Medical device industry lobbying group AdvaMed this week unveiled the latest addition to its Medical Technology Veterans Program, a website dedicated to fostering the relationship between device makers and returning veterans who are looking for guidance and mentoring when entering the industry.
“We are proud of our industry’s passion and commitment in working together to assist and support service members as they make the transition from the military to the civilian work force,” Michael Minogue, chairman, president & CEO of Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) and a Desert Storm veteran, said in prepared remarks. “We believe the medical technology industry is a natural fit for veterans, who are dedicated to a mission of service.”
The website aims to provide industry members and veterans a connection point around which to build a community, through which veterans can find mentors and learning opportunities and industry members can offer guidance and recruit new talent.
The portal was initially made available to the 25 MVP Heroes who participated in early program events, but is open to any U.S. veteran looking for medical technology jobs according to a press release.
The MVP initiative, initially unveiled in July during the MassDevice Big 100Roundtable East, is supported by partnerships with various medtech groups, veteran sponsors and the International Center for Professional Development. The program includes training sessions, industry mentoring, career development coaching and networking opportunities.
"The training program was created as a way of thanking our returning heroes for the unbelievable sacrifice they made for our nation," according to the program website. "After completing this intensive program, MVP Heroes will be better prepared for exciting careers at in the medical technology industry."