CREF Exhibits and Industry Opportunities

Since 1980, active industry participation has proven vital to the overall CREF experience. Attendees view CREF exhibits to learn about state-of-the-art devices, services, and pharmaceutical advances that enable them to provide optimal patient care. Industry leaders enjoy opportunities for meaningful face-to-face interaction, sharing new products and meeting new clients, ensuring a high return on investment.

2021 CREF Exhibit Show

Each year, the CREF exhibit show attracts attendees from across the globe at the Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. For 39 years, CREF has been meeting the specific educational needs of perfusionists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac physician assistants, cardiac nurses, and other healthcare professionals interested in the science and techniques of perfusion and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). This CME and CEU symposium offers a perfect opportunity for industry to exhibit cardiovascular products featuring the latest technologies.

The following companies will be exhibiting at the 40th Anniversary Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium in September:


  • LivaNova
  • Medtronic
  • Terumo Cardiovascular


  • Biomed Simulation, Inc.
  • Fresenius


  • Abbott
  • Abiomed
  • CAPS
  • CardioQuip
  • Century HLM
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Eight Medical
  • Grifols
  • Haemonetics
  • Hemosonics
  • Quest Medical
  • SpecialtyCare
  • Spectrum Medical
  • Werfen


  • Boehringer
  • Essential Pharmaceuticals
  • Heartbeat Perfusion Solutions
  • Perfusion Life
  • Teleflex

CREF Exhibits & COVID-19

We all want to have a safe, successful return to in-person meetings. In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations among unvaccinated individuals, and in an effort to promote the highest possible level of safety, CREF requires the following of all participants (attendees, guests, vendors, and support staff) of the 40th Anniversary Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium:

  • Provide verification of COVID vaccination at check-in
  • Wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times in public areas, except when eating or drinking
  • Follow social-distancing guidelines, including maintaining an appropriate distance and avoiding hand-shakes, hugs, high-fives, etc.
  • If symptoms emerge, refrain from interacting with others, and notify the hotel and CREF staff immediately

How to Verify COVID-19 Vaccination Status

As part of the event check-in process, CREF will confirm that every participant has been fully vaccinated. Please plan to bring a photo ID and at least one of the following forms of verification:

  • State/city digital vaccination pass (e.g., the New York Excelsior pass)
  • A photo of your CDC vaccination card
  • Your original CDC vaccination card
  • International attendees may bring a photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a COVID-19 vaccine administered outside the U.S., including AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD, Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

Questions about CREF Exhibitor COVID-19 Policies?

CREF reserves the right to modify COVID-related policies and requirements as needed to ensure the highest possible level of safety. If you have any questions about CREF's COVID-19 requirements for exhibitors, please call or email us.

Product Theaters

CREF 2021 also offers vendors numerous opportunities in addition to exhibiting: industry-sponsored Product Theaters (PTs) give vendors a unique opportunity to reach CREF attendees in new and creative ways by presenting specific information about their products or services. Companies interested in hosting Product Theaters are not required to exhibit at the CREF meeting in order to sponsor a Product Theater. However, companies that participate in the CREF exhibit show enjoy first preference on PT time slots. Contact CREF to receive the 2021 Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus, which contains complete details about the opportunities described above.

CREF 2021 provides an environment for biomedical professionals, research and development specialists, and healthcare providers to share and focus their vision for the future of cardiac care. We encourage industry to send management and other high-level representatives; they are included in all educational and recreational activities.

The exhibit fee includes conference registration and invitations to social events for all exhibit reps.

Hands-On Educational Workshops

CREF exhibitors are invited to submit proposals for hands-on workshops. Since 2006, hands-on workshops have been a CREF highlight, and it's no wonder. Attendees love them because they provide valuable experiential learning, a break from PowerPoint lectures, and additional CEUs — all at no additional cost to them. The CREF Program Committee reviews all proposals submitted and selects workshops based on their educational value and available meeting space.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus

CREF 2021 Exhibitor Prospectus & ApplicationThe CREF 2021 Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus includes details about booth dimensions and costs, exhibit installation dates and times, dedicated CREF exhibit show schedule, CREF attendee profile, vendor perks, and more. It also lists many additional support opportunities, including Product Theaters and sponsorship options.

If you would like to receive the CREF 2021 Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus, email our CREF Exhibits Coordinator today!

Contact Information

For information about CREF exhibits or about participating as a workshop host or Product Theater sponsor, contact the CREF office.