November 22, 2011 16:41 ET

SEMDA's Nov. 29 Meeting to Feature Two Medical Device Success Stories

CEOs of EndoChoice, Inc. and Advanced Catheter Therapies to Speak

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Nov 22, 2011) - Mark Gilreath, CEO and Founder of EndoChoice, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the November 29, 2011 meeting of the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA). Gilreath will provide an overview of the company's growth and explain how the GI-focused medical device company has been able to thrive in a down economy. This will be followed by a "fireside chat" between Gilreath and SEMDA President David Hartnett.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM and will be held at the Ravinia Club ( to register).

Opening the SEMDA program will be Paul J. Fitzpatrick, CEO of Advanced Catheter Therapies (ACT), who will recount how ACT recently raised a total of $2.98 million in Series A equity financing. On November 1, 2011, the company announced it would change its name from Atlanta Catheter Therapies to Advanced Catheter Therapies.

EndoChoice was recently ranked #6 in Health companies and #103 overall by Inc. magazine in its 30th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. EndoChoice has grown by over 2645% in revenue during a three-year period and projects that it will continue its meteoric rise over the next 12 months. This growth will include expanding its team with the addition of professionals with experience in the medical devices sector.

The Atlanta company has received financing from three Southeast investment firms: River Cities Capital Funds, Council Ventures and Envest Ventures.

"EndoChoice is one of the true success stories for the Southeast, and Mark is a compelling and dynamic speaker," said David Hartnett, SEMDA's 2011-2012 president and Vice President, Bioscience-Health IT Industry Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. "I look forward to the insight he can offer our members on building a company, finding financing and developing a strong team culture."

The Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a non-profit trade association that supports and promotes medical device companies in the Southeast. Created in 2004, the association provides a unique resource and networking opportunity for medical device companies, inventors, physicians, and investors interested in accelerating the growth of the medical device industry in the Southeast. Through quarterly and members-only meetings, as well as its highly regarded annual Conference, SEMDA meets the needs of members of the medical device community. Learn more at

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Lynn Hood
    Crackerjack Marketing
    Email Contact