Supplier Stories for the Week of December 2

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of December 2.

  • This is a compilation of the latest news from suppliers in the medical device industry.

    If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in this weekly roundup, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

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  • Engineering and contract manufacturing company OKAY Industries Inc. reports that it has received a 2018 Supplier Excellence Award from Medtronic. OKAY is one of only 13 companies from Medtronic’s supply base of approximately 48,000 to receive the award, it was reported.

    “I am extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of the entire OKAY team,” said Jason Howey, president of OKAY Industries, in news release. “It’s their commitment to customer-driven innovation and incredible skills in engineering, design for manufacturing, production and project management that make achievements like this possible. Our entire organization is excited to be recognized with this honor, and we look forward to continued collaboration with Medtronic.”

    OKAY Industries supplies precision components to Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG), Restorative Therapies Group (RTG), and Cardiac and Vascular Group (CVG), and has developed specialized processes to meet the company’s demanding requirements, OKAY reported. “This award recognizes OKAY Industries’s commitment to furthering the Medtronic Mission through critical service areas that include quality, delivery, cost and innovation – all critical procurement dimensions that enable Medtronic to meet the needs of its customers and patients around the world,” added Marie K. O’Malley, senior director supplier outreach, Medtronic, in the release. Medtronic and OKAY have collaborated on part design for manufacturability, component manufacturing and automation, precision assembly and supply chain management, working to ensure component quality, speed to market, and cost efficiencies. 

    OKAY Industries will exhibit in Booth #1948 at MD&M West in Anaheim February 5-7, 2019.

    [Image courtesy of OKAY INDUSTRIES INC.] 

  • Freudenberg Medical will begin constructing a new medical manufacturing facility in Beverly, MA, and will establish its global headquarters in the new location. The company has manufactured silicone and thermoplastic medical components and devices in nearby Gloucester since 1989 and will relocate to the Beverly facility.  

    “The Boston area is one of the leading medical device and biotech clusters in the world with a high concentration of universities and research centers,” explained Max Kley, president and CEO of Freudenberg Medical, in a news release. “Our decision to expand here is a testament to the strong growth of Freudenberg Medical in this region and locating our Global Headquarters in Beverly demonstrates the global role and international orientation of the Boston med device cluster.”

    The new facility will initially be a 36,000-sq-ft operation, and the company has the opportunity to expand by an additional 20,000 sq. ft. It will be FDA registered and ISO 13485 certified with ISO Class 8 cleanrooms for medical molding and assembly.

    The Beverly facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2019 and to employ an estimated 70 people.

    Freudenberg Medical will exhibit in Booth #2413 at MD&M West in Anaheim February 5-7, 2019.

    [Image courtesy of FREUDENBERG MEDICAL]

  • A team of chemists, mechanical and electrical engineers, hardware and software developers, and manufacturing experts from Purigen and Acorn have designed and developed a handsfree DNA/RNA extraction platform that can process biological samples to deliver qPCR and NGS prep-ready nucleic acid using disposable plastic chips.

    “Developed by a talented team, our jointly developed solution fundamentally transforms sample preparation for many underserved clinical genomics applications," stated  Dr. Barney Saunders, CEO for Purigen, in a news release on the partnership with Acorn. "Getting a complex biotech instrument to market quickly required Acorn’s support for Design for Manufacturability (DFM) from the beginning all the way into the production line. In about nine months, our instrument solution was through UL approval and on the manufacturing line.”

    Added Ken Haven, founder, president, and CEO for Acorn: “Acorn's design and engineering relationship with Purigen provides an excellent model for rapid and responsive product development—from initial concepts to a complete solution, with cutting-edge design for optimal manufacturability. It is imperative to have all disciplines involved from the beginning for innovative, reliable, and profitable product development. Purigen both understands and embraces Acorn’s approach to DFM including product design, analytics, engineering, vendor management, and the manufacturing oversight that Acorn brings to the team.”

    Acorn will exhibit in Booth #532 at MD&M West in Anaheim February 5-7, 2019.

    [Logo courtesy of ACORN]

  • BriskHeat has added mica band and nozzle heaters to its line of surface heating products, following the introduction of its new line of cartridge heaters.

    “Our customers asked, and we delivered, first with cartridge heaters, and now with band and nozzle heaters,” stated Patrick Doyle, vice president of business development, in a news release. “Here at BriskHeat, we continue to evolve and align ourselves with increasing industry demands to serve our customers in the best way possible.”

    The BriskHeat band and nozzle heaters can provide reliable high-temperature heating to cylindrical surfaces. “We have over 140 band and nozzle heaters in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours,” added Doyle. “Custom requests can usually be handled within two weeks and some expedited orders within three days.”

    [Image courtesy of BRISKHEAT]

  • Solaire Medical has acquired InnerSpace from Stanley Black & Decker Inc., generating a redesigned line of medical storage products branded as InnerSpace by Solaire Medical.

    “Stanley InnerSpace is a long-established business with a strong brand presence,” explained Solaire Medical President Ben Barber in a news release. “Combining the brand recognition of InnerSpace with the innovative, best-in-class design of Solaire Medical products brought us to a redesigned new product line that we call InnerSpace by Solaire Medical.”

    The InnerSpace by Solaire Medical portfolio includes innovations introduced through InnerSpace as well as new innovations in materials and manufacturing processes introduced by Solaire Medical, leading to a high-quality, highly flexible medical storage product family.

    “The acquisition brings the expertise and resources of design, manufacturing, customer service, and sales into one organization,” added Barber. “Our customers will benefit from high-quality products, improved service, reduced lead times, and the support of long-held knowledge from leaders in the medical storage business. We look forward to growing our business and our product offering.”

    [Image courtesy of SOLAIRE MEDICAL]

Daphne Allen

Daphne Allen is editor-in-chief of MD+DI. She previously served as executive editor of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, which serves as the pharmaceutical and medical device channel of Packaging Digest. Daphne has covered medical device packaging, labeling, manufacturing, and regulatory issues as well as pharmaceutical packaging for more than 20 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals's Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. Follow her on Twitter at @daphneallen.

 

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