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MassMVP program to kick off Thursday with boot camp at UMass Boston

Massachusetts Medical Technology Veterans Program to provide training, connect veterans with mentors in medical technology industry

Contact: Angus G. McQuilken, MLSC Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Phone 617-921-7749 Email: amcquilken@masslifesciences.com

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) will host a kick-off event on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, for a new medical technology workforce mentoring program for Massachusetts veterans. The Massachusetts Medical Technology Veterans Program (MassMVP) is a state-level initiative based on a national model created by AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association. That program was launched at AdvaMed 2012: The Medtech Conference in Boston in October 2012.

Medical devices are Massachusetts’ number one export, with approximately 400 medical device companies that employ more than 24,000 people in the state. Organized in partnership with the International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) and funded in part by Covidien, MassMVP aims to help veterans seeking careers in this fast-growing industry. The program will provide veterans with training and networking opportunities within the medical device and diagnostics fields.

Thursday’s event will be an intensive one-day “boot camp” – more than 30 veterans will be introduced to their industry mentors and will participate in training and networking workshops throughout the day. Each mentor will serve as a career advisor over the next year as the participants move through the job application process.

Program partners available for interviews at the event will include:

  • Siri Belur, Prior MVP mentee now employed at DePuy
  • Susan Windham-Bannister, President & CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)
  • Tom Sommer, President, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC)
  • Mike Minogue, Chairman, President & CEO, Abiomed

Veterans participating in the event will be in attendance with their mentors. Event highlights include opening remarks from Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs Michael Rush and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray’s lunchtime keynote.

When: February 14, 2013, from 8:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (opportunities for group photos of participating veterans and industry mentors will be available from 10:30 – 11 a.m.)

Where: 3rd floor of the Campus Center at UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

 

About the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is a quasi-public agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts tasked with implementing the Massachusetts Life Sciences Act, a ten-year, $1-billion initiative that was signed into law in June of 2008. The Center’s mission is to create jobs in the life sciences and support vital scientific research that will improve the human condition. This work includes making financial investments in public and private institutions that are advancing life sciences research, development and commercialization as well as building ties among sectors of the Massachusetts life sciences community. For more information, visit www.masslifesciences.com.

 

About MassMEDIC
The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, an organization of 380 manufacturers, suppliers, research institutions, and academic health centers, promotes the unique interests of the Bay State’s growing and vibrant medical device sector. Through a variety of programs, informational seminars, advocacy campaigns and other projects, MassMEDIC provides medical device manufacturers and suppliers with information on industry trends and regulatory policies, and creates forums that allow members to exchange ideas and information on issues affecting the industry. For more information on MassMEDIC, please contact us at (617) 414-1340, or visit our web site at www.massmedic.com.

 

About the International Center for Professional Development
The International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) is a non-profit organization that offers continuing education programs for students and professionals using personalized face-to-face experiential training and ongoing web-based support. ICPD programs advance professional careers by demystifying complex aspects of career development and enhancing relevant skills for emerging industries. For more information, visit www.icpdprogramsorg.

 

About AdvaMed
AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. For more information, visit www.advamed.org.