By Frank Antosiewicz, Plastics News Correspondent
Salt Lake City, Utah - Medical material maker Biomerics llc recently opened a 10 000 sq.ft addition that includes an ISO Class 8 clean room. It also spent $1.5 million on new machinery.
The company doubled its clean room space according to Troy Mohr, Biomerics' vice president of business development, and boosted the size of its overall facility to 85 000 sq.ft.
"We have the ability to have material polymerisation and compounding in one room with full injection moulding and assembly in the second room," Mohr said in a telephone interview.
He said Biomerics also invested in machinery, including two new presses for the clean room. There is also a Motan automated material handling system in place, as well as new medical and pharma compounding lines.
Biomerics' materials are largely polyurethane-based and include polycarbonate-based thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) for implantable devices. It also offers aliphatic polycarbonate TPUs, which are non-yellowing and offer "unique body0softening properties," the company says.
These aliphatic TPUs are typically exploited in catheter uses where softening and biodurability are required such as hemodialsysis, drainage, vascular access, and pacemaker leads, says the company.
The recent expansion was managed by Entelen llc, a design and construction company based in Salt Lake City that specialises in clean manufacturing facilities.
Biomerics started in 1994 as Utah Plastics Group, but has since added the new name and in the last three years has focused more on medical devices and life sciences. It is able to make biomedical materials and do compounding, and later do injection moulding or extrusion, as well as assembly.
Last year, the company launched a new polyimide medical tubing and coated wire production line to produce components that are used in medical devices such as cardiovascular catheters and angioplasty stent delivery devices.
Biomerics works a great deal with original equipment manufacturers as a contract manufacturer.
Overall, it has 60 employees, having added 15 jobs in the last quarter. The company plans to hire up to 20 more in the coming year.
Biomerics plans a ribbon cutting on 23 March. The company said a big reason for the expansion is Utah's focus on life sciences includes the recent passage of the state's Technology and Life Sciences Economic Development Act.