Northeast Indiana's Medical Device Industry
Northeast Indiana medical device companies are market share leaders in the $37 billion orthopedic and biologics industry.
- Medical device companies in Northeast Indiana control 34% of the worldwide orthopedic market, translating into $12 billion in revenues.
- 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, and this share could increase on the heels of the recent $21 billion JNJ-Synthes merger.
- 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
- Implant Sterilization
- Medical Grade Wire
- 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 ||2014 NEI Employment || Avg. Hourly Wage || National Avg. Hourly Earnings ||NEI/US |
|Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers ||1,985 ||$17.01 ||$18.80 ||90.5% |
|Computer-controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic ||1,786 ||$15.74 ||$17.94 ||87.7% |
|Industrial engineers ||1,100 ||$31.93 ||$40.09 ||79.6% |
|Mechanical engineers ||1,025 ||$33.37 ||$41.31 ||80.8% |
|Tool and die makers ||945 ||$21.28 ||$23.74 ||89.6% |
|Computer support specialists ||792 ||$19.34 ||$25.80 ||75.0% |
|Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic ||629 ||$14.89 ||$16.27 ||91.5% |
|Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders ||509 ||$15.60 ||$17.21 ||90.6% |
|Architectural and Engineering managers ||364 ||$52.01 ||$65.65 ||79.2% |
|Computer programmers ||335 ||$29.22 ||$38.91 ||75.1% |
|Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic ||323 ||$16.32 ||$17.73 ||92.0% |
|Software developers, systems software ||288 ||$45.23 ||$50.23 ||90.0% |
|Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders ||168 ||$18.29 ||$19.59 ||93.4% |
Source: EMSI 2014.3 Class of Worker, QCEW
|Company ||Product ||Employment in FTE |
|C & A Tool Engineering Inc. ||Tool and Die ||592 |
|Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp. ||Wire ||528 |
|Micropulse ||Medical Devices for Cardiovascular and Orthopedic Applications ||250 |
|Symmetry Medical Inc. ||Orthopedic & Surgical Instruments ||182 |
|Pyromation ||Temperature Sensors ||172 |
|Nemcomed ||Implants and R&D ||128 |
|Metal Spinners Inc. ||Metal Spinning ||124 |
|Greatbatch Medical ||Orthopedic Supplies ||120 |
|Quadrant ||Polymer Plastics and Thermaformed Composites ||107 |
|L.H. Medical ||Implants and Instruments ||65 |
|BKB Manufacturing ||Tools for Cutting Chrome, Titanium, and Steel ||55 |
Source: Community Research Institute at IPFW
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