The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA), a new nonprofit organization, is being launched to serve medical device companies in the region.

The first SEMDA chapter is in Atlanta, and the organization plans to expand to other cities across the Southeast. It will be a networking community to assist inventors and entrepreneurs in locating sources of financing, navigating the complex licensing and regulatory issues, and growing their medical device businesses.

“SEMDA will bring together physicians, inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and top scientists to create a strong support network for medical device companies in the Southeast,” says President and Co-Founder Rick Haury, who is a partner in the Healthcare/Medical Device Group of the Atlanta law firm Morris, Manning & Martin.

The organization is expected to provide members with information on topics such as fundraising, domestic and international regulatory issues, commercial and university licensing, commercialization of technology, intellectual property and negotiating strategies.

SEMDA will hold its inaugural meeting March 31 at the Buckhead Club on the 18th floor in the Atlanta Financial Center on Peachtree Road. Networking will begin at 5:30 PM, followed by the program at 6 PM.

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