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[In the News] Biobag Acts as an Artificial ‘Plastic Bag’ Womb

Biobag acts as a womb to support development of a premature lamb.

There are many new awe-inspiring medical device products currently in research and development across the global. One that has us saying “Wow” and taking note is an impressive “biobag” that acts as an artificial womb. Scientists have been able to keep premature lambs alive for weeks using this specialized RF welded medical device plastic bag womb.

Once proven through clinical trials, this device has the potential to help support premature infants and increase their chance of survival. It’s truly a groundbreaking new device, as well as, a mission critical device that greatly benefits from RF welding for high integrity durable seams.

To read more on this cutting edge medical device fluid bag and to see it in action, click here .

Developing a fluid bag? Be sure to download our free Fluid Bags Validation Checklist and leverage the knowledge and experience of an outsourced manufacturing partner who can help you navigate the essential elements related to successful product design, production, and quality.

 

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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.


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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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Three Undeniable Reasons Why Genesis Plastics Welding

There is no doubt that multiple avenues exist for the contract manufacture of medical devices and radio frequency welded components. After all, competition is an important aspect of the quoting process for sourcing and procurement teams. It is key in pinpointing a single or dual source at the best price and quality, that also meets all outlined product specifications.

However, did you know competition also drives innovation and motivates organizations just like Genesis Plastics Welding to be leaders within their industries? It is a driving force that inspires us to think innovatively, focus on quality and customer satisfaction, know our customers better than anyone else and continuously seek improvement.

Here are three undeniable reasons why Genesis Plastics Welding should be your medical device contract manufacturer of choice:

  1. Nearly three decades of radio frequency welding (rf welding) expertise along with comprehensive medical device outsourcing solutions from initial concept to low or high volume production.
  2. Unmatched technical expertise in the art and science of thermoplastics heat sealing of polar and non-polar plastics, including specialty materials.
  3. As a true collaborative partner, we pride ourselves on assisting medical device manufacturing clients in the nurture of innovation with an eye on overall business goals, even if that means helping shift production outside our Indiana facility as volumes climb.
Genesis Plastics Welding: Your Medical Device Manufacturer of Choice

We understand that as a sourcing team you need to explore all avenues, but we remain confident that if you are in search of the authority on radio frequency welding and an industry leader in the manufacture of heat sealed medical devices all paths will lead to Genesis Plastics Welding.

Check out those three undeniable reasons one more time, and let’s get started. Send us your request for a quote. Schedule a visit and see us in action. Either way, simply put, Genesis Plastics Welding is your medical device contract manufacturing answer.

 

Blog Author: Jason Spoolstra, Sales Engineer