Intertek and LifeScience Alley Educate the Medical Device Market

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Collaboration with Intertek yields learning and networking opportunities for LifeScience Alley’s membership base.

Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, and LifeScience Alley, the largest state-based life sciences trade association in the United States, together support medical device manufacturers through world-class education and training.

In June 2013, Intertek and LifeScience Alley jointly delivered a technical seminar to deconstruct compliance guidelines for electrical safety, home healthcare, mobile health, and RoHS 2 regulations. Attendees gained valuable insight into upcoming compliance deadlines and learned best practices for how to approach these head-on. This was the second seminar conducted by Intertek and LifeScience Alley, and collaboration is ongoing.

“As a leader in educating, connecting, and advocating for the regional life sciences industry, we are pleased to collaborate with Intertek,” says Mike Skoglund, Education and Research Manager, LifeScience Alley. “Today’s medical device companies demand mastery of compliance issues facing their products, and educational programs are vital to their success. We are confident in Intertek’s ability to successfully communicate their expertise, and look forward to offering additional programs from Intertek.”

The medical device market enforces compliance with some of the most complex product safety standards in the manufacturing industry. Encouraging manufacturers to consider compliance standards before reaching the design phase, Intertek has helped companies redefine their development process and get to market on schedule. Leveraging more than 50 years of experience in the medical device testing industry, Intertek’s leading technical experts are frequent guest speakers at trade shows, conferences and regional events.

“As part of our long-standing mission to support and deliver professional education, Intertek hosts more than 50 technical events each year,” says Pam Streed, Vice President of Intertek’s Electrical Group. “The medical market has been a chief focus for us, as frequent regulatory updates demand that our clients re-evaluate their knowledge of compliance standards.”

Intertek’s relationship with LifeScience Alley brings new learning opportunities to the Midwest, a region where Intertek has seen steady growth and is serviced by its five Centers of Medical Excellence in the United States, located in Oakdale, MN; Boxborough, MA; Lake Forest, CA; Menlo Park, CA; and Duluth, GA.


About Intertek

Intertek is the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value to customers’ products, processes and assets. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 35,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies’ success in a global marketplace. Intertek helps its customers to meet end users’ expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit

About LifeScience Alley

LifeScience Alley is an international leader in sharing best practices, and is the largest state-based life sciences trade association in the United States. With a 28-year track record of providing valuable services and results-oriented outcomes to its members, LifeScience Alley improves the life science operating environment and enables business success through educating workforces, influencing state and federal public policy, supporting advancement in research and technological innovation and fostering industry connections. The Association’s membership and supporting community employs approximately 250,000 Minnesotans and its reach extends throughout the Midwest and Canada. Together with its subsidiary, The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, LifeScience Alley works to strengthen the regional economy by assisting in the growth of established and emerging industries, and attracting new companies, talent and capital.

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