South Carolina companies to have presence at MEDICA conference in Germany

The MEDICA conference brings together executives from the medical devices industry.

When the MEDICA Education Conference kicks off today in Germany, several South Carolina-based companies and facilities will be represented,

The Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will be attending the conference, said to be one of the flagship events of the medical devices industry.

The conference, which will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, will run through Thursday. Topics to be covered include surgery and new operative techniques, imaging, endoscopy and interventions, geriatrics, palliative and nutritional medicine, and infectiology, inflammation and laboratory medicine.

Mike Graney, CRDA’s vice president of global business development, will be at the conference to talk about the features offered in Charleston, South Carolina and the United States, with his focus on the growing number of biomedical companies that are choosing to locate in Charleston.

Andy Reding, U.S. general manager of Trumpf Medical, said South Carolina — and Charleston — offered much to international medical companies. Trumpf and MUSC have already partnered on several projects.

“MUSC has been very welcoming and open to working with us,” Reding said. “We’re able to get a level of access here that I just don’t think would be possible in other metropolitan areas. The hospitals see it as part of their responsibility to help grow the local business community.”

Another international company, specialty biopharmaceutical firm Aeterna Zentaris, Inc., invested $1 million in the Charleston region when it launched operations there in 2014.

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