Resolution Medical hires new CEO

Resolution Medical today said it has hired Peter Herman as CEO.

Herman replaces former CEO David Blaeser, who joined the Fridley, Minnesota-based medical device contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) in 2020. Blaeser’s LinkedIn page says he is now at Nextern in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Herman was previously VP of multi-site operations at Resonetics, and before that held management positions at JunoPacific, Lake Region Medical and UFE.

Peter Herman is CEO of Resolution Medical. [Photo via LinkedIn]

“The value Resolution Medical brings to the medical device market is truly unique, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such a skilled team,” Herman said in a news release. “The combination of deep clinical and device design knowledge, biosimulation technology and pre-clinical services, and production readiness and launch capabilities position R…
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Resonetics to buy SAES Medical nitinol business for $900M

Resonetics announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Memry Corp. and SAES Smart Materials from SAES Getters S.p.A, Milan, Italy.

The planned acquisition will expand Nashua, New Hampshire–based Resonetics’ nitinol raw material and component manufacturing capabilities.

The companies expect the $900 million deal to close this year. The transaction is subject to the receipt of regulatory clearances and approvals. In addition, there are other closing conditions, including the approval of the SAES Getters S.p.A. board of directors.

Both of the businesses that Resonetics is acquiring are U.S. based. They have 550 employees and operations in Bethel, Connecticut; New Hartford, New York; and Menlo Park, California.

The deal enables Resonetics to better serve a wide range of medtech

Nitinol is enabling technological advances in a range of therapeutic areas, such as structural heart, peripheral vascular, electrophysiology, neurovascular…

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Resonetics acquires Agile MV

Resonetics today announced that it has acquired Agile MV for an undisclosed amount.

As part of the acquisition, Nashua, N.H.-based Resonetics will rebrand its existing Design and Development Services business as Agile Product Development. It will have locations in Boston, San Diego and Montreal with a common focus on quality, innovation and agility, according to the company.

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Sensor Technology for Medical Devices: How Fiber Optic and Electromechanical Sensors Can Be Used to Improve Patient Outcomes

Medical procedures continue to advance with the development of new technology and manufacturing capabilities. These advancements led to a need for more device feedback and data during procedures to help guide clinicians to more successful patient outcomes. There are several different types of sensors that can be integrated into medical devices to measure critical inputs such as pressure, strain, and temperature. The integration of these sensors has become more challenging as devices increase in complexity and decrease in size. Resonetics can support companies that are looking to add sensor capabilities to their device through the design, manufacturing, and integration of fiber optic and electromechanical sensors.

Fiber Optic Sensors

Fiber optic sensors are comprised of a sensor, fiber optic cable, and a signal conditioner. The signal conditioner sends light through the fiber optic cable to the sensor, which contains a mirror to reflect the light…

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Carlyle makes a significant investment in Resonetics

Carlyle-managed funds have acquired a significant interest in medical device contract manufacturer Resonetics.

Today’s announcement did not include the investment size, but the deal values Nashua, New Hampshire–based Resonetics at roughly  $2.25 billion.

Carlyle joins existing investor GTCR as a meaningful shareholder in the company.

Resonetics focuses on producing highly technical components for medical device applications, providing services from design and development to high-volume manufacturing.

“Our business has advanced significantly over the past four years, expanding on our scale and capabilities and becoming an increasingly valuable partner to our customers, and we look forward to keeping the momentum going,” Resonetics CEO Tom Burns said in a news release.

Steve Wise, a Carlyle managing director and head of global healthcare, said Carlyle’s global network will open up new avenues of organic opportunities for Resonetic…

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Resonetics buys Hudson Medical Innovations

Resonetics said today that it has purchased Hudson Medical Innovations from Preco.

Hudson manufactures microfluidics, point-of-care diagnostics (including application of reagents), biosensors, and advanced wound care devices. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Resonetics said Hudson’s responsive prototyping capabilities and proprietary, automated equipment helped build its reputation as a supplier that supports customers with precise products from development to high-volume production.

“Hudson Medical Innovations is utilizing many of the same principles that have driven Resonetics’ growth: a focus on the customer, innovative problem solving, and purpose-built equipment to scale production efficiently,” Resonetics President and CEO Tom Burns said in a news release. “The Hudson team has established a great position serving leading customers in very exciting high-growth markets, expanding the breadth and diversi…

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Resonetics acquires FISO Technologies

Resonetics said yesterday it acquired FISO Technologies, which develops and builds fiber optic sensors and signal conditioners.

