Advances in technology, specifically within micromachining, and growing demand for quality, low-impact healthcare increases, the line between medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies is being blurred as new products seemingly are produced daily. Medical device manufacturers are exploring new technologies provide advanced capabilities that improve patient compliance, increase product safety, and implement unique drug delivery methods. In this post we’ll examine some of what these technologies are and how micromachining is playing a part.

New Technologies in Medical Devices and Drug Delivery

  • Encapsulated Patches – these small adhesive patches are encapsulated and swallowed. Once dissolved in the body, they stick to the way of the intestine and deliver time-released medication
  • Implantable Devices – these devices are implanted into the patient and automatically run tests then administer medication
  • Transdermal Patches – these patches are embedded with micro needles that deliver medication over a period of time

As micromachining technology improves and healthcare treatments become more complex, the pharmaceutical and medical device industries will contiue to merge their technologies to provide patient solutions that combine both treatment delivery and medical devices into one convenient product. Many companies in these industries are already working with contract micromachine manufacturers to meet demand.

Regulations and High Demand

As this newly formed relationship between the medical device industry and pharmaceutical industry takes off, there are many factors that both industries should be aware of when it comes to compliance. However, the two most pressing concerns are Regulations and High Demand.

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Government regulation requires manufacturers to adapt the processes to meet changing production demands of speed, flexibility, and safety while continuing to comply with established regulations. In order for manufacturers to comply with these regulations, an investment in state-of-the-art machinery and software is often required. Since this initial capital investment can sometimes price-out smaller companies, many rely on glass microfabrication contractors to comply and adapt with established regulations.

High Demand

Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers are facing an increasing demand from consumers for affordable, accessible, and high-functioning devices. This demand is fueled, in part, by increased insurance coverage rates and improved healthcare availability. To meet this demand, microfabricators have to product products at a faster rate while adhering to stringent regulations. A company such as Citrogene, however, prides itself as being able to manufacture micro-medical devices at scale at an affordable price.

Finding the Right Micromachining Partner

In order to keep up with market demand, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers need to find a trusted micromachining partner to help them comply with the maze of complex and ever-changing regulations. By partnering with a company like Citrogene, an expert in glass microfabrication, these companies are able to safe capital and meet consumer demand. If you are looking for a trusted micromachining manufacturer, submit your design to Citrogene today to get the conversation started on how we can be the solution for you.