by Gemma Escarré,
Eleven Catalan companies from the 3D printing and medical devices sectors participated in a mission to Boston (Massachusetts, United States), from 16 to 19 April, organised by the Government of Catalonia (through ACCIÓ) and the Catalonia Trade and Investment Office in Boston, with collaboration from CataloniaBio & HealthTech.
Over the four-day mission, Avinent, Diopma, Mastertec, Neos Surgery, Servocad Microtronics, Tractivus and Ventura Medical, plus the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Hospital Clinic, Althaia Foundation and Fira de Barcelona, met with companies and organisations including Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center, Boston Scientific, Weitz Laboratory at Harvard University and Johnson & Johnson DePuy Synthe.
The delegation also participated in the BIOMEDevice congress, which attracted morethan 4,500 participants from the medical technology arena.
With a population of nearly 7 million, Massachusetts has consolidated its position as one of the top biomedical research and innovation ecosystems in the world and one of the most noteworthy epicentres for health applications of 3D printing.
Catalonia currently has 71 companies that provide services and products associated with 3D printing. Jointly, their revenue is €226 million and they employ 2,000 workers. It is undoubtedly a key technology for the development of industry 4.0 in the country.
Press release (In Catalan)
Photo: Representatives of the delegation to the company Johnson & Johnson DePuy Synthe - ACCIÓ