“Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center will be the perfect venue to host medical and pharmaceutical meetings with outstanding medical industry speakers and facilities close by,” said “With the opening of Cleveland MMCC, we look forward to hosting IMMPA professional certification, annual conferences, and regional conferences in line with other national medical events. Cleveland MMCC is a valuable resource for our organization.”
— Lisa Keilty, former team leader at Pfizer and president of the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association (IMMPA)
“We were setting up a meeting on AIDS that required a lab with patients, needles, and other materials that we were setting up in a hotel room. Cleveland MMCC eliminates the need to create a hospital setting in a hotel room, meeting room, or some other location. Cleveland MMCC will already have this type of technology in place and will make medical conferences and educational programs much easier to set up and more efficient and educational. And, working in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois, I have been able to see up close how effectively the permanent showrooms work for bringing buyers and sellers together. Cleveland MMCC will bring experts in the medical profession together and will enhance education programming.”
— Vidgis Tonne, Vice President of Meeting and Event Services with Publicis Medical Education Group
“This is a highly concentrated conference, focusing on plastics in the emerging medical device market. Cleveland has become the obvious choice for this event due to the number of Ohio-based plastics manufacturers, the concentration of hospitals and medical companies, and the infrastructure and outpouring of support from the entire medical community, including Cleveland MMCC. Tony Prusak and other regional organizations reached out to us early in the process, offering us any support we needed to be successful and to consider making this an annual event in Cleveland. We’re not used to this overwhelming third-party support, we usually have to do it all on our own.”
— Robert Grace, Plastics News Editor and Associate Publisher and co-organizer of the Plastics in Medical Devices conference
"The biggest cost associated with building a hospital is the cost of the equipment that goes into it. The Miller Family Pavilion cost is about five hundred fifty million dollars. A third of that was the equipment that went inside the hospital. In order to bring that equipment to the hospital it was necessary to travel really all over the world. I was in Germany. I was in the Middle East. I was in Alabama. I was in Michigan. Just looking at various pieces of equipment and there is no place that brought together all the equipment that would go into hospitals in one place. Hill-Burton funds built a huge majority of the hospitals around the United States in the 1950’s and those hospitals are now all 50 or more years old so they are being rebuilt. As population shifts new hospitals are being built in new locations in the United States. But not only are hospitals being built and refurbished in the United States that same thing is going on all over the world. There is a building boom in hospitals all around the world. As the economy of the world goes up in various under developed countries, one of the first things they want to do is have health care, and so they are building hospitals. Billions of dollars worth of hospitals are going up all over the world. In no place where you can go and see all the gear that goes into it. What is the gear that goes into a hospital? It goes everything from the imaging equipment, which is huge multiple million-dollar pieces of equipment to the bed linens. So you see sterilizers, operating room tables, televisions, beds, and all those sort of things that go into a hospital. And yet you also need to have special flooring, special window treatment, special beds, and huge amount of material that goes into building a hospital. So I thought you could bring together, in one location, all of this equipment."
— Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
"Having a medical mart in Cleveland is an advantage for our local entrepreneurs and companies. It gives them a window on the latest technological advances in the field of medicine in their own backyard. As importantly, it allows our companies to showcase to the world their latest innovations in a way that the customers are coming to Cleveland rather than our companies having to go to the world. There is a number of medical society meetings and medical investment conferences that are being held in Cleveland already. For example, BioEnterprise has been involved in 4 separate investment conferences in the last 12 months and they have all been held here in Cleveland. Any time the marketplace is coming to the company or customers are coming to a company, it is certainly an advantage for companies large and small."