Supplier Stories for the Week of April 26
<p><a href="http://www.celestica.com">Celestica Inc. </a>has announced a collaboration with Medtronic to produce subassemblies for Medtronic Puritan Bennett 980 (PB980) ventilators, which are designed for critically ill patients in high acuity settings, including those with severe respiratory illness such as COVID-19. </p><p>“We are committed to supporting Medtronic with critical manufacturing and supply chain support for high grade ventilators that are in urgent demand for COVID-19 patient care,” shared Kevin Walsh, Vice President, HealthTech, Celestica, in a news release. “This agreement takes our decade-long collaboration to the next level and is a reflection of the trust that Medtronic has placed in Celestica to help them meet unprecedented global demand in these challenging times.”</p><p>Celestica offers support to medical device manufacturers for every stage of product development, including design, manufacturing, hardware platform, and supply chain solutions. Celestica reported that its collaboration with Medtronic is just one example of how the company is enabling its customers to increase production of critical medical devices and equipment to help improve the outcome for COVID-19 patients. Celestica provided the following examples:</p><ul><li>Increasing production of a portable ultrasound device used by doctors to quickly perform lung scans of patients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.</li><li>Scaling to meet increasing demand for automated blood analyzer devices used in the testing process for COVID-19.</li><li>Adding additional capacity to support the immediate production for a range of products including respiratory monitors and diagnostic systems that will be delivered to hospitals and temporary medical facilities.</li></ul><p> </p><p>[Image courtesy of CELESTICA INC.]</p>
Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of April 26, with many suppliers responding to needs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.