Northeast Indiana's Medical Device Industry

Northeast Indiana medical device companies are market share leaders in the $45 billion orthopedic and biologics industry.

  • Northeast Indiana is home to Warsaw, IN – The Orthopedic Capital of the World®.
  • Warsaw is home to Zimmer Biomet, DePuy Synthes, Inc., Medtronic Spinal and Biologics, and Tecomet.
  • Medical device companies in Northeast Indiana control 34% of the worldwide orthopedic market, translating into over $12 billion in revenues.
  • Employment in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing is over 10 times more concentrated in Northeast Indiana than in the rest of the country.
  • Zimmer’s acquisition of Biomet for $13.4 billion in 2015 has made Zimmer Biomet the second-largest company in the market for treating muscle and orthopedic injuries.  Zimmer’s expertise in knee and hip implants will be complemented by Biomet’s strengths – sports medicine, extremities, and trauma.
  • Combined together, companies in the Fort Wayne region control 60% of the $6.6 billion worldwide hip replacement market and 64% of the $6.7 billion worldwide knee replacement market.
  • Orthopedic companies with spinal implants divisions hold over 20% market share in the $7.3 billion spine surgery market.
  • Fort Wayne Metals is a market leader in the production of fine grade medical wire. The company creates products for the orthopedic, vascular therapy, cardiac rhythm management, endoscopy, and orthodontic markets. Products are developed from biocompatible metals such as nitinol, titanium, and other high performance alloys.

The medical device industry in Northeast Indiana is comprised of firms throughout the value chain, providing logistical advantages and cost savings for larger OEMs. Medical device sterilization, precision machining, molding, contract manufacturing, and testing are all performed in the region.

  • Iotron Industries recently invested $15 million in Northeast Indiana and owns the technology for IMPELA® Electron Beam sterilization, which is an innovative and environmentally safe method of sterilizing medical devices.
  • C&A Tool competes in multiple markets based on its in-house machining and engineering capabilities. These include turning, milling, CNC machining, grinding, and metal laser sintering.
  • Greatbatch Medical, which pioneered the first implantable pacemaker, specializes in a complex medical market including implant grade batteries, vascular access systems, precision metal forming, micromolding, orthopedic implants and delivery systems. 
  • Nemcomed, an orthopedic contract manufacturer focusing on R&D / prototyping and product development, recently announced its second expansion in 5 years.

Fort Wayne-area firms produce a diversified product set spreading across various medical device markets.

Companies in the region supply or create products for the following markets:

  • Orthopedic Implants
  • Surgical Instrumentation
  • Implant Cases
  • Orthotics
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endoscopy
  • Implant Sterilization
  • Medical Grade Wire
  • Orthodontics
  • Injection Molding and Precision Plastics

Northeast Indiana is focused on developing a pipeline of talent for the medical device industry through higher education.

  • Purdue University is a nationally recognized leader in engineering. Undergraduate programs are offered in Biomechanical Engineering and graduate programs are offered focusing on musculoskeletal tissues, orthopedic implants, and musculoskeletal biomaterials.
  • Ivy Tech College recently opened a 20,000 square foot Orthopedic and Advanced Manufacturing Training Center focused on precision CNC machining.
  • Trine University offers a graduate program in biomedical engineering.
  • Grace College has launched the nation’s first graduate program in orthopedic regulatory and clinical affairs.
  • Other leading institutions in the state offering biomechanical and medical device related programs include the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, which offers an applied biology and engineering program and the University of Notre Dame, which offers a graduate program in orthopedic biomechanics and biomaterials.
  • Northeast Indiana currently boasts six STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-focused New Tech high schools.

Employment & Wages
Occupation 2015 NEI Employment 2015 Avg. Hourly Wage 2015 National Avg. Hourly Earnings NEI/US
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers
3,849 $15.99 $18.46 86.6%
First-line supervisors of production and operating workers
3,790 $25.95 $28.39 91.4%
3,309 $19.16 $19.97 95.9%
Shipping, receiving and traffic clerks
2,756 $13.76 $15.27 90.1%
Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers
2,523 $17.04 $19.25 88.5%
Cutting, punching and press machine setters, operators and tenders of metal and plastic
2,415 $13.83 $15.59 88.7%
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
2,380 $13.53 $15.42 87.8%
Molding, caremaking and casting machine setters, operators and tenders of metal and plastic
2,314 $14.58 $14.71 99.1%
Computer-controlled machine tool operators of metal and plastic
1,905 $15.99 $18.23 87.7%
Industrial Engineers
1,547 $33.32 $40.92 81.4%
Mechanical Engineers
1,178 $33.17 $41.89 79.2%
Tool and Die Makers
1,023 $21.81 $24.08 90.6%
Computer Programmers
479 $31.56 $39.75 79.4%

Source: EMSI 2015.3 Class of Worker, QCEW

Major Employers
Company Product Employment in FTE
Zimmer Biomet
Orthopedic Supplies
DePuy Synthes, Inc
Orthopedic Supplies 1,100
Medtronic Spinal & Biologics
Orthopedic Supplies
C&A Tool Engineering Inc.
Tool and Die
Paragon Medical, Inc.
Surgical cases
Fort Wayne Metals
Wire 528
Tecomet Orthopedic Supplies 464
Medical Devices for Cardiovascular & Orthopedic
Pyromation Temperature Sensors
Metal Spinners, Inc.
Metal Spinning
Greatbatch Medical
Orthopedic Supplies
Precision Medical Technologies
Orthopedic Impact Components

Source: Community Research Institute at IPFW

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