Originally Published MPMN November 2005
MD&M West: First Time Exhibitors
Stellartech Comes of Age at MD&M West
For more than a century, young women have made their debut into society at cotillions and other events. In some ways, the MD&M West show could be seen as a debutante’s ball—which is certainly the case for contract manufacturer Stellartech (Sunnyvale, CA; www.stellartec.com).
Over its 18 years in business, the firm has seen lots of growth, including a recent expansion of its facility. In light of the medical device industry’s growing interest in outsourcing, Stellartech has recently started to actively market its capabilities. “In the past, we didn’t have to promote ourselves,” admits company president Roger A. Stern. “Networking and referrals were our means of getting business.”
Mainly focused on energy delivery, the company has developed therapeutic laser products ranging from RF ablation to high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) systems. Its products have been used to treat cardiac arrhythmia, cancer, and a rare disorder called Barrett’s esophagus. “We can produce more traditional medical electronics, but therapeutic energy delivery is really our sweet spot,” states Stern.
Major OEMs, such as Boston Scientific, are among its customers. Stellartech has also worked with many startup companies. “We’ve done early stage work with doctors and entrepreneurs to design products that perform a certain function or treat specific disorders,” says Stern.MD&M West 2006 marks Stellartech’s first time as a tradeshow exhibitor. Stern hopes that the show will serve as a means of connecting with medical OEMs, venture capital firms, and others for future design and manufacturing projects.
— Corinne Litchfield
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