SmartPill Makes Commitment to AGA and GI Innovation, Research and Education

Bethesda, MD (Aug. 21, 2012) — The American Gastroenterological Association is pleased to announce that The SmartPill Corporation has become a Friend of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology and has made a multi-year investment in gastroenterology innovation, research and education for physicians who provide digestive health care. 

The SmartPill Corporation is a manufacturer of an ingestible, capsule-based medical device that aids in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disorders and diseases. In commercializing their product, the company worked with AGA’s Center for GI Innovation and Technology, which provides guidance to medical device, diagnostic and pharmaceutical innovators through the technology development through coverage and adoption process. 
“AGA’s relationship with The SmartPill Corporation spans several years, during which we worked with them to better understand how physicians would use the Wireless Motility Capsule in line with the AGA’s goal of advancing the care of patients with digestive disorders,” said Loren Laine, MD, AGAF, president, AGA Institute. “We greatly appreciate the generous support of The SmartPill Corporation and their recognition of the AGA’s role in fostering innovation and technology in gastroenterology through evidence-based principles.”
In addition to becoming a Friend of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology, SmartPill will continue to support the AGA’s Technology Summit scheduled for March 2013, in Palo Alto, CA, and will support the AGA/ASGE Clinical Congress scheduled for January 2013, in San Diego, CA. 
“SmartPill’s relationship with the AGA goes back many years, and as a result, the AGA has provided much needed clinical direction and reimbursement expertise,” said David L. Barthel, president and CEO of The SmartPill Corporation. “We are excited to be part of the Friends of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology as we continue to explore and make advancements in innovation, research, education and the enhancement of patient care.”  
To ensure that innovation and discovery continues, The SmartPill Corporation has pledged support to the AGA Research Foundation, which raises funds to support young researchers in gastroenterology and hepatology.  

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