Can small medical device makers match up with the big companies?

By Lisa Eckelbecker in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 27, 2015

Sometimes, even technology geeks can’t get anyone to take their calls.

That’s why a medical device trade group is launching an effort to show some of the largest medical device makers in the industry what the state’s small manufacturers could do for them.

The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, or MassMEDIC, wants to raise awareness and activity of small suppliers, said Thomas J. Sommer, MassMEDIC president. A survey by the group in recent years found that Massachusetts medical device makers got 51 percent of their supplies from in-state suppliers, he said.

“Not a bad number, but not a great number,” Mr. Sommer said Wednesday while meeting with about 22 area manufacturers and consultants at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “That gives us room to grow.”

Massachusetts is home to about 400 medical device companies which directly support about 24,000 workers. Medical devices are also the state’s top export, Mr. Sommer said…

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