Biomerics expands balloon catheter manufacturing in Ireland

Biomerics, a contract manufacturer serving the interventional device market, has opened a new Balloons and Balloon Catheters Center of Excellence in Galway, Ireland. The facility is expected to create approximately 40 jobs over the next five years.

The Salt Lake City, UT-based manufacturer said this is its first plant in Europe and its second plant outside the United States, after Costa Rica. The new facility will serve as an extension to Biomerics’ operations in Athens, Texas.

Jhovanny Ortega, commercial director of interventional balloons, will lead the new research and development center for balloons and balloon catheters. This will be a space dedicated to the design and development of complex balloon components used in future medical devices and applications, using a variety of materials including polyurethanes, nylons, PET, and more.

Biomerics said it chose to locate in Galway because of the region’s large group of medical device companies, skilled labor pool, international reputation and access to suppliers and sellers. The office will be equipped with several balloon forming machines, state-of-the-art test equipment and an ISO 13485:2016 certified clean room.

“Having this new location is another step in our strategic growth plan. We continue to see a strong need around the development of balloon components,” said Todd McFarland, president of Biomerics FMI. “We will focus on next-generation technologies, including micro-balloons and sensor balloons. Additionally, the facility will provide greater capacity to support our strategic customers in the interventional markets we serve.

The Irish government is supporting this expansion through IDA Ireland, the company noted.

“Biomerics’ decision to locate its first European site in Galway is great news for Ireland and reflects the established life sciences hub in the Western region,” said Michael Lohan, Global Head of Science of life at IDA Ireland. “This announcement is an example of IDA Ireland’s continued commitment to winning innovative investment and creating jobs in the regions. I wish Biomerics every success with this investment.