MITA Presents 2016 “Innovation Award” to Congressman Meehan


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 Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) with the 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.

“Siemens Healthineers is extremely grateful to Congressman Pat Meehan for all that he has done to support jobs in Pennsylvania by supporting the repeal of the Medical Device Tax, ” says Michael Wendt, SVP, Diagnostic Imaging, Siemens Healthineers North America and MITA Board Member. “We fortunately have representatives like Pat who listen to and support their communities, allowing us to continue on the path of engineering excellence. ”

The U.S. headquarters for Siemens Healthineers is in Malvern, Pennsylvania—one of its 12 locations in the state—and supports about 400 jobs in device manufacturing facilities.

“We appreciate the leadership of Congressman Meehan in championing economic growth, job creation and patient care through investment in the medical technology industry,” said Patrick Hope, MITA’s Executive Director. “In an increasingly polarizing political landscape, it is encouraging to see our leaders can transgress party politics to ensure better outcomes for patients and better opportunities for American manufacturers and workers.”

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.

Congressman Meehan voted in favor of a two-year suspension of the medical device tax which went into effect on December 31, 2015. He currently represents Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Committee on Ethics. Pennsylvania’s medical imaging technology companies deliver $2.8 billion in economic activity and employ nearly 12,000 people.

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.


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