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October 10, 2011

The Story of EndoChoice: From Zero to #6 on the Inc. 500 in Three Years

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

Inc. magazine recently ranked EndoChoice #6 in Health companies and #103 overall in its 30th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.

Since its inception in 2008, EndoChoice has emerged as a leading platform company developing and marketing proprietary devices, diagnostics and procedure support for medical professionals in gastrointestinal endoscopy (GI). The company’s singular concentration on solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases; proprietary portfolio of technologies and solutions; and dedication to meaningful innovation have made it a global leader in the field. Products are distributed through a direct sales force in the U.S. and through distributors in more than 25 countries internationally. For more information, visit

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

Gilreath will provide an overview of the company’s growth and explain how the sole focus on GI has benefitted the medical device company. This will be followed by a “fireside chat” between Gilreath and SEMDA President David Hartnett.

“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 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

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