georgia companies. He also initiated

the formation of VentureLab at Georgia Tech. Mr. Hodges also served as

president of the Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV), an

organization formed to manage and develop Technology Enterprise Park

adjacent to the Georgia Tech campus.

About SEMDAThe Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a

non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device

companies in the Southeast. Created in 2004, the association provides

a unique resource and networking opportunity for medical device

companies, inventors, physicians, and investors interested in

accelerating the growth of the medical device industry in the

Southeast. Through quarterly and members-only meetings, as well as its

highly regarded annual Conference, SEMDA meets the needs of members of

the medical device community. Learn more at

www.semda.net(http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release861899&id1362100&type1&urlhttp%3a%2f%2fwww.semda.net%2f).

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