Rich West, chief executive officer of Adigy, will lead the North Carolina Medical Device Organization as its chairman in the group’s first full year of operation.

The group (NCMD) was formed in October of last year.

Named as chairman elect for 2006-7 is Peyton Anderson, CEO of Affinergy.

Andrew DiMeo is NCMD’s executive director, and Sam Taylor, executive vice president of the NCBIO organization, is finance chair.

“North Carolina is home to a large number of medical device companies already, and most of the ingredients are here to make the medical device sector a significant contributor to the state’s economic growth, including the large company presence, the research strength, the technical skill base, and the access to capital,” West said. “I believe that NCMD is the missing ingredient, and that we can help to turn North Carolina’s medical device sector into a world leader.”

NCMD’s first event of the year will be a medical device industry seminar and reception on Feb. 16 at the NC Biotechnology Center.

On May 16, the group will host a medical products regulatory update led by Patricia Love of the FDA’s office for combination products.

NCMD is also is the process of planning a trade show.