FASMED and Medical Cluster are joining forces to create SWISS MEDTECH
At their joint general assembly in Berne on 6 June 2016, the two Swiss medtech industry umbrella organisations, FASMED and Medical Cluster, adopted the shared goal of establishing a new association named SWISS MEDTECH. They plan to merge their activities by the middle of 2017 - significantly increasing the clout of this essential industry in Switzerland.
The aim of the planned alliance is to work together to improve conditions and strengthen the position of the Swiss medtech industry. It will also promote the attractiveness of the domestic medtech workplace and market, as well as the international competitiveness of the sector. The combined influence of over 600 member companies will facilitate the implementation of major projects and make tackling challenges easier.
It is also essential that political and public awareness of the medtech industry and its economic importance is raised through specially coordinated thematic activities. SWISS MEDTECH members will also be able benefit from opportunities tailored to the diversity of the industry, and the extensive network within the association.
One-year transition period
Both organisations have been working together closely for years and assist each other in organising events such as Swiss Medtech Day; as well as other major industry projects, communication campaigns, and the publication of papers such as the Swiss Medical Technology Industry SMTI sector study. Medical Cluster and FASMED will continue to focus on their respective business activities during the transition period between 7 June 2016 and mid-2017. The official founding of SWISS MEDTECH will take place on 12 June 2017.