MITA Presents 2016 “Innovation Award” to Senator Burr


Innovation Award Recognizes Members of Congress for Championing Medical Innovation, Bolstering Job Creation and Improving Patient Care through Medical Device Tax Suspension

Washington, D.C. – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today presented Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) with a 2016 “Innovation Award” for championing medical innovation, bolstering job creation within the medical technology industry and improving patient care through support of the medical device tax suspension.

“We appreciate Senator Burr’s dedication to improving the innovation landscape through his efforts to remove its greatest roadblock—the medical device tax,” said MITA Board Chairman Nelson Mendes, president and CEO of Ziehm Imaging Inc. “A tax on developing the technologies that prevent, detect and treat cancer and other serious conditions is harmful to his constituents in the state of North Carolina and patients across the country.”

The MITA 2016 “Innovation Awards” recognize members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding, ongoing efforts to promote innovation within the medical technology industry and improve patient care.

Senator Burr has strongly advocated repeal of the medical device tax and was instrumental in advancing a two-year suspension of the tax which went into effect on December 31, 2015. Senator Burr is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee and serves on the Senate Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. North Carolina’s medical device and equipment manufacturing industry employs more than 6,200 workers, at 260 firms.[i]

The American medical technology industry is a true economic success story, providing jobs for more than 400,000 people, paying out salaries that are 40 percent more than the national average ($58,000 vs. $42,000), and investing nearly $10 billion in research and development annually to advance patient care in the United States and around the world. The industry is fueled by innovative companies, the majority of which are small businesses, with 80 percent of companies having fewer than 50 employees.


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The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiation therapy and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for advanced medical imaging technology. For more information, visit Follow MITA on Twitter @MITAToday.

[i] Employment Contributions of the Medical Imaging Technology Industry, Charles River Associates