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Supplier Stories for the Week of June 3

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of June 3.

  • 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.”


  • Qosina is adding tinted, gamma-sterilizable, large-bore tuohy borst adapters to its existing line of tuohy borsts. Now available are 13 distinct, off-the-shelf options that can accommodate instrument sizes up to 18 FR. Qosina will be showcasing the adapters along with thousands of stock components at Booth #1529 at MD&M East at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, June 12-14.

    Made of a clear or tinted polycarbonate body and a leak-proof silicone gasket, the large-bore tuohy borst adapters are equipped with female luer lock and tubing connection sideports for flushing, barbed and threaded flare ends, and red and blue caps. These components are designed to prevent the backflow of fluid and are ideal for applications that require larger instruments and devices, Qosina reported in a news release. It also offers a unique build-in style that can be customized into a specific device design.

    Qosina’s catalog features more than 5000 products; it offers free samples of most items, low minimum-order requirements, just-in-time delivery, modification of existing molds, and new product design and development. Qosina is ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 registered.

    [Image courtesy of QOSINA]

  • Wearable health devices including Valeritas Holdings’s V-Go Wearable Insulin Delivery device will be featured during the “Digital Health Wearables in Action” event at the MD&M East 2018 show June 12 in New York City. Featuring an injection molded cartridge made with TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) from Polyplastics USA Inc., the insulin delivery device offers patients with Type 2 diabetes an affordable, all-in-one option that is worn like a patch and can eliminate the need for taking multiple daily shots.

    David Lewis, vice president of marketing for Valeritas Holdings Inc., will be among five presenters who will show off their device “fashion show style” on June 12 at noon in the Medtech Education Hub theater, located at the rear of the Expo Hall in booth #773. Other participants include medical device manufacturers including Somatix, CloudDX, Inc., Kinetic, and Shade. “These technologies are enabling new capabilities in mobile healthcare, with a focus on prevention, screening, and disease management," according to show organizer UBM. Each presenter will make a five-minute presentation and bring a sample of their device to pass around to the audience; all five panelists will address questions afterward.

    V-Go is designed to simplify basal-bolus insulin therapy and helps make blood glucose control possible for adults. V-Go is a fully disposable device that works without electronics, batteries, infusion sets, or programming and can be worn under clothing. 

    “TOPAS COC fills an important role in the cartridge system of the V-Go insulin delivery device,” said Geoffrey Jenkins, executive vice president of manufacturing and research and development for Valeritas. “We find it to be highly stable in contact with the drug and it has great optical clarity; moreover, it offers good injection molding characteristics with excellent dimensional stability and minimal shrinkage.”

    Unlike other engineering thermoplastics or glass, TOPAS COC offers a non-ionic, minimally reactive surface. Glass-clear TOPAS resin has very low leachables and extractables compared to glass and other medical grade polymers for drug delivery and thus preserves long-term drug purity and enables better quality at high yields, Polyplastics USA reported in the release.

    [Image courtesy of POLYPLASTICS USA INC.]


  • Molex has improved its best-selling PicoBlade connector to meet needs in the consumer, healthcare and industrial markets for a secure connection in rugged applications. With four header options, the PicoBlade is versatile, compact, and flexible enough to meet the design needs of products ranging from automotive media systems to healthcare applications, the company states in a news release.

    “For more than 20 years, Molex PicoBlade connectors have been a best seller and an industry standard,” said Mariko Okamoto, product manager, Molex, in the release. “These new improvements to the PicoBlade deliver the traditional reliability, but also meet the needs of several market applications including consumer, automotive, industrial, healthcare and data communications.”

    A two-point connection design delivers a secure electrical connection, even under low-current, low-voltage and high-vibration conditions. The crimp receptacle has two latching ramps to minimize uncoupling due to shock or vibration.

    [Image courtesy of MOLEX]

  • Gowanda Components Group has acquired HiSonic, marking the seventh acquisition for GCG within the last six years. According to a company spokesperson, HiSonic and Gowanda supply inductors and other magnetics/passives to the medical device/instrument marketplace.

    “HiSonic’s designs, technologies, and customers complement those within our Magnetics Division,” said GCG CEO Don McElheny in a statement. “The synergy in our capabilities and applications will enable us to offer a broader range of innovative inductor and transformer solutions to design engineers in commercial, medical, microwave, military, space and other markets around the world.”

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed but GCG has stated that HiSonic’s operations will remain in Olathe, KS. In addition to Olathe, GCG has four other production facilities located within the United States. The individual business units that support Gowanda Components Group include Gowanda Electronics, DYCO Electronics, Butler Winding, Communication Coil, TTE Filters, Microwave Circuits, Instec Filters, and HiSonic.

    [Logo courtesy of GOWANDA COMPONENTS GROUP]

  • Accruent, a provider of physical resource management solutions, has agreed to acquire Maintenance Connection, a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) provider. Customers will be able to view physical resource assessments, view data from IoT sensors, trigger maintenance orders, and have a full view of engineering documentation, all from Accruent.

    Maintenance Connection’s software is designed to help maintenance teams manage work orders, organize and execute preventative maintenance, predict asset maintenance, and manage enterprise assets and equipment inventory, it was reported in a news release. Capabilities include multi-site deployment, IoT sensors, and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) data exchange to generate insights into asset management. It can support large organizations through proven integrations with 25 top ERP systems including Aptean, Infor XA, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle, SAP, and Sage. Maintenance Connection is used by 350,000 maintenance managers worldwide through both cloud-based and on-premises platforms.

    “More than fifty-six percent of organizations are still performing reactive, instead of preventative maintenance, and lack the data that they need to drive decisions,” said John Borgerding, CEO, Accruent, in the release. “The mission of our customers is often to reduce costs and increase productivity while anticipating and supporting a facility’s goals. That’s why we are expanding our multi-site CMMS offerings to help deliver those efficiencies.”

    [Logo courtesy of ACCRUENT]

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 manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and regulatory issues as well as pharmaceutical packaging and labeling 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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