Bruce Andrews, deputy secretary at the Commerce Department, is scheduled to visit Beijing and Chongqing, China, for a six-day business development mission that is set to kick off Oct. 16 in an effort to help U.S. healthcare companies promote their products and services in the country.
The Commerce Department said Wednesday Andrews will lead a delegation of representatives from 12 pharmaceutical, medical device, health information technology system, hospital management and health insurance providers during the mission in China.
Mary Wakefield, acting deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, will take part in the trade mission in Beijing.
“This trade mission provides an excellent opportunity for participating firms to make inroads in the China market, and further bolster the U.S.-China commercial relationship,” Andrews said.
Participating companies in the mission include Akers Biosciences, Amgen, Clinical Innovations, Edwards Lifesciences, Euclid Systems, Grifols USA, Inova, InterSystems, Medidata Solutions, Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association, St. Jude Medical and Varian Medical Systems.
The department said China is expected to spend over $1 trillion on healthcare by 2020 as the country works to implement health reform programs.
The trade mission includes market briefings, networking events, site visits, business-to-business and business-to-government meetings.