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Juror Selection and Nominations

Members of the MDEA jury are selected each year by a panel of medical industry editors from UBM Canon’s Medical Content Team. These editors select each year’s jurors as necessary to provide balanced expertise for the competition’s 11 medtech categories. Recommendations for potential jurors come from a wide variety of sources, including academic and professional organizations, industry associations, and previous jurors.

Because the editors recognize that the quality of the MDEA program depends on the quality of the jurors selected, they look for individuals who have solid experience in and knowledge of the medical device industry. The jury selection panel equally values the participation of individuals who have demonstrated their concern for the industry and who will add depth and diversity of expertise to the judging process.

When considering juror nominees, UBM Canon’s editors pay particular attention to the need for a balanced, multidisciplinary, and impartial jury. For this reason, jurors cannot be affiliated with a company that is submitting a product for consideration. Entries are not accepted from sponsoring companies or from jurors, their companies, or those companies’ subsidiaries, in the year they act as sponsors or jurors. Any product thus disqualified may be entered in a subsequent year. Such independence and impartiality is a leading reason for the industry wide acceptance and success that the MDEA program has enjoyed. MDEA jurors—past and present—have set a high standard for judging excellence and fair competition.

  • Selection of jurors usually begins in the fall and is completed by the end of each calendar year.
  • Jurors are typically appointed for a term of two years, renewable after a one-year absence.
  • Judging of the MDEA competition typically takes place at a Southern California venue over a weekend in February (Saturday through Sunday).
  • UBM Canon pays for juror travel, accommodations, and meals related to the MDEA program.

Juror Nominations

The following information is provided for those who wish to nominate a potential MDEA juror, or would like to be considered as potential juror themselves.

To be considered in the next round of jury selection, nominees should complete and return the Juror Nomination Form together with current curriculum vitae or resume. The materials will be considered current and reviewable for two years, after which they must be updated in order for the nominee to continue being considered for a juror appointment.

Juror Nomination Materials, or any questions about the judging process, should be sent to James Costigan, MDEA Marketing Manager, UBM Canon, via e-mail (

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