Public Release:  Boston Scientific pledges $600K to support GI technology research and education

American Gastroenterological Association

Bethesda, MD (Sept. 10, 2013) -- Today, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute announced that Boston Scientific will provide a $600,000 unrestricted grant over three years to help fund the AGA Research and Technology Initiative. This new initiative will support three complimentary areas that are high priorities for AGA as described below. Boston Scientific, a leading innovator of medical solutions, is dedicated to creating enhanced technologies designed for diagnosing and treating diseases of the digestive system.

"We are thrilled to welcome Boston Scientific as a partner in innovation," said Anil K. Rustgi, MD, AGAF, president, AGA Institute. "Boston Scientific's support of the AGA Research and Technology Initiative is a critical investment in the future of the field of gastroenterology. Their support will stimulate innovation that will advance the science and practice of gastroenterology and improve digestive health for all patients."

Boston Scientific's gift to the AGA Research and Technology Initiative will help ensure that researchers have the support they need to discover ways to better diagnose, treat and cure digestive diseases. Through the AGA Research Foundation, funding will support investigators interested in studying the role of technology in gastroenterology and hepatology.

In addition to funding research in technology, Boston Scientific's gift will support:

  • AGA's Center for GI Innovation and Technology, which supports innovation and the development of new technology in gastroenterology, hepatology, nutrition and obesity by guiding medical device and therapeutics innovators through the technology development and adoption process.

  • AGA's annual technology summit, which serves to identify unmet needs in gastroenterology, highlight promising new technologies, and deliver vital information on what it takes to obtain approval, adoption, coverage and reimbursement in today's health-care environment.

  • AGA Research Foundation's Corporate Roundtable, which engages corporate and clinical GI leaders in discussion regarding scientific advancements, policy, legislation and other issues and opportunities that impact the science and practice of gastroenterology and hepatology.

"The AGA, like Boston Scientific, has an unwavering commitment to critical research and education aimed at advancing science and patient care," said David A. Pierce, senior vice president and president, Endoscopy, Boston Scientific. "We are a proud supporter of conferences like Digestive Disease Week® and the annual AGA Technology Summit, and we are looking forward to expanding our relationship with the AGA to support gastroenterologists in an effort to improve patient outcomes and innovations in the field through digestive disease research."

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About the AGA Research Foundation

The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA's effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $40 million in research grants to more than 770 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at http://www.gastro.org/foundation.

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, Boston Scientific advances science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. For more information, visit http://www.bostonscientific.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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