Top Medical Device Manufacturing Companies in Galway
- Activities: Medical Devices – Stents & Catheters
- Employees in Galway: 3800
Boston Scientific’s Galway manufacturing site was established in 1994. More than just being the company’s largest site in Ireland, it’s actually their largest manufacturing site in the world.
The team here produce over 4 million devices every year. Product lines include structural heart valves, self expanding stents and drug-eluting stents.
The Galway site is also the company’s European Innovation Centre. In 2017, a €17m investment was announced to launch a new “RoadRunner” endoscopy design facility.
In 2019, the company unveiled a new development and customer support building after a €60m investment.
In this video, “Smart Futures” talk to two biomedical engineers at Boston Scientific’s Galway plant…
Creganna Medical (Now part of TE Connectivity)
- Activities: Medical Devices – Delivery & Access Devices
- Employees in Galway: 1000
Creganna was established in Ireland in 1979 and entered the medical device industry in 1998. By 2003, medical devices were the sole focus of the company. Today, Creganna Medical specialises in the design and manufacture of delivery and access devices, as an outsourcing solution for many of the world’s top medical device companies.
In 2017, a $13m investment in the Galway site was announced by parent company TE Connectivity.
- Activities: Medical Devices – Respiratory Monitoring
- Employees in Galway: 2000
Medtronic is the biggest MedTech company in the world (based on 2022 revenue). They research, develop and manufacture medical devices, with a focus on chronic conditions. The company estimates that every second, two patients’ lives are saved or improved by a Medtronic product.
Medtronic has had a presence in Galway since 1999. There are two Medtronic manufacturing sites in Galway – Mervue and Parkmore.
At Mervue, the company focuses on the development of Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions.
At Parkmore, Medtronic has established a “Centre of Excellence for Operations and R&D to support Global Cardiac & Vascular Businesses, as well as a Customer Innovation Centre”. There is also significant manufacturing – approximately 10,000 stents per day are made here (that’s ~2 million every year!) – the majority of which are exported for use around the world.
Medtronic’s Galway manufacturing played a vital role in ventilator production during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2022, as the company celebrated 40 years of Irish operations, they announced a further $30m investment which would lead to 200 new R&D jobs within the Parkmore site.
In this video, you can hear more about why Medtronic chooses Ireland, as well as the operations in Galway.
- Activities: Medical Devices – Guide Wires & Inflation Devices
- Employees in Galway: 1000
Merit Medical has had a presence in Ireland since 1993.
The company is headquartered in Galway and now has two facilities in the county (after a $25m investment in a new site in 2012), which carry out research and development activities as well as manufacturing over 9 million devices per year.
Merit Medical was awarded Medtech Company of the Year 2018, at the Irish Medtech Awards.
Viatris (previously Mylan)
- Activities: Medical Devices – Vial & Syringe Aseptic Filling
- Employees in Galway: 250
In 2010, Mylan purchased the Bioniche Life Science vial and syringe ascetic filling facility.
In 2012, the company announced an annual investment of up to €76m for 5 years as it expanded both its Dublin and Galway facilities.
The Galway site became Mylan Teoranta in early 2013.
By the end of 2015, the company had expanded the manufacturing, packaging, and quality control capabilities of the site.
Viatris was formed in 2020 after a merger between Mylan and Upjohn.
The Galway site now produces two devices containing hyaluronic acid, in vial and syringe format. One is used to treat interstitial cystitis and one is used to treat muscular and skeletal inflammation and pain. These products are exported to countries around the world (but not the USA).
- Activities: Medical Devices – Orthopaedic Devices
- Employees in Galway: 400
Zimmer Biomet has had a presence in Ireland since 2007, with a manufacturing site in County Clare.
In 2015, the company announced a €51m investment to build a second manufacturing site for orthopedic implants, in Galway.
Check out this video for a look inside Zimmer Biomet’s Galway facility…
You can also see more about the Galway site’s “Made as if intended for my family” philosophy here…