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AdvaMed mourns the passing of Wendy Siminski

March 7, 2022 – AdvaMed is saddened to announce that a beloved member of the AdvaMed family, Wendy Siminski, Senior Vice President of Conferences and Events, has passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer. President and CEO Scott Whitaker paid the following tribute:

“Wendy embodied the best of AdvaMed, and her optimistic and ambitious spirit inspired everyone around her to rise to her unwavering standard of excellence. You would never catch Wendy without a big smile and a list of ideas for leaving a project better than she found it. The MedTech conference is a success today thanks to Wendy’s hard work and determination.

“Wendy was confident, collaborative and courageous until the very end. She was a shining light in our team, and that light will continue to guide and warm us in the months and years to come. At AdvaMed, the patients we serve motivate us; Wendy is no exception and, in fact, she is the perfect example. Her battle with cancer pushes us all to fight harder for innovation in medical technology, so maybe future generations – even Wendy’s own daughters – can defeat this terrible disease once and for all.

“Wendy will be greatly missed, and we send comfort, peace and strength to her family during this difficult time.”

As Senior Vice President, Wendy was the main organizer of MedTech Conference, AdvaMed’s annual flagship conference for the medical technology industry, and all other AdvaMed events and conferences. His efforts increased the footprint of the conference’s programming – at the 2020 conference alone, attendees were able to access more than 150 sessions featuring more than 500 speakers – as well as the conference’s standards for and diversity – at the 2020 conference, women and minorities were represented on 95% of session panels. Prior to her time at AdvaMed, Wendy led teams at BIO, the AUVSI Foundation, O’Keefe Communications, National Trade Productions and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.

Wendy was also a strong patient advocate for the medtech industry; you can read his profile in AdvaMed’s Story of MedTech series here.

She is survived by her two daughters, Kira and Ashley.

In lieu of flowers, Wendy’s family is requesting that donations be made in Wendy’s honor to METAvivor. One hundred percent of all donations made to METAvivor go directly to funding grants for metastatic breast cancer research.

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