Benefits of a life science ecosystem

October 29, 2020

The highest rate of medical device manufacturing occurs on the border region between West Texas, Northern Mexico, and Southern New Mexico, where we can find one of the most important manufacturing centers, BIO El Paso-Juárez.

Currently, BIO El Paso-Juárez is highly trained and nationally recognized for connecting the industry across the border and creating collaborative networks to build and drive biomedical manufacturing capabilities, as well as innovation leaders.

Due to its high-level performance in the industry, BIO EPJ has managed to increase biomedical device manufacturing growth, obtaining a greater solidity in the binational supply chain.

Bio El Paso- Juárez alliances and connections

BIO El Paso-Juárez seeks a way to create strategic alliances, is the first resource to support the region’s manufacturers by their local suppliers and services as:

  • Sterilization.
  • Laboratory testing.
  • Advanced Sewing.
  • Laminated Vinyl.
  • Packaging and Logistics.
  • Molding.

The industry expansion has been organically increasing local output, widening the customer base, and new product development.  Both medical device sector manufacturers and their local suppliers have brought new production lines to their plants to promote their capabilities.

Bio El Paso- Juárez Infrastructure

Currently, BIO El Paso-Juárez represents 40 medical device manufacturers capable of developing medical devices in Class I, II, and III. This classification is based on the degree of control necessary to assure that medical devices are safe and effective. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, the Class I devices present minimal potential for harm to the user and are often simpler in design than Class II or III devices. The FDA defines Class II devices for which general controls are insufficient to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device. Similarly, Class III devices usually sustain or support life, are implanted, or present a potential unreasonable risk of illness or injury.

The BIO El Paso - Juárez objectives are to link the business sector, government, and educational institutions to train and develop new methodologies for biomedical research and product development.

There are more than 40 thousand people who provide their services in the manufacturing of medical devices, mainly based on the models of maquilas. These maquilas are factories located in the heart of economic zones in Mexico.

Easy access to the North American market

Due to it being located on a border area, the manufacturing flow is highly efficient. The El Paso border area has five international bridges as well as two railway bridges that permit the bidirectional flow of merchandise. In short, it is a place where there are good trade and low import/export costs.

Medical device companies benefit from deferred tariffs, high-level inventory systems, and interstate corridors are easily accessible. 

The geostrategic cluster position is significant and it’s the starting point of Medical Manufacturing Services intermediation at a worldwide level.

Other benefits have to do with the distribution and services to store the products which have an impact on their end cost, resulting in high-quality production that allows excellent administration and access to the North American market.

Manufacturing capabilities

The manufacturing capabilities of the El Paso-Juárez region have grown over the years, allowing the specialization of manufacturing with automation, A.I., and nanotechnology. In this way, they have managed to guarantee quality products to many companies through the manufacture of products such as:

  • Catheterization, respiratory, ophthalmic devices.
  • Braces for orthopedic use.
  • Invasive surgical instruments.
  • Thoracic and aortic stents.
  • Diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Mechanical and electronic infusion pumps.
  • Surgical kits.
  • Snap belts.

Many contract manufacturing companies or independent companies offer support to those startups that want to operate through BIO El Paso - Juarez, even for those who wish to introduce a new product to the market.

Besides, it makes the infrastructure available for the process of new medical devices to be carried out, including precision and injection molding, laser welding, and metal machining.

Benefits of being a member of Bio El Paso- Juárez

Being a member of Bio El Paso-Juárez allows the medical device industry to enhance and improve innovation, collaboration, investment, and resilience of the regional medical device ecosystem. Among these benefits are the following:

  • Access to consultant and service provider lists.
  • Business referrals and introductions to other members and outside organizations
  • Savings of approximately 20% in manufacturing costs in biomedical devices in Mexico.
  • Connections to potential city and county incentives.
  • Strong binational supply chain.
  • Availability of 40 manufacturers to manufacture class I, II, and III devices.

There is no doubt that you will be eager to be part of this great team. Become a member of Bio El Paso-Juárez and develop your capabilities. Be part of a life science ecosystem in medical devices manufacture.

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