Supplier Stories for the Week of September 23

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of September 23.

  • 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.”

    [Image courtesy of STUART MILES/FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET]

  • Freudenberg Medical

    Freudenberg Medical, a developer and manufacturer of finished medical devices and subassemblies, components, and minimally invasive solutions, has announced several new solutions: 

    • The new Composer XL Deflectable Catheter Handle Platform, a commercialization-ready interface sized for large-bore structural heart and endovascular devices such as transcatheter tricuspid and mitral valve delivery systems.
    • The HyperSeal XL, a design option for vascular access applications up to 30Fr and 40Fr.
    • The 8.5F and 12Fr Composer Steerable Introducers, finished device solutions for private label development and customization across a wide range of electrophysiology, structural heart, and vascular applications.

    “Building on the strong market response of our Composer Deflectable Catheter Handle Platform and Hemostasis Valve Family, Freudenberg Medical’s new Composer XL and HyperSeal XL were developed to address the unique challenges with large bore vascular access and device delivery in the rapidly evolving transcatheter valve and endovascular space. The significantly larger size of these emerging therapeutic devices are demanding innovative and unconventional solutions to reduce risk and improve outcomes,” said Bernie Kaeferlein, director of portfolio management at Freudenberg Medical, in a news release. “As a partner for innovation, we are committed to proactively addressing unmet clinical needs and offering our medical device customers a growing portfolio of finished device, design, and process solutions to help improve efficiency and accelerate their time to market.“

    [Image courtesy of FREUDENBERG MEDICAL]

  • Performance Motion Devices Inc.

    Performance Motion Devices Inc. and Endrich Bauelemente Vetriebs GmbH (Endrich) are partnering to enable Endrich to distribute and provide technical support for Performance Motion Devices's line of embedded motion control solutions. Used for lab automation, medical devices, robotics, packaging, 3D printing, and more, these motion control solutions are suited for single- and multi-axis applications, regardless of motor types used.

    “Partnering with Endrich will enable Performance Motion Devices to address the needs of our current and prospective customers across Germany, Switzerland and other regions of Europe,” said Chuck Lewin, president and CEO of Performance Motion Devices, in a news release. “Our new relationship will significantly expand the reach of our advanced, pre-programmed solutions that deliver sophisticated motion control and dramatically reduce development time.”

    “As one of the leading specialist distributors in Europe for electronic components, Endrich offers standard and high-tech products, for all types of applications plus the technical support and ability to speak to knowledgeable engineers to find the best solution for our customers,” added Dr. Christiane Endrich, managing director of Endrich, in the statement. “Adding Performance Motion Device’s motion control solutions to our offerings will allow our customers the reliability and long-term availability they require for their instruments.”

    [Image courtesy of PERFORMANCE MOTION DEVICES INC.]

  • Apprentice.io

    Apprentice.io has developed and deployed a conversational augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) platform for lab, line, and suite environments. It can be used for batch records, tech transfer, and R&D workflows as well as training procedures, troubleshooting, and support.

    “We like to say that we don’t just augment reality; we augment human ability,” said Angelo Stracquatanio, co-founder and CEO of Apprentice.io, in a news release. “AR and AI are changing the way workforces across all industries solve problems and share information, ushering in the next wave of human potential.”

    Mobile ARCore/ARKit 2 solutions, fully immersive AR devices, and monocular smart glasses can provide live AR content, real-time feedback for performance correction, and intelligent data capture to improve complex workplace processes, the company reported. For instance, it can be used by a lab technician in a cleanroom gown to access complex procedures, visualize a 3-D technique demonstration, and capture or track data using computer vision, all without the need to touch a single piece of paper, the company reported. 

    Kristen Kucks, director of communications for Apprentice.io, told MD+DI that "medical device manufacturers are using Apprentice to realize significant efficiency and productivity gains. They connect with suppliers or subcontractors to troubleshoot problems and minimize travel for an immediate ROI or provide real-time engagement with customers like has never done before."  

    The company announced an $8M Series A funding round led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital with participation from existing investors, Silverton Partners and Hemi Ventures, it was reported in the news release.

    “We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with the leader in AR and AI,” said Peter Liu, vice president, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, in the release. “Angelo and his team of experts have a clear vision for what will be the next generation of enterprise AR. It was among the many reasons we were eager to invest at this stage.”

    [Image courtesy of APPRENTICE]

     

  • Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company

    Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, is announcing enhanced capabilities for partnering with customers in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and medical device industries. The company offers end-to-end services supporting innovation, development, manufacturing, and post-launch activities. 

    “At Phillips-Medisize, we believe innovation grows at the intersection of market needs and emerging technologies,” said Matt Jennings, CEO and president, Phillips-Medisize, in a news release. “By driving innovation at every level and project phase, we help customers bring better drug delivery devices and connected health solutions to market swiftly, with increased confidence.”

    Expertise in electronics hardware, software engineering, PCBA manufacturing, and assembly offers customers support for connected health solutions. 

    “Phillips-Medisize pushes the boundaries of technology-driven innovation to give their customers a competitive edge in the design, development, and commercial manufacturing of differentiated drug delivery devices and connected health solutions,” added Joe Nelligan, president and COO, Molex.

    [Image courtesy of PHILLIPS-MEDISIZE LLC]

  • BriskHeat

    BriskHeat has released a line of durable and efficient cartridge heaters, available in a variety of lengths and diameters. The heaters are designed for applications experiencing high operating temperatures or heavy vibrations.

    “Through the years, many of our customers have asked BriskHeat to offer cartridge heaters. We’ve seen the need in a number of industries such as plastics, blow molding, medical, packaging, and die casting, so we’re very pleased to offer this product line,” explained Patrick Doyle, vice president of business development, BriskHeat, in a news release. 

    “BriskHeat has a wide selection of sizes that are ready to ship as soon as the order comes in,” added Doyle. “Additionally, if you shop online or talk to your distributor and we don’t have the cartridge heater you’re looking for, we can provide a custom heater in under two weeks or complete an expedited request in as little as a day.”

    A 304 stainless-steel sheath provides oxidation resistance in a wide variety of environments, the company reported. High-purity magnesium-oxide fill allows maximum dielectric strength and thermal conductivity. Maximum life is achieved through the use of nickel-chromium resistance wire, and that wire is evenly wound for better heat distribution.

    [Image courtesy of BRISKHEAT]

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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