SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – 3D printing has emerged as a source of tangible solutions to multiple challenges facing the medical technology industry, and some of the largest companies in the space are already looking at and using this rapidly evolving technology. Med-tech manufacturer Boston Scientific Corp., for instance, is using 3D printing across multiple plants around the world, including its two manufacturing facilities in Costa Rica.
Hemoalgae, from Cartago, Costa Rica, is moving forward with the extraction and development of molecules of hirudin, a peptide with anticoagulant properties, which impacts the biotech and med-tech sectors. Their uniqueness? Sourcing the anticoagulant hirudin from algae.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The tiny Latin American country that has become the region's second largest med-tech exporter behind Mexico is betting on disruptive technologies and trends to stay at the technological forefront. Costa Rica's med-tech exports have become one of the nation's most important sources of income and employment, and the country is focused on expanding the sector.
BOGOTA, Colombia – During the past few years, the Dominican Republic has become one of the leading medical device suppliers to the U.S. It has positioned itself as the Latin American country with the highest export value of medical and surgical instruments worldwide. This year, it aims to expand its med-tech exports at a 7% rate.
BOGOTA, Colombia – A Costa Rican designer developed a system to create tailor-made molds to treat patients diagnosed with microtia, a congenital deformity, in which the external ear is not fully developed. "This is a very basic concept, and it really amazes me that it has not been implemented before," Andrés Quiros, the product designer behind the invention, told BioWorld MedTech.