Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and State Sen. Brandt Hershman Kick Off New Life Sciences Policy Series

Industry leaders join state legislators to discuss state's evolving life sciences ecosystem at event hosted by the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council and the Indiana Health Industry Forum at the Roche Diagnostics campus

Aug 31, 2015, 15:18 ET from Roche Diagnostics

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council and the Indiana Health Industry Forum today introduced The MedTech/Life Sciences Policy Forum to state legislators. The new policy forum was introduced at an event held at Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis and featured two panel discussions led by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and State Sen. Brandt Hershman. Legislators also were given a hard-hat tour of Roche's new Learning & Development Center, which is under construction on its northeast side campus.

Panelists contributing to the discussions were Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Commission for Higher Education; Steve Braun, Indiana Department of Workforce Development; Brad Bishop, OrthoWorx in Warsaw; David Broecker, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute; Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Tom Ryder, Genesis Plastics Welding; and Jennifer Zinn and Greta Clark, both from Roche Diagnostics.

The MedTech/Life Sciences Policy Forum is a series designed for members of the General Assembly that will focus on Indiana's strengths in the sector as well as policy recommendations to help spawn a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in the state. Both the medical device and life science industries along with the health industry in Indiana have interests in the retention, growth and attraction of current and new businesses in these sectors.

The next Forum will be held in New Albany on September 24, at the Purdue Technology Center.

The Forum will also hold meetings during Indiana's legislative session to discuss legislation that may affect the medical device and life science industries.

The Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council (IMDMC) serves to represent the interests of its member companies in the delivery of innovative, life-changing technologies to patients. IMDMC advocates on behalf of its members and is dedicated to providing ongoing training and education to help equip its members to adapt to the changing environment in which they operate. Through the relationships it develops, its recognized expertise and its passionate advocacy, IMDMC serves to increase public awareness of the economic and health benefits the Indiana Medical Device Industry delivers throughout the world. For more information please visit

About IHIF
The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is a statewide trade association representing members of Indiana's health science business community. The diverse members of IHIF generate the collective voice of the state's health and life science industry. Our mission is to connect key stakeholders to: enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state's health industry economy and reputation. For more information and to become a member, please visit

For media inquiries please contact:
Kathy Heuer
Executive Director, IMDMC, Inc.
PO Box 441385
Indianapolis, IN 46244
(260) 609-2802

Kristin Jones, President and CEO
Indiana Health Industry Forum
429 E. Vermont Street, Suite 304
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 686-0991


SOURCE Roche Diagnostics