Assignment: compare and contrast.
Earlier this year, Massachusetts officials passed what was dubbed the “gift ban," regulations that limit the contributions, gratuities, and meals pharmaceutical and medical device firms can give to doctors. At the time, Robert Coughlin, president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, warned that the new rules, which were considered to be the most stringent in the nation, would make event organizers think twice before coming back to Boston.
“Massachusetts is now seen as the most unfriendly state in the nation toward industry," Coughlin said in March. “In these tough economic times, you don’t want to send a chilling message to an industry that’s a growth industry."
The world’s largest medical-device trade group will bring its annual conference to Boston next year, the first time the event will be held outside of Washington, D.C.
AdvaMed 2012, a gathering of the American Medical Technology Association, could draw more than 2,500 people to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Oct. 1-3, 2012, said Ray Briscuso, producer of the conference. If it meets that goal, it would be the largest conference ever for the association, known as AdvaMed.
It would also mark the first time Boston has hosted the annual conferences of the two major life-sciences industry groups in the same year. In addition to the AdvaMed event, the convention center is scheduled to play host to the 2012 annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, known as BIO, on June 18-21. The BIO conference, last held in Boston in 2007, is expected to attract as many as 20,000 people next year.