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Device tax opponent to address Florida medical device symposium.

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) has never hidden his disdain for the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax. Two years ago, the 46-year-old congressman drafted legislation to repeal the levy and began recruiting support for his endeavor. He has the backing of nearly 230 House members so far, though most are fellow Republicans (only eight Democrats have signed on to the measure but Paulsen is confident there are more supporters to be found). Last fall, he penned an editorial with U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call in which he called the device tax "the most anti-innovation piece of legislation to come along in some time."

Paulsen likely will continue his advocacy efforts later this month at the Florida Medical Device Symposium in St. Petersburg. Slated to occur on April 30 and May 1, the event is designed to educate attendees about the state's medical device industry and provide them with networking opportunities. Paulsen is scheduled to address participants on May 1.

The two-day event will feature sessions on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 510(k) process, risk management, U.S. patent reform and product development. Those scheduled to speak at the symposium include Mark Leahey, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Medical Device Manufacturers Association; Tom Hartranft, senior director of design for Jabil Healthcare & Life Sciences in St. Petersburg; Matthew Otten, vice president of business development and operations for Interplex Medical in Milford, Ohio; and Geary Havran, chairman of the Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium and president of NDH Medical Inc. The symposium will end with a panel that explores the OEM-supplier relationship.

For more information about the symposium or to register for the event, call (850) 270-3158 or visit http://www.
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Date:Apr 1, 2012
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