Minnetronix Medical and INO Innovation Center today announced a strategic partnership to innovate and accelerate the development of optical medical devices.
For their first completed project, INO developed a smart illumination system for an unidentified customer and Minnetronix led the system integration.
The companies said in a news release that their partnership can also manage projects that require optical subsystems with larger, complex medical device systems; have complicated or diverse supply chains and/or require regulatory insights to scope design considerations relative to the FDA pathway.
“There is increased complexity in creating optical medical devices, which this partnership solves,” Minnetronix VP and GM Matt Adams said in the news release. “For example, the supply chain for complex medical optics is often fragmented requiring customers to find specialized expertise in multiple small firms. Now, customers get the best brains in the industry under one umbrella to get their products to market faster.”
St. Paul, Minnesota-based Minnetronix offers full lifecycle design and manufacturing services for medical device developers, but the company also developed its own line of devices under CEO Jeremy Maniak, a long-time employee who took the top spot in 2020.
Quebec City, Quebec-based INO is a center of applied research and expertise in optics and photonics, with more than 150 experts in that field. Its biomedtech business unit focuses on point of care, decentralized medicine, wearables, remote monitoring, surgical navigation, quality control and inspection, optical sterilization/sanitizing and advanced imaging technologies.
“With more than 50 years of leading expertise in optics between INO and Minnetronix, our combined strengths will play a significant role in advancing our customers’ optics-based medical devices to the market,” INO Business Development and Partnership VP Louis Martel said in the news release.