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Medical Device Innovation
September 10, 2014
Washington, DC

High-Skilled Immigration
Policy & the Global
Competition for Talent

September 22-23, 2014
Washington, DC

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Medical Device Innovation Workshop
NAS Headquarters, Lecture Room 
September 10, 2014 / 9am-4:30pm

Medical devices are important tools to support health care and their contribution continues to grow with improvements in sensors, computing power, mobility, analytics, and connectivity. The U.S. medical device industry is also one of the most competitive in the world; overall, the medical device market in the United States is projected to generate $133 billion annually by 2016, and U.S. exports of medical devices are in excess of $44 billion a year. However, this industry is said to be confronting a “perfect storm” as a result of converging pressures arising out of regulation, a growing cost-containment imperative, and technological change.

The National Academies' Innovation Policy Forum will convene a workshop in Washington, DC to bring together leaders from the medical devices industry, senior officials from the Food and Drug Administration, and other leading experts to describe challenges facing the industry in areas such as interoperability, cybersecurity, data stewardship, and system reliability and to discuss policies needed to accelerate medical device innovation and time to market for safe and effective medical devices.

The workshop will take place in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences headquarters located at 2100 C Street NW in Washington, DC. We hope that you can join us for this important event. For additional information, please contact Karolina Konarzewska.

Conference on High-Skilled Immigration Policy & the Global Competition for Talent
NAS Keck Center, Room 100
September 22-23, 2014

The National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy will host a conference on High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global Competition for Talent in Washington, DC on September 22-23, 2014. Panelists will examine the effects of changes in several industrialized countries’ treatment of temporary and permanent immigrants with advanced training and skills, especially in the sciences, engineering, and software development fields, in an effort to understand the impact of these changes on admissions and retention, domestic labor markets, and national innovation capacities.

The conference will also consider how immigration policies in those countries relate to the supply of native-born citizens with similar qualifications and to efforts to increase their numbers. Finally, the conference will examine the challenges in designing immigration policies and rules that translate the concept of “attracting the best and the brightest” into durable successful programs.

The objective of the project is to inform U.S. policy discussions and policy implementation in the event that changes in immigration law are enacted. View agenda and register.



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The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs
How can jobs, workers, and education and training programs in the U.S. be better aligned to support the middle-skill workforce?

Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics
What steps might the U.S. consider to develop a competitive flexible electronics industry?

Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation
Research Program - Phase II

In this second phase of the review of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), an ad hoc committee will measure the program's progress against its legislative goals.

An International Comparative Study of High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global  Competition for Talent
What are the effects of policy changes on entry and retention of foreign workers, domestic markets and educational patterns?

Innovation Policy Forum
What is the impact of U.S. and foreign innovation programs?