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Leadership News

Alexandria Industries, Alexandria, MN, announced that Gordon Knott has joined the company as its new medical market leader. His appointment strengthens the company’s commitment to meeting durable- and electro-medical product manufacturers’ needs for sophisticated component design, manufacturing, assembly, and supply chain services.

Nextremity Solutions, Inc., Red Bank, NJ, announced that its board of directors has named Rod K. Mayer to serve as the company's Chief Executive Officer and President. Nextremity Solutions is a privately held medical device company, committed to the development of technologically advanced and precise medical implant systems

OPS Solutions, which provides the Light Guide System, has opened its new headquarters in Novi, MI, and added several new key personnel, including Chris Bala as Vice President, Sales & Marketing; John Morelli as Vice President, Regional Sales; Bill Coe as Vice President, Regional Sales, and Will Sommerville as Chief Technology Officer.

Vesta Inc., Franklin, WI, announces the addition of Rick Ellis as Vice President of Engineering for Vesta Silicones. The company has more than 40 years of experience in precision processing of medical grade silicone and thermoplastics.

DexCom, San Diego, CA, announced that company President Kevin Sayer was also named Chief Operating Officer. DexCom makes continuous glucose monitoring systems.

The Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council has appointed Peggy Welch as its new Executive Director. She served for 14 years as a State Representative in the Indiana General Assembly and also works part-time as an oncology nurse at the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Bunting Magnetics Company, Newton, KS, a producer of precision magnetic products, has named Sonia Cox as Director of Marketing, with responsibility for worldwide marketing functions.

EnteroMedics Inc., St. Paul, MN, a developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases, and other gastrointestinal disorders, announced that Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Greg S. Lea has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.

Expansions/Moves

UL (Underwriters Laboratories), South Bend, IN, a world leader in advancing safety, announced the expansion of its South Bend, IN, analytical laboratory to offer non-clinical testing services for the medical device industry. Testing to other internationally accepted standards is also performed, such as: basic microbiological testing, virological testing; shelf life of devices and packages; and validation of cleaning, reprocessing, and sterilization.

GW Plastics, a global manufacturer to leading OEMs in the medical device and healthcare markets, announced the completion of a 12,000 square foot clean room manufacturing expansion at the company’s Tucson, AZ, facility to support its medical device assembly and packaging business.

Phillips-Medisize, Hudson, WI, announced a 60,000-sq-ft expansion to their Kontiolahti, Finland, site, which focuses on the production of complex drug delivery devices such as inhalers, injection pens, and safety syringes.

Mahr Federal, Inc., Providence, RI, has expanded the Application Center at its headquarters, more than doubling the size of available space. The new center includes a broader range of dimensional gaging and metrology systems equipment to expand application development activity and allow increased customer participation. The company manufactures and markets a wide variety of dimensional metrology equipment, from handheld gages to technically advanced measurement systems for form, contour, surface finish, and length.

Mergers/Acquisitions/Collaborations

Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, one of the world’s largest medical device companies, has purchased a 26.4 percent stake in LifeTech Scientific Corporation, a Shenzhen, China, medical device maker. The partial acquisition will help Medtronic build a stake in China’s growing market for cardiovascular technologies. Medtronic gains the right to sell the Chinese company’s products around the world and will be able to purchase more of the company depending on developmental milestones and sales.

The Gary and Mary West Health Institute, an independent, non-profit medical research organization, has collaborated on a research demonstration of software-based interoperability as part of a collaborative research effort with Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, and the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology to achieve interoperability starting at the patient’s point-of-care medical device’s interfaces all the way through to their electronic health record. The approach is expected to simplify health information technology requirements and improve the delivery of care through a patient-centered network of connected and coordinated devices. It will be featured at the HIMSS13 Interoperability Showcase™ on March 4-6, in New Orleans, LA.

Jabil Circuit, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL, one of the world’s leading global manufacturing solutions partners, has agreed to acquire Nypro, Inc., Clinton, MA, a provider of manufactured precision plastic products for customers in the healthcare, packaging, and consumer electronics industries

Biomedical Structures, Warwick, RI, a developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices, and Modified Polymer Components, Sunnyvale, CA, which specializes in the design, rapid prototyping, and manufacture of polymer components for medical device OEMs, have merged but will retain existing names and headquarters, while pursuing opportunities to collaborate on offerings to the medical device market.

Cardinal Health, Dublin, OH, a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, will purchase AssuraMed, Twinsburg, OH, a leading provider of medical supplies to patients in the home. In January of this year, AssuraMed purchased Invacare Supply Group.

Techcomp Europe Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of analytical instruments, life science equipment, and laboratory instruments, has acquired the majority of shares in Edinburgh Instruments Ltd., Livingston, Scotland, a leading manufacturer of lifetime fluorescence spectrometers, lasers and gas sensors for scientific research and industrial markets.

Miscellaneous

Nonin Medical, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, the inventor of finger pulse oximeters and a leader in noninvasive medical monitoring, has donated six Onyx® 9500 finger pulse oximeters to the Evangelistic International Ministries for use at the Hospital Centro Socorro De Lo Alto in the remote village of Sula, Honduras.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Waltham, MA, announced that The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, University of Phoenix and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers recently recognized Lisa Witte, VP/GM of its Portable Analytical Instruments business, with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award.

Proto Labs, Inc., Maple Plain, MN, the world’s fastest manufacturer of CNC machined and injection molded parts, has awarded its 2013 Cool Idea! Award to the ReMotion Knee, a low cost prosthetic knee joint designed and manufactured by D-Rev, San Francisco, CA. Proto Labs is providing D-Rev with injection-molded parts to fulfill its next round of testing. As part of the Cool Idea! Award, 100 knee joints will be injection molded and used in field testing to ensure performance as manufacturing transitions from CNC machining to injection molded parts.

Prism Medical Ltd., St. Louis, MO, makers of professional grade home care medical equipment, has been named the Care Service Partner of the Year by The ALS Association of St. Louis, as an organization that has shown outstanding civic leadership and supporting The ALS Association mission.