SALT LAKE CITY, May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Biomerics, the leading vertically integrated medical device contract manufacturer serving the interventional device market, has today announced the opening of a 2,000 sq. ft. Balloons & Balloon Catheters Centre of Excellence in Galway and the creation of approximately 40 jobs over the next five years. This is Biomerics' first facility in Europe and the second facility outside the United States after Costa Rica. It will become home to a growing team dedicated to the development and manufacturing of balloons and balloon catheters and act as an extension to the operations in Athens, TX.
Pictured at Biomerics announcement of forty (40) job in Galway were: Michael Lohan, Global head of Life Sciences IDA Ireland, MInister of State Hildegarde Naughton, Todd McFarland, President, Texas Facility, Biomerics, Jhovanny Ortega, Director, Balloon Centre of Excellence, Galway, Rachel Shelly, Head of Medical Technologies, IDA Ireland.
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The Irish Government supports this expansion through IDA Ireland.
Galway-based Minister of State in the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the announcement stating, "I am delighted to welcome Biomerics to Ireland and indeed to Galway where it has chosen to establish its Balloons & Balloon Catheters Centre of Excellence. This move brings with it the creation of 40 jobs providing new opportunities for people to work and live in Galway, which has a proven track record when it comes to providing a rich pool of talent with a highly skilled and educated workforce. Today's announcement is a great achievement for the West of Ireland and signals a bright future for businesses across the country."
Jhovanny Ortega, Commercial Director, Interventional Balloons,will lead the new balloons & balloon catheters research and development facility. It will be a dedicated space for designing and developing complex balloon components used in future medical devices and applications, using various materials including polyurethanes, nylons, PET, and more. "I look forward to leading a group of individuals and creating cohesive teams that ultimately support the Biomerics vision," says Jhovanny.
The new office will be located at 2 Liosban Business Park in Galway. Biomerics chose to locate in Galway due to the region's significant cluster of medical device companies, a skilled labor pool, an international reputation, and access to suppliers and vendors. The office will be equipped with multiple balloon-forming machines, state-of-the-art test equipment, and a cleanroom that is ISO 13485:2016 certified.