Founded in 1994 and based in Quebec City, Quebec, FISO was previously owned by Nova Ventures’ Nova Metrix. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FISO’s fiber optic development and advanced manufacturing supports high-volume production of complex fiber optic products for the medical device and energy markets, Resonetics said in a news release.

“We are excited to add FISO’s innovative fiber optic capabilities to provide our customers with improved access to another novel technology that’s already proven useful in several clinical applications,” Resonetics President and CEO Tom Burns said in the news release. “FISO serves market leaders in interventional cardiology, critical care and women’s health and we believe the technology has broad application in other clinical areas.”

FISO’s sensors measure pressure, tempe…

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Women in Medtech 2021: Shawna Pearson, Resonetics VP of Operations

Shawna Pearson [Photo courtesy of Resonetics]

Shawna Pearson has 25 years of experience in lean manufacturing, process engineering and operations leadership across multiple industries, including 10 years in medical device manufacturing.

As VP of operations at Resonetics, Pearson is responsible for managing four facilities. With a relentless emphasis on continuous improvement, she focuses her teams on creating flow and quality at the source.

Prior to Resonetics, Pearson was senior director of operations at Safe Fleet where she led the operations team to successfully execute best in class service metrics while doubling in size over 4 years.  She was a key integrator of new businesses to the platform, drove critical strategic initiatives and led the Continuous Improvement program across the organization. Pearson also led operations and engineering teams to record growth and profits in the switchgear industr…

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The advantages of laser-cut tube (LCT) catheters

Here’s how laser-cut tube (LCT) catheters compare to traditional catheters: the design process, functional advantages, test methods and cost comparisons. 


The medical device community has a long history of using braided and coil-based catheter constructs. But these traditional constructs present multiple performance-based issues. “With the advent of the laser-cut tube capability we have at Resonetics, it’s opened up a lot of options for catheter manufacturing,” said Dave Rezac, VP of design and development services at the company, in a recent DeviceTalks Tuesdays webinar.

Kevin Hartke, Resonetics’ chief technical officer, joined Rezac in the Resonetics-sponsored webinar to discuss how their company studied the comparative performance of LCT versus traditional catheter constructs.

Go to our sister site Medical Tubing + Extrusion and read four takeaways on how LCT compares to the traditional catheter construct.

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Contract manufacturers fuel medtech expansion in Costa Rica

Medical device manufacturing is flourishing in the Central American country, spurred by a host of incentives.

[Image from Unsplash]This year is seeing a wave of expansions by medtech contract manufacturers in Costa Rica.

Medtech OEMs have made the Central American company a manufacturing hub since the 1990s. Major companies operating there include Abbott, Bayer, Boston Scientific, Cardinal Health, Edwards Lifesciences, Hologic, Medtronic, Philips, Smith+Nephew and Wright Medical. Eight of these are among the top 20 exporters in Costa Rica, representing nearly $2.7 million in medical device exports in 2019 — 73% of the total.

Medtech OEMs in Costa Rica want their suppliers nearby, making the Central American country a magnet for contract manufacturers. The addition of medtech sterilization facilities in Costa Rica — BeamOne (now Steris) in 2009 and Sterigenics in 2013 — also helped spur more contract manufacturing. Before that, manufacturers had to ship prod…

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Resonetics acquires Distal Solutions

Resonetics today said it completed its acquisition of Distal Solutions for an undisclosed amount.

Distal Solutions specializes in the design and development of catheter-based delivery systems for medical devices and implants. Distal’s founder David Rezac will lead Resonetics’s design and development efforts and California market expansion.

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Resonetics’ centerless grinding process enables a nearly limitless level of micro-scale geometries for mandrels, guide wires, core wires and catheter components. With expert process knowledge, machine fabrication, automation and 100+ grinding systems, Resonetics has one of the largest, most comprehensive capabilities in the industry.

Precision, or centerless, grinding was invented in the early 1920s to support volume manufacturing of bicycle roller bearings. The technology found its way to the medical device industry in the early 1990s as the demand for guide wires grew from the advent of catheter based surgical techniques.  Centerless grinding enabled the production of guide wires by selectively removing the outside diameter to enhance the flexibility required to navigate the circulatory system.

Many different materials can be precision ground, including metals, ceramics and polymers. The key to grinding various types of materials is the select…

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