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Texcel Medical Expands Medical Device Development & Manufacturing Capabilities With New Personnel, Nearly $1 Million in Capital Investments
Date:8/11/2009

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Texcel Medical (www.texcelmedical.com) is expanding its capabilities and services as a leading medical device development and manufacturing solutions company with the addition of new professional staffing and nearly $1 million in new state-of-the-art capital manufacturing equipment.

Barry Smith, CEO of Texcel Medical, said "medical device companies are under intense pressure to speed new innovations into the marketplace in the face of global competition and economic challenges -- and will need to increase their reliance on partnerships with solution providers such as Texcel Medical to succeed."

"To expand our support and services for medical device manufacturers, Texcel Medical is bolstering its product development, manufacturing, and quality assurance expertise and capabilities in the areas of Class II and III implantable medical devices, including IPG's (Implantable Pulse Generators) for Neuromodulation," Smith said.

The new appointments announced by Smith are:

  • John Randolph of Easton, Conn., who has joined Texcel Medical as Director, Quality & Regulatory. He has more than 25 years of quality and regulatory experience in medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Randolph was most recently with Roche. His experience includes design and quality system management for computer-based medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, and x-ray with corresponding FDA and European CE submissions. He is a registered Professional Engineer, certified Project Management Practioner, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Mark Tauer of Belchertown, Mass., has joined the company as a Mechanical Designer. Tauer has 14 years of experience designing medical, consumer and industrial products. Most recently, his experience included surgical tray design and knee implant metal-to-plastic conversions for major orthopedic companies. He has also designed operating room products for Tyco Healthcare. Tauer is skilled at assessing projects and finding ways to minimize costs and project timelines. He holds an AS in mechanical drafting/CAD technology from Ivy Technical State College.

  • Andy Fetterroll of Springfield, Mass., has been appointed as a Development Engineer. He has over 12 years of experience in the medical field. Fetterroll joins the company from Blackstone Medical. His most recent experience includes dealing with medical chart papers, operating room products, spinal implants, tab, snap, and defibrillation electrodes. He has a strong quality and technical background and is versed in validations, protocols, and six sigma tools for analysis. He graduated with a BS in Industrial Technology/Manufacturing concentration from Fitchburg State College, and an AS in Mechanical Engineering/Design from Springfield Technical Community College and a CQE certification through ASQ.

  • Haralambos Zaharis of Enfield, Conn., has been appointed as Development Engineer. Before joining Texcel Medical, Zaharis interned at the University of Connecticut Health Center in the New England Musculoskeletal Institute as a research assistant. There, he applied mechanical engineering principles using cadaveric specimens for medical and orthopedic research. Zaharis Graduated in 2009 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Hartford.

Smith said the company's investments in new capital manufacturing technology include the acquisition of new Lasag SLS 200 CL Series Industrial Laser, a ProLas Multi-Purpose Compact Laser Machining Workstation, a new low-volume helium leak detection system, and an optical inspection station.

"These significant new investments in manufacturing technology -- combined with our new appointments -- strengthen our ability to help medical device firms achieve their development milestones and dramatically slash both the time and cost of introducing new product innovations to market," Smith said.

For more information about Texcel Medical, visit www.texcelmedical.com or call 1-413-525-5700.

About Texcel Medical:

Texcel Medical (www.texcelmedical.com) creates long term partnerships with medical device companies in the areas of Class II medical electronics, Class III implantable electronics, IPG's (Implantable Pulse Generators - Neuromodulation) and laser technology and manufacturing services. Texcel Medical has served the medical device community for over 20 years and is ISO-13485 (2003) certified. Texcel Medical is based in East Longmeadow, Mass.

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