(pronounced "Zye-medica") is already established near one medical device
hotspot (Boston) and is now expanding to another: the Twin Cities.
"Minneapolis is the hub of so many medical device companies and the hub
of so many of our customers," says Sandra Weiss, director of marketing
for the Providence, Rhode Island-based firm.
Ximedica provides up-front research, design, strategy, product
development and introduction, and many other services to medical device
and consumer healthcare companies.
The new office will be located in the University Enterprise Laboratories
(UEL) Center, near University Avenue and Highway 280.
The company will be hiring locally, says Weiