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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 13 September 2006    
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Emory Leads AIMS Biodesign Summit With Universities and Biotech Industry
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Georgia's 6th district congressman Tom Price, MD, will be among the officials presiding at the opening ceremonies of the inaugural American International Medical Summit on Biotherapeutics and Medical Design (AIMS on BioDesign), Monday, Sept. 18 in Atlanta at the Omni CNN Center Hotel.

The two-and-a-half-day summit, from Sept. 18-20, is a groundbreaking collaboration among Georgia's leading academic institutions for the development of the biodesign and medical device development industry in the Southeast. The program is presented by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University and sponsored by Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the Medical College of Georgia.

A "President's Roundtable," featuring the presidents and leaders of these institutions is scheduled for the second day of the summit, Sept. 19, from 3:20-4:30 pm.

Randy Martin, MD, an eminent Emory cardiologist and WSB-TV health correspondent, will serve as emcee for the event, which also includes presenters from around the globe. Speakers include representatives from London's National Health System and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who will present meaningful, actionable methodologies to facilitate the development of new technologies and bring them to market.

AIMS on Biodesign will encourage and facilitate the development, invention and patenting of medical devices and provide a foundation for networking among scientific, legal and business audiences in the Southeast. The summit will focus on endovascular intervention in cardiology, cardiac and vascular surgery, interventional radiology, interventional neurovascular therapy, and critical care medicine.

Michael M.E. Johns, MD, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory University, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and chairman of the board of Emory Healthcare, is a key supporter and speaker at the event. "This summit will demonstrate Emory's commitment to the worldwide advancement of global initiatives in biodesign as it directly applies to patient care," says Dr. Johns.

For more information, contact: Melinda Ennis-Roughton (404-607-0503),, or visit

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