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By PBN Staff
WARWICK – Biomedical Structures LLC, a developer of biomedical textiles for medical devices, has expanded its medical textile development and manufacturing facilities, and appointed a new vice president of research and development, the company announced Tuesday.
The expansion includes a 10,000-square-foot addition, which will support the engineering center for new product development, as well as a “significant increase” in the number of cleanrooms for biomedical textile development. The new expansion triples BMS’ 2011 cleanroom space total, according to a company release.
BMS has also increased its weaving capacity with advanced equipment to accommodate demand for vascular grafts, synthetic tendons and orthopedic tissue report. The company declined to say how many employees the expansion may or may not involve.
To compliment to expansion, BMS has appointed medical device industry veteran Jonathan Howe as its vice president of research and development. “Howe will bring more than 15 years of experience developing solutions for the spine, sports medicine and interventional cardiovascular markets to help BMS meet the precise performance requirements of these device textiles,” said a BMS release.
“BMS is thrilled to welcome Jonathan Howe to our R&D team,” BMS CEO Dean Tulumaris said in prepared remarks. “We are experiencing a tremendous demand for our biomedical textiles for increasingly sophisticated solutions across the orthopedic and cardiovascular markets. Jonathan’s track record of device development and innovative engineering approach are a great fit for our customers’ needs as they continue to evolve.”
Prior to joining the company, Howe was the former director of research at development at DePuy Spine. He also served as the director of new product development for DePut Mitek, a soft tissue repair and sports medicine device company, and as a product development engineer at Cordis.
According to a company release, Howe holds numerous patents and has launched dozens of products and product development programs.
Howe received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Biomedical textiles can provide the perfect solution for many medical device engineering challenges,” said Howe in a statement. “A cutting-edge medical textile developer like BMS is in the middle of a perfect storm of opportunity as device engineers look to improve performance and move toward more lifelike solutions for patients.
“I’m excited to join the BMS team with the chance to truly innovate on established designs,” added Howe.