MDEA Issues Call for Entries

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November 1, 2008

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MDEA Issues Call for Entries

Organizers of the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) program have issued a call for entries in the 2009 competition. The MDEA competition is the premier awards program for the medical technology community, offering recognition to manufacturers, suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare.

Although entries are most often submitted by manufacturers, firms that provide materials, components, or other services may submit an entry on behalf of a product manufacturer with that manufacturer's written consent.

Now entering its 12th year, the program has previously presented awards to more than 280 groundbreaking healthcare products. To be eligible for the 2009 competition, products must be commercially available—able to be ordered or purchased—by December 31, 2008. The final deadline for entries (with payment of a late fee) is January 20, 2009.

Winning products enjoy recognition for their achievements, increased visibility in the industry, promotional and marketing opportunities, and potential coverage in leading trade, business, and consumer publications.

Winning products will be announced in April 2009, and honored with gold and silver awards in a ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, June 9–11, 2009, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The MDEA competition accepts the endorsement of professional and industry organizations whose members are involved in the design and development of medical technologies. Endorsing organizations supply expertise that assists in the development of the competition. Endorsing organizations of the MDEA program include the following.

  • ACCE Healthcare Technology Foundation (Plymouth Meeting, PA).

  • AdvaMed (Washington, DC).

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (Washington, DC).

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Santa Monica, CA).

  • Medical Device Manufacturers Association (Washington, DC).

  • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (Hadley, MA).

For additional details, including a downloadable entry form, entrants should visit the MDEA Web site at

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