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 exhibited at the 40th Anniversary Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium:


  • 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

Product Theaters

CREF 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 if you would like to be added to the 2022 Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus mailing list. Our prospectus contains complete details about the opportunities described above.

CREF 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

The CREF 2022 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 2022 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.