SHANGHAI, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reinforcing its ongoing commitment to leadership in the global medical technology market, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today officially opened the China branch of the Boston Scientific Institute for Advancing Science (IAS) as well as its new Innovation Center in the country. Through these state-of-the-art facilities Boston Scientific expects to foster local talent while sustainably developing innovative technologies uniquely suited to the China market.
"'Advancing science for life' is at our core, and the facilities we are dedicating today demonstrate our commitment to innovation in professional education and dedication to saving and improving the health of Chinese patients through innovative technologies," said Michael F. Mahoney, president and chief executive officer, Boston Scientific "China is key to our ongoing global expansion, and we believe that initiatives such as the IAS and Innovation Center will help us to continue adapting to the unique demands of the China market."
IAS: Professional Training Programs to Develop Top Talent in China's Growing Medical Industry
The IAS offers Chinese medical practitioners training in clinical practice and multidisciplinary programs in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Rhythm Management and Electrophysiology, Endoscopy, Peripheral Interventions and Urology and Women's Health. These programs are intended to raise medical professionals' awareness of the latest industry trends as well as their knowledge of innovative technologies.
All existing professional education programs or platforms in the market such as Horizon Academy and the company's E-Club project will be integrated into the IAS. As the heart of Boston Scientific's professional education programs in China, it is anticipated that the IAS in Shanghai will offer training courses for more than 700 professionals every year. IAS is also expected to cooperate with top medical universities and colleges in China to launch clinical courses for students, contributing to the development of China's medical industry.
In addition to serving Chinese practitioners the IAS in Shanghai is intended to support other professional education opportunities across the Asia-Pacific region.
"The IAS will offer various academic programs such as medical conferences, visiting experts' lectures, symposia on complex lesions, diagnostic and therapeutic technology classes, on-site operation training, and international exchange, as well as training programs that will reach numerous provincial-level hospitals throughout the country," said Warren Wang, vice president and managing director-China, Boston Scientific. "Through the newly-opened institute, our global resource network and innovative technologies, we are confident that Boston Scientific can play a significant role in helping produce exceptional, highly-skilled medical professionals in cutting-edge disciplines to serve China."
Innovation Center: Serving the China Market through Tailor-Made Innovation
The Boston Scientific Innovation Center in China is designed to drive understanding of innovative technologies and advanced medical technology products. The Center is fully equipped with the latest multimedia devices, demonstrating the company's cutting-edge research in disease treatment practices. The Innovation Center will also collect customer feedback to aid in the development of products and technologies customized for China, in collaboration with the Boston Scientific global R&D team.
About Boston Scientific in China
Boston Scientific established its China headquarters in Shanghai in 1997 and now has branches and R&D centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Core Boston Scientific businesses in China include cardiac intervention, cardiac rhythm management, endoscopic intervention, peripheral interventions and oncology and urology and women's health. As an R&D leader, the company provides high performance medical products and solutions for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of assorted diseases and conditions. Boston Scientific strives to provide the most innovative global medical technology that is custom-tailored to fit the needs of Chinese patients. For more information, visit us at: www.bostonscientific.cn
About Boston Scientific
Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit www.bostonscientific.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook.
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