Founded in 1996, the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) is the largest regional MedTech association in the United States, with over 300 members representing manufacturers, product developers, suppliers, research institutions and academic health centers. Over the past 20+ years, the efforts of MassMEDIC and its members have driven industry success and growth in the region, establishing Massachusetts as a world leader in this sector.
The Challenges You're Facing
Today’s healthcare environment, with its focus on driving higher quality care at a lower cost, presents both opportunities and challenges for the MedTech industry. Advanced testing and procedures, coupled with new trends such as population health management and connected care, are fueling innovations in devices, diagnostics and digital health.
At the same time, MedTech companies are compelled to make significant changes to all aspects of their operations to contend with greater regulatory oversight, complex new policies (such as the FDA’s UDI rule), and pressures from healthcare providers around everything from pricing to healthcare acquired infections (HAI) reduction and cybersecurity. Not to mention the impact of payment reform, continued competition from abroad and global supply chain issues.
MassMEDIC Is Your Partner in Addressing These Challenges.
“MassMEDIC offers a number of key events that provide new and upcoming medical device companies with the opportunity to present their novel technologies to leaders in the MedTech industry.”
Director of Business Development,
Massachusetts' Medical Device Sector, at a Glance
From Vibrant and Growing – An Updated Profile of the Medical Device Industry in Massachusetts, a report prepared for MassMEDIC by KPMG - May 6, 2015
“MedTech is a large, complex, innovative branch of the health science sector. MassMEDIC’s Women in MedTech Forum provides women leaders in this industry with a networking platform and a meeting place to share best practices.”
Vice President, Research & Development,
The Resources You Need
Through our services, programs and collaborative initiatives our members gain the knowledge they need to identify emerging industry trends, understand the impact of local and national policies, and implement change within their organizations to succeed in this new healthcare reality.
- Advocacy: We advocate industry positions at the state and federal levels to promote policies developed by our members that reflect the unique interests of the state’s MedTech sector.
- Networking: We provide numerous networking opportunities for MedTech companies and others aligned with the industry, facilitating introductions to manufacturers, suppliers, researchers, industry leaders, investors, management experts and other potential business partners both in the U.S. and abroad.
- Fostering Innovation: As an organization strongly committed to supporting MedTech start-ups, MassMEDIC offers a variety of resources, including business plan development, access to business development executives at MedTech OEMs, and mentoring to MedTech entrepreneurs at the early stages of their companies’ conceptualization, formation and development.
- Events: We host the region’s two leading annual MedTech industry events: the MassMEDIC Annual Conference in May and the MedTech Showcase in October, as well as a series of informational programs throughout the year featuring expert speakers on industry critical topics.
MassMEDIC's president, Thomas J. Sommer, has led the organization since its inception. During his tenure, Sommer has served as the association’s chief executive officer, managing its day-to-day operations and working with medical device industry executives in developing its policy agenda.
Tom Sommer's Bio
Tom Sommer was named the first president of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) in October 1996 by the organization’s founding Board of Directors. Since that time, Sommer has served as the association’s chief executive officer, managing its day-to-day operations and working with medical device industry executives in developing its policy agenda. Since its establishment, MassMEDIC has grown to 400 member companies – manufacturers and developers of medical products, suppliers, research institutions and academic health centers – and has advanced the public policy interests of the Massachusetts medical device sector on Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, and before various federal agencies.
Prior to his appointment at MassMEDIC, Mr. Sommer served as a vice president of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, where he managed external relations and research activities for this quasi-state agency from 1994-1996. He was vice president for policy and communications of the New England Council, a regional business organization, from 1989-1994.
Mr. Sommer was deputy director of the Massachusetts Office of Federal-State Relations in Washington, D.C. and Boston from 1983-1987, serving as a member of Governor Michael S. Dukakis’s senior staff. From 1980-1983, he was a legislative assistant at the National Association of Development Organizations, a Washington-based association of local economic development officials.
Mr. Sommer received his B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Board of Directors
Randy Barko, Ximedica
Michelle L. Basil, Haemonetics Corporation
Michael H. Bison, Goodwin Procter, LLP
David Bradshaw, Cambridge Consultants
Ojas A. Buch, Philips
Art Butcher, Boston Scientific
Thomas Crane, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.
Joe Doherty, Olympus Surgical Technologies America
Michael Dunkley, Continuum Advanced Systems
Meg Eckenroad, Hologic
Andrew J. Greenfield, Abiomed
Maia Harris, Pepper Hamilton
Charles J. Johnson, UMass-Isenberg School
Jeff Lersch, Karl Storz Endoscopy
Francis C. Manganaro, Nova Biomedical
Luis J. Maseda, NP Medical
A.J. Meuse, Associates of Cape Cod
Joseph Mullings, The Mullings Group
Monish Rajpal, L.E.K. Consulting
Aaron Sandoski, Norwich Ventures
Peter Stebbins, J&J Innovation Center
Robert J. Tosti, Brown Rudnick LLP
Nate Wallis, Abbott
Jeff Wyman, Smith & Nephew
Regulatory Advisor to the Board
Pam Weagraff, IQVIA
Thomas J. Sommer