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Transatlantic Trade Opportunities for Midlands Life Science Companies

13th May 2019

The Mentor Delegation met with Medilink Midlands and key stakeholders last week as part of Mentors UK visit. Strengthening relationships to boost trade and investment between the two regions.

The US guests visited London, Nottingham and concluded their visit in Birmingham to attend and present at the MTI Expo and Conference at the NEC. Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager of Mentor, presented on the collaboration and trade opportunities open to Midlands Life Science companies, and Medilink members were offered the opportunity to meet in one to one sessions with the delegation during the two day expo.

Medilink Midlands and Mentor are looking to set up a biosciences trade mission to Northeast Ohio, from 21 – 23 October 2019. Highlights will include attendance at the Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Summit and visits to regional biomedical innovation, R&D and business development agencies and institutions, including the Global Centre for Health Innovation and Case Western Reserve University. There will also be networking opportunities with American biomedical and med-tech companies. To register your interest in meeting with the Mentor delegation, please email zoeh@medilinkwm.co.uk

Background information:

In August of last year, Medilink Midlands and the City of Mentor announced a strategic partnership to promote trade and investment between the two regions. In October of last year, this led to a successful Medilink Midlands trade mission to the City of Mentor and the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit. As part of the growing relationship between the two regions, a reciprocal offer was made for a delegation from Mentor to visit the UK.

The City of Mentor, in Northeast Ohio, is a 20-minute drive from downtown Cleveland. Mentor is becoming a focal point for the Northeast Ohio cluster of over 700 biomedical companies, including over 400 medical device manufacturers specialising in imaging, neuro-stimulation, orthopaedics, cardiovascular, and sterilization. Among these are world leaders such as General Electric Healthcare, Siemens, Toshiba, Hitachi, Philips Healthcare, and STERIS. STERIS Corporation was founded in Mentor in 1985. Other top Mentor biomedical companies include Volk Optical, Frantz Medical Group, SourceOne Merry X-Ray Corporation, and Integrated Medical Solutions.

Northeast Ohio is also home to internationally recognized clinical research institutions, including the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University, providing Mentor biomedical and med-tech companies with a world-class platform for research, design, and innovation.

Mentor has a number of key benefits for life science companies looking to set up a base for operations in the USA. Manufacturing costs are low, the region has a stable and experienced workforce and the local government is pro-business and committed to ensuring the continued economic success of the city.

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