MITA Presents 2016 “Innovation Award” to Congresswoman DelBene


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 Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) with a 2016 “Innovation Award” for championing medical innovation, bolstering job creation within the medical technology industry and improving patient care through her leadership in suspending the medical device tax.

The award presentation took place at the Sonosite and Philips facilities in Bothell, WA and also included meetings with employees and a tour of the manufacturing floor.

“We are pleased to honor Congresswoman DelBene for supporting medical innovation and stimulating the job market in Washington state,” said MITA Board Chairman Nelson Mendes, president and CEO of Ziehm Imaging Inc. “In a divisive political climate, it is commendable for policymakers to put aside party politics to make the best decisions for constituents.”

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.

Congresswoman DelBene serves on the House Agriculture Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. She also serves as co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s 21st Century Job Skills Working Group, and co-chair of the Women’s High Tech Caucus, Internet of Things Caucus, Trademark Caucus, and Aluminum Caucus. Washington’s medical technology industry employs 8,700 people and contributes $3.9 billion to the state economy.

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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