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This Week In Brief: September 14, 2010

Biomedical Structures LLC (Warwick, RI), a provider of biomedical textiles, has expanded its textile engineering capabilities with a new cleanroom dedicated to high-density weaving and advanced braiding infrastructure for polymer and wire materials. Additionally, the company has expanded its braiding capabilities by acquiring multiple 16-carrier braiding machines, as well as a 48-carrier machine for improved production capacity of polymer and wire braiding. The company specializes in knitting, braiding, weaving, nonwovens, and composites, and utilizes implantable-grade absorbable and permanent fibers in orthopedic, general surgery, tissue engineering, cardiovascular, bariatric, cosmetic surgery, and veterinary applications, including implantable devices, drug-delivery technologies, and surgical instrumentation.

IntriPlex Technologies, a designer and manufacturer of ultraprecise components for the data storage and healthcare industries, has announced the launch of IntriMed Technologies (Oxnard, CA). Focused exclusively on delivering outsourcing solutions to the medical device manufacturing industry, IntriMed designs, manufactures, and assembles ultraprecise mechanical components critical to medical device functionality. Services include product design and development, rapid prototyping, advanced tooling, precision manufacturing, secondary processing and cleaning, custom metrology, and final assembly.

Flexible packaging and rigid container manufacturer Printpack Inc. (Atlanta) has purchased the Marshall, NC, manufacturing location of Amcor's medical packaging group. By doing so, the company will now serve the medical packaging market through the manufacture of films that are converted into header bags and forming films for sterilizable medical devices.

Medical optical device designer and manufacturer Lighthouse Imaging Corp. (Portland, ME) has sold a controlling interest in the company to Anania & Associates Investment Co. The ISO 13485:2003- and ISO 9001:2008-certified service provider specializes in miniature medical optics design and assembly, notably serving the endoscope and other markets.

Advanced Diamond Technologies (Romeoville, IL), a specialist in diamond technologies for medical applications, among others, has been named one of the best startups in America by technology columnist and blogger Robert X. Cringely. The company will be featured as part of Cringely's (Not in Silicon Valley) Startup Tour, a 13-part cable television series celebrating entrepreneurship in America slated to air in early 2011.

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