We here at Medical Design Briefs wish for a year of safety, peace, and plenty for all, and a healthy and prosperous new year for you. We are sincerely grateful for the ability to serve you and wish you the very best for the coming year. Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

Leadership News

Fenwal Inc., Lake Zurich IL, which was recently acquired by Fresenius Kabi AG, announced that Dean A. Gregory has been named president, Medical Devices, for Fresenius Kabi North America. He was previously senior vice president, Commercial Operations, for Fenwal.

Monteris Medical, Inc., Plymouth, MN, which produces MRI-guided laser-based cancer treatments, has appointed Greg Barrett as chairman of its Board of Directors, effective January 1.

Alere, Inc., Waltham, MA, focused on technology in the cardiovascular, infectious diseases, respirator, oncology, women’s health, toxicology, and autoimmune arenas, has appointed Namal Nawana as Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee commercial, R&D, and global operations.

Expansions/Moves

Foster Corporation, Putnam, CT, a leader in custom polymer formulations for medical device and drug delivery applications, now offers regional technical service and product development support in Asia Pacific. Amar Nilajkar will support medical device and pharmaceutical customers in the region from a newly established office in India.

Sterling Medical Devices, Rochelle Park, NJ, a leader in product design, development, and testing for the medical device industry, expanded its workspace with the opening of a new hardware design center to support the company's growing hardware development. The new building adds more than 4,600 square feet of office and laboratory space to Sterling's existing operations.

Mergers/Acquisitions/Collaborations

The American Chemistry Council and Society of Plastics Engineers announced a new partnership that will increase the value of both associations to their respective members and increase awareness that plastic materials and products are contributing to a more sustainable future.

Miscellaneous

AspenBio Pharma, a medical device manufacturer based in Castle Rock, CO, has changed its name to Venaxis as part of a corporate rebranding.