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Advanced Medical Technology Association - a trade association that represents 80 percent of medical technology firms in the United States and acts as the common voice for companies producing medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems.  The "Issues" section is particularly helpful in understanding some of the challenges within the industry.

American Society for Healthcare Engineering - With more than 11,000 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to optimizing the health care physical environment.

Analytical, Life Sciences & Diagnostics Association - the industry trade association for companies that develop and supply life science, analytical, and diagnostic products, services and technologies. These products, services and technologies include instrumentation, reagents, test kits, and software and are used to support and conduct research, discovery, testing and diagnostics in a wide range of applications including pharma, biotech, ag-bio, food safety, personalized medicine and diagnostics, and in life science, academic and government research.  The Members Directory has short profiles and links to many leading organizations in this field.

ASME International - Bioengineering Division - a division focused on the application of mechanical engineering knowledge, skills and principles from conception to the design, development, analysis and operation of biomechanical systems.

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation - a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission�supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective medical technology.

Biomedical Engineering Society - established to serve as the lead society and professional home for biomedical engineering and bioengineering students, academics, and professionals. A particularly helpful exploratory overview by the BMES of what bioengineers can do can be found here.

Biotechnology Industry Organization - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world's largest biotechnology trade association.  Organized into four different categories to best represent membership and goals: Emerging Companies (small to medium sized); Food & Agriculture; Health; and Industrial & Environmental.

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) - the world's largest international society of biomedical engineers, with a Student Member section.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) - With 22,000 members across 90 countries, this worldwide organization focuses on promoting best practices, science and technology within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

ISPE, which now has 22,000 Members in 90 countries worldwide, continues to work to keep industry professionals informed of the latest technological and regulatory trends that are occurring in the marketplace. - See more at:
SPE is an individual membership Society for professionals involved in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and related products. - See more at:

Medical Device Manufacturers Association - The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a national trade association based in Washington, DC providing educational and advocacy assistance to innovative and entrepreneurial medical technology companies.

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering: an institute within the National Institutes of Health

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society - RAPS is the largest global organization of and for those involved with the regulation of healthcare and related products, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biologics and nutritional products.

Society for Biomaterials - a professional society which promotes advances in biomedical materials research and development by encouragement of cooperative educational programs, clinical applications, and professional standards in the biomaterials field. Biomaterials scientists and engineers study cells, their components, complex tissues and organs and their interactions with natural and synthetic materials and implanted prosthetic devices, as well as develop and characterize the materials used to measure, restore, and improve physiologic function, and enhance survival and quality of life.

Association for Computing Machinery - including a sub-group, SIGBio, specific to Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics; and SIGEVO, specific to Genetic and Evolutionary Computation.

Useful Links

Sloan Career Cornerstone overview for careers in bioengineering and related fields (a helpful starting point)

American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering - including a helpful glossary of fields and terms

IEEE Spectrum compliation of Biomedical Engineering news, including subcategories in Bionics, Devices, Diagnostics, Ethics and Imaging

Professional Engineering Licensure information (please note there is not a specific exam for Biomedical Engineering as of 2013). - the leading online community for industry news and careers for life science professionals. - the premier online community for the Medical Device and Diagnostics industries.

Biotechnology Start-ups - a UPenn Career Services list

Access Excellence - Career information and insights from people in health and bioscience-related fields

Biomedical Engineering Student Internship Program (BESIP) at the NIH (for undergraduates in the summer between junior and senior year; application typically opens in late fall/early December)

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research at the NIH (open to undergraduate, graduate, or professional students; U.S. Citizens or permanent residents only; applications available typically in November of each year)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute - a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation's largest philanthropies. HHMI plays a prominent role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States.  Visit their job search page to learn more about opportunities and careers at HHMI.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering's Young Professionals Resources

UPenn Bioengineering Laboratories and associated organizations

Venture Capital firms that fund medical device start-ups - a UPenn Career Services list

Associations/Organizations involved in Diabetes-related work

Business Journal's Jobs database (industry searches for Engineering, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, etc.)

Animation & Visualization in Science and Medicine Resources (a UPenn Career Services list) - a unique career website devoted to jobs at the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information technology.

Interested in Biomimicry?  Defined as the practice of developing sustainable human technologies inspired by nature. Sometimes called Biomimetics or Bionics, it's basically biologically inspired engineering.  Examples include Velcro, Passive Cooling, Diatomaceous Nanotech, and Insect-Inspired Autonomous Robots, to name a few.  It may be helpful to learn more from an article from Airbus on biomimicry in Aerospace; a perspective from NYSERDA on applications to invention; San Diego Zoo's Global Bioinspiration program for technology transfer; and the not-for-profit Biomimicry Institute.

LinkedIn Industry Directory with thousands of organization pages, including subcategories in Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Device and many others (most organization pages with careers and/or jobs sections) - consider "Follow"ing organizations of interest (please note, you must have a LinkedIn account to view).

Geographically-oriented Resources

U.S. State Biotechnology Associations

Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers' Council

Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council

Minnesota Medical Device trade association

Philadelphia-area Biotechnology Manufacturers/Organizations

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