US contract medical device maker Biomerics is opening a new factory in Galway that will create around 40 jobs over the next five years.
The group announced that it would open a 2,000 square foot center of excellence dedicated to research, development and manufacturing of medical balloons and balloon catheters.
It will act as an extension of operations in Athens, Texas, and will be the company’s first facility in Europe and second outside the United States after Costa Rica.
Biomerics Chief Commercial Officer Jhovanny Ortega will lead the facility, which will focus on the design and development of complex balloon components used in medical devices and applications using various materials.
“I look forward to leading a group of individuals and building cohesive teams that ultimately support the Biomerics vision,” Mr. Ortega said.
The new office will be located at 2 Liosban Business Park in Galway. Biomerics said it chose Galway because of the region’s large group of medical device companies, skilled labor pool, international reputation and access to suppliers and vendors. .
The office will be equipped with several balloon-forming machines, “state-of-the-art” testing equipment and a clean room.
“Having this new location is another step in our strategic growth plan,” said Todd McFarland, president of Biomerics. “We continue to see a strong need around the development of ball components.”
Biomerics Managing Director Travis Sessions said, “We will be focusing on next-generation technologies, including microballoons and sensor balloons. Additionally, the facility will provide more capacity to support our strategic customers in the intervention markets we serve.
“Biomerics strongly believes in building teams with excellent skills. We believe it is essential to use an exploratory approach to design and develop balloon components for a variety of critical medical device applications.
“Jhovanny and his team will be key to the success of this facility, and we are confident he will thrive. We are always looking for new ways to innovate as it is the lifeblood of any business, and adding a site here in Ireland helps us amplify our efforts and strengthen our vision.
Michael Lohan, Global Head of Life Sciences at IDA Ireland, said Biomerics’ decision to locate its first European site in Galway was “great news for Ireland and reflects the established life sciences cluster in the western region.