Being a Voice for Indiana MedDevice

Did you know the United States accounts for 40 percent of the global Medtech market and has a positive medical device trade balance of $5.48 billion more in exports than imports? Moreover, we’re a world leader in the development of advanced medical technology innovation that is driving economic opportunity and job creation. Indiana MedDevice is a big part of that growth.

The Hoosier state accounts for 54,800 Medtech jobs, with average wages starting at $58,000. Not too shabby.

AdvaMed Fly In

Earlier this month, I was honored to participate alongside IMDMC, Medtronic, Zimmer Biomet, Cook Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and Roche in AdvaMed’s Fly In, which included informative legislative briefings and several congressional visits.

As my first true adventure on Capitol Hill, it was a whirlwind! It happened to be one of the most active weeks in D.C. A bit like drinking out of a firehose, but I’m glad I was able to participate and be a voice for Indiana MedDevice and the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council (IMDMC). We chatted MedTech jobs, fair trade, regulatory, compliance, innovation and tax reform. Yes, the 2.3% Medical Device Tax was discussed frequently, as was the Medical Device User Fee Agreement (MDUFA), which is a bit of a mouthful of an acronym to get out, and yes I butchered it a few times.

For those unfamiliar with MDUFA, it allows the FDA the authority to collect user fees from the medical device industry to support review activities. Under the recent MDUFA reauthorization agreement, the industry will invest additional resources and the FDA will return for meaningful performance goals to improve the efficiency, predictability and transparency of the agency’s review process. These process improvements translate into more timely patient access to life-changing medical technologies.

Bringing Awareness to Indiana MedDevice and Medtech Issues

I enjoyed being able to listen, learn and advocate for Indiana MedDevice. Additionally, I gained a true appreciation for our legislators and their staff. They have tremendously busy schedules and work long hours. They’re constantly pulled in multiple directions, all while trying to go about the work of the government and accomplish objectives for their constituents. I’m extremely grateful for the time each took to sit and discuss important Medtech and MedDevice issues with us.

My additional takeaways from my Capitol Hill adventure include:

  • A great appreciation for the IMDMC’s Executive Director Kathy Heuer.
  • An awareness of exactly how much our government affairs partners, companies and agencies do
    to bring to light issues while not stepping on toes. It’s a talent indeed.
  • We’re not alone. So many organizations are walking side by side with us – AdvaMed, Biocom,
    AZBio, BioOhio, Colorado BioScience Association, Georgia Bio, Healthcare Institute of New
    Jersey, iBio, Kentucky Life Sciences Council, Life Sciences Pennsylvania, Medical Alley
    Association, MedTech, MichBio and many more.
  • Our legislators, across both sides of the aisle, enjoy a good discussion.
  • The need for tax reform and regulatory efficiencies is great.


Innovating Sustainably in MedDevice

The healthcare industry continues to change in dramatic ways. From cutting-edge diagnostic devices to cost-effective disposable home care device solutions, medical device innovation continues to move fast. Today’s manufacturers have much to consider in regards innovative development and remaining competitive within their market. Not only must manufacturers tackle innovating sustainably, they also must be mindful of the movement towards outcome-based patient care.

Genesis Plastics Welding is a proud collaborative outsourcing partner for medical device manufacturers. With solutions from the development phase all the way to mass production, Genesis is helping global OEMs remain profitable and grow their market share one innovative product at a time.

Innovative TPU RF Heat Sealed Pressure Sensor Membrane

One such product is thermoplastic RF heat sealed pressure sensor membrane that functions within a medical device for smart drainage in traumatic brain injuries and intracranial tumors and infections. A small portion of the overall device, but an integral part allowing for the elimination of constant manual measurements, adjustments, and interventions from the medical staff. The device enhances the patient experience, safety and has the ability to create more positive treatment outcomes.

By partnering with Genesis, the medical device OEM was able to quickly go from an innovative medical device start-up in late 2013 to a growing medical device company achieving milestones with functional prototypes and an eye on commercialization in the coming months.

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RF Welding Contract Manufacturer Genesis Plastics Welding Collaborates with Tamarack Habilitation Technologies on Sealing of GlideWear, a Breakthrough Friction-Reducing Fabric

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RF Welding Contract Manufacturer Genesis Plastics Welding Collaborates with Tamarack Habilitation Technologies on Sealing of GlideWear, a Breakthrough Friction-Reducing Fabric

Genesis Plastics Welding, a leading medical contract manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) welded products, announced today a collaboration with Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. to facilitate the RF heat sealing of GlideWear, an innovative, friction-reducing material that offers relief from friction- and shear-induced skin trauma in medical and sports products.

“In the medical device industry pressure and shear reduction are key for patient comfort, infection control and wound prevention,” says Tom Ryder, president and CEO of Genesis Plastics Welding. “GlideWear is a cutting-edge solution, and we are thrilled to have it within our engineering toolbox for our medical device and sport manufacturing clients.”

The collaboration expands the portfolio of materials available for RF welding utilizing Genesis’ proprietary welding technology, ecoGenesisTM. Prior to ecoGenesis, older RF welding techniques were restricted to the use of polymers with high dielectric loss factors such as Polyvinylchloride (PVC). With ecoGenesis, low-loss polymers are able to respond to RF welding just like PVC but without the addition of expensive and toxic additives. It is ideal for companies wishing to replace PVC or polyurethane (PU) and expand their material options.

Tamarack notes GlideWear is optimal for a wide range of interface applications including patient cushioning and support products, ulcer and pressure injury prevention products, socks for diabetes and other foot issues, prosthetic liners, orthopedic braces and number applications in sporting goods and sports apparel. “Knowing that many cushioning and support surface manufacturers are seeking to move from sewn to high-quality RF welded seams, we are pleased to be able to connect OEMs with Genesis Plastics Welding, who has the technology to facilitate the RF sealing of our innovative, friction-reducing material,” says Joe Hofmeister, CEO of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

Visit the Genesis Plastics Welding booth (1946) at MD&M West February 7-9, 2017 to view RF welded samples of GlideWear.

About Genesis Plastics Welding:

Genesis Plastics Welding is an ISO 13485:2003 certified contract manufacturer providing radio frequency (RF) welding and heat sealing applications of plastic products for military, medical and other industries. Genesis’ proprietary heat sealing technology, ecoGenesis™, allows RF plastics welding of very thin gauge (down to 0.001 inch) polyethylene, polypropylene and low-loss polymers and can facilitate polyvinylchloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU) replacement with phthalate-free plastics. For more information visit

About GlideWear by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.:

GlideWear is an ultra-low-friction interface material used widely in medtech and sporting goods applications. GlideWear is a product of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, an ISO 13485 certified technology innovator in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tamarack is dedicated to manufacturing innovative, clinically effective, and durable solutions to provide and restore mobility and comfort for our customers. GlideWear is available for custom manufacturing. Learn more at and