Medical device manufacturers network MedNet of Minnesota joined forces with medtech trade association LifeScience Alley, merging their membership.
St. Paul, Minn.-based MedNet will fold into the St. Louis Park, Minn.-based LifeScience Alley, a lobby group and trade association for the medical device industry. MedNet members automatically get 1 year of free membership in LifeScience Alley as a result of the deal, according to a press release.
"MedNet has grown to a place where we believe integration with LifeScience Alley is best for our members and Minnesota’s medical device and supplier communities. We’re excited about what the power of these two organizations can mean for the work we’ve done to add value to our members," said MedNet CEO Darlene Miller in prepared remarks.
MedNet of Minnesota used to be called the Minnesota Valley Medical Manufacturers Network, and was established in 2006 to boost the medtech economy in Burnsville, Minn.
LifeScience Alley touts itself as the largest state-based life science association in the U.S. The lobbying group recently shook up its board with appointments from top medical device companies, including 3M, Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) and Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX).