Photograph of a person wearing a blue surgery outfit with white medical gloves, holding a thin catheter.
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Medical device maker Biomerics to create 40 jobs at new Galway facility

30 May 2022

The new medical balloon site is Biomerics’ first facility in Europe and will help the US company support customers in interventional markets.

US medical device manufacturer Biomerics has today (30 May) announced the opening of a new facility in Galway, with plans to create 40 jobs over the next five years.

The 2,000 sq ft site is Biomerics’ first facility in Europe and its second facility outside of the US. The new base will focus on the development and manufacturing of balloons and balloon catheters for the medical sector.

“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,” Minister of State in the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton, TD, said.

“Today’s announcement is a great achievement for the west of Ireland and signals a bright future for businesses across the country.”

Founded in 1994, Biomerics provides services in engineering design and development, technical transfer manufacturing and contract manufacturing. This includes sterilisation and packaging for medical devices components, subassemblies and finished medical devices.

The medical device manufacturer said it chose Galway for this new facility due to the region’s cluster of medical device companies, a skilled labour pool, an international reputation and access to suppliers and vendors.

“Having this new location is another step in our strategic growth plan. We continue to see a strong need around balloon component development,” says Todd McFarland, president of Biomerics FMI.

“Our focus will be on next-generation technologies, including micro- and sensing balloons. Additionally, the facility will provide more capacity to support our strategic customers in the interventional markets we serve.”

Jhovanny Ortega will lead the Balloons and Balloon Catheters Centre of Excellence located in Liosban Business Park. The centre will focus on designing and developing complex balloon components used in future medical devices and applications, using various materials such polyurethanes, nylons and PET.

“Biomerics’ decision to locate its first European site in Galway is terrific news for Ireland and reflects the established life sciences cluster in the west region,” IDA Ireland global head of life sciences Michael Lohan said.

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Leigh Mc Gowran
By Leigh Mc Gowran

Leigh Mc Gowran is a journalist with Silicon Republic since November 2021. He has previously worked as an environmental and breaking news journalist, and a local radio presenter. When he’s not writing articles and stressing about the climate emergency, he enjoys judging the latest film releases and perfecting his renowned cooking skills. He also has a love for video games, coffee and cats.

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