Permira funds to buy LSNE

Private equity firm Permira announced today that it will acquire Lyophilization Services of New England (LSNE), a contract developer and manufacturer in both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Permira is buying the company in partnership with management. LSNE founder and CEO Matt Halvorsen will still hold a significant equity stake in the company and will

David Timmersman appointed president of Vitaldyne

David Timmersman has been appointed president of Vitaldyne, a contract manufacturer specializing in the manufacture, assembly and packaging of medical devices and components. Timmersman assumes the position held by Mariellyn Kuske, a founder of the company who will be retiring once the transition to new leadership is complete. Mariellyn Kuske, along with her husband Mike, began Vitaldyne

Micro-manufacturing: 5 things you need to know

The health outcomes that minimally invasive surgical devices provide – shorter hospital stays and recovery periods – are as remarkable as the micro-manufacturing methods that produced the devices. Micro-manufacturing involves more than making conventional tooling smaller. Micro-extrusions and micro-molding also involve ultra-fine wires and electronic components. Helmbrechts, Germany-based Raumedic, which has its U.S. headquarters in

David R. Arguin named president of Helix Linear Technologies

Helix Linear Technologies, a player in linear motion and factory automation industries, is pleased to announce that David R. Arguin has earned the promotion to president and member of the company’s executive team, reporting to CEO Christopher Nook. Arguin will have oversight of the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the company. Arguin has helped

Aerospace may have something to teach medtech about materials: Here’s how

QuesTek Innovations has used advanced computer modeling to produce innovative materials in the aerospace sector. Now it’s looking to recreate the same magic in the medical device space. Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor Medical device developers typically turn to off-the-shelf materials and then design based on the properties of the materials. But does it have to

QMS compliance: Here are the basics

Rachel Beavins Tracy, Verse Solutions U.S. FDA requires companies to validate any software used in design, manufacture, packaging, labeling, storage, installation and servicing of finished devices. Companies must also use change control to ensure changes to IT systems don’t create unintended risks. But meeting FDA requirements around software validation and change control isn’t always straightforward,

Valtronic celebrates 35th anniversary

Valtronic – manufacturer of miniaturized and high-precision electronic products for the medical device industry – is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Valtronic boasts that it has helped hundreds of companies develop and produce medical devices that improve patients’ lives. Hearing aids, implants relieving pain or reducing the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases, insulin pumps or

Arrhythmia Research Technology rebrands as Micron Solutions

Arrhythmia Research Technology will be rebranding to Micron Solutions, according to a press release posted late last week. The move comes as the company aims to better align itself with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Micron Products, which provides contract manufacturing services for medical device components which require precision machining and injection molding. “We are very pleased

Qosina boasts complete line of dilators and introducer sheaths

Qosina is touting its large selection of dilators available with and without tear-away introducer sheaths in various lengths, sizes, materials and colors: Tear-away introducer sheaths with dilators have a zero clearance dilator-to-sheath transition and are equipped with a unique locking mechanism on the hub. The sheaths are constructed of Teflon for a smoother tear-away, or pre-scored

Minnesota sees major medical device plant expansions

Medical device manufacturers are spending tens of millions of dollars on Minnesota plant expansions, but another heartening sign that the major device hub around Minneapolis-St. Paul remains robust. LISI Medical Remmele—a maker of minimally invasive surgical devices, spinal implants, and drug infusion, urologic and vascular components—plans to nearly double the size of its Big Lake, Minn.

Cadence launches new website

Cadence has launched a new e-commerce website, The website, announced yesterday, is meant to allow Cadence’s customers to easily conduct online purchasing of custom and standard precision fluid handling components and fluid movement systems for laboratory testing and dispensing applications. “We hope that our customers enjoy this new solution. It helps our customers to easily

Jade Group appoints two manufacturers’ reps for sale of injection molds in the U.S.

Jade Group International, a global provider of high-quality tooling and manufacturer of plastic parts and components, has announced the appointment of two manufacturers’ representatives to oversee the sale of its injection molds in the Midwest and Southwest regions. Millholland Conrad, based in Cicero, Ind., will cover Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and

Integer Holdings shares dip after Q4 earnings report

Shares in Integer Holdings (NYSE:ITGR) dropped today after the medical device maker released 4th quarter and full year 2016 earnings that beat earnings per share expectations but missed on revenue.  The Frisco, Texas-based company—a major U.S. medical device contract manufacturer—posted profits of $7.9 million, or 25¢ per share, on sales of $359.6 million for the 3 months ended

7 disruptive innovations from medical device suppliers

Medical device innovation doesn’t just come from small, single-product startups – contract manufacturers are increasingly a part of developing truly disruptive medtech.  Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor People sometimes make the mistake of viewing innovation as the product of a few geniuses and mavericks. But in fact, it is often the result of teamwork, as the writer

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Nordson and MedPlast are divvying up Vention Medical

Nordson and MedPlast are each acquiring a piece of Vention Medical in the latest M&A deal to transform the medical device contract manufacturing landscape. Nordson (Westlake, Ohio) will pay $705 million in cash to acquire Vention’s advanced technologies division, which has locations in New Hampshire, Tennessee, Ireland, Minneapolis, Massachusetts, California, Colorado and Israel. MedPlast (Tempe,