For the past couple of years, Biomerics has been working diligently to serve 6 distinctive markets within the medical device and biotech industries including cardiovascular, structural heart, cardiac rhythm management/electrophysiology, neurovascular, vascular access and pain management.
With the recent acquisition of Biomerics FutureMatrix Interventional (See Press Release), we’ve been able to expand our programs and services into a 7th market that we believe has incredible development opportunities. The Gastrointestinal/Urology has been a focus area for our Athens, TX team for more than 25 years. Their level of experience in this market developing balloon catheters, balloons, manufacturing stents, as well as processing extrusions, packaging and sterilization capabilities, has been a true asset to the world of GI/Urology products and medical devices. It is why we look forward as a contract manufacturer, to strengthen those business relationships within this area and enhance our services through this extensive portfolio.
This month, we’ve chosen to highlight the Gastrointestinal/Urology markets and provide some insight as to how we are working to support this market and the medical device needs.
The Gastrointestinal system, or otherwise known as the gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) starts at the mouth and continues down the throat through to the Esophagus. Food is chewed, mixed with saliva, to soften and break down the food particles so that the body can process and absorb the nutrients from those food sources. The GI tract continues through to the stomach, small and large intestines and then out through the anus. The GI medical device market is an expanding market with a variety of devices used to support many of the health conditions that are associated with these medical modalities. Devices for this market include: Endoscopes, Stents, Hemostasis, Esophageal Devices, Dilation/Balloons and Urology/Gynecology Devices.
Urology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving male and female urinary tracts. Devices that are used by urologists for the diagnosis and treatment of urinary disorders that involve ureters, bladder and urethra, kidneys, and adrenal glands can be treated by Urologists with these devices.
Both markets have shown sizable growth and have become unique areas for developing devices that cater to this area of medicine. Our engineering teams, are available to work collaboratively with you to design, development and produce products in this market segment.
Our core capabilities in the urology and gastrointestinal markets include:
- Kidney Stone Management
- Dilation Catheters
- Ureteral Stents
- Urodynamic Catheters
- Access Sheaths
For a further review of the other 6 markets, see the information listed below.
Pain Management – Arthritis, pain, and swelling are a direct result of aging. As we age our joints break down, cartilage wears thin, and the fluids that lubricate our joints begins to dwindle. The nerves around the spinal cord can become pinched, or constrained near the vertebrae causing pressure and tension. Fortunately, leading healthcare and device professionals continue to produce new products and procedures to help treat and eliminate chronic pain.
Vascular Access – The vascular system consists of the interconnected arteries and veins found within the human body. This network of arteries and veins provides a path for blood flow, allowing nutrients and oxygen to reach limbs and other appendages. With the advent of modern medicine and technologies, minimally invasive devices for drug delivery, pressure monitoring, nutrition, phlebitis reduction, dialysis, blood drawing, and rapid hydration have helped lower risk and improve patient outcome.
Neurovascular – The human brain consumes about 20% of the body’s oxygen. Due to the brain’s power and energy requirements, issues such as aneurysms, thrombi, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous carotid fistula, and other neurovascular complications can have damaging–even fatal–consequences. With the advancements in catheter materials and designs, along with the availability of minimally invasive technologies, patients with neurovascular problems are beginning to experience reduced costs, pain, and recovery time.
Cardiac Rhythm Management/Electrophysiology – Used in the pumping of blood throughout the circulatory system, the heart is the center of the human body. Although fragile, the heart plays an essential role in providing the body with nutrients and oxygen. Groundbreaking advances within the biotech and medical device communities have enabled patients with cardiovascular diseases and problems to live longer, healthier lives.
Cardiovascular – Comprised of the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins, the human cardiovascular system is a closed network of components centered on the distribution of blood throughout the body. With the ongoing advancement of cardiovascular access, diagnosis, and treatment devices, doctors and medical professionals are able to provide patients with a level of care and options that were once impossible.
Structural Heart – The human heart is optimally designed to keep us alive via the regulation of blood and oxygen. Unfortunately, age, genetics, and other factors can cause the heart to develop imperfections, holes, stenosis, and diseases that can make normal living almost impossible. Fortunately, discoveries within the structural heart market are giving surgeons and doctors more efficient, less risky options for heart repair and surgery.