MITA Presents 2016 “Innovation Award” to Congressman Dent


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 Charlie Dent (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.

“Congressman Dent’s efforts have helped fuel innovation, laying the groundwork for the next generation of diagnostics and therapies,” said MITA Board Chairman Nelson Mendes, president and CEO of Ziehm Imaging Inc. “By rallying against the device tax, Congressman Dent has shown his commitment to protecting patient access to first-class, life-saving technologies and the thriving medical device industry that supports thousands of American jobs.”

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 Dent 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 15th Congressional District in the United States Congress and serves as the Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee for the House Appropriations Committee. He also serves as Vice Chair on the Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies and State and Foreign Operations. Pennsylvania’s medical imaging technology companies deliver $2.8 billion in economic activity and employ nearly 12,000 people.[1]

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.

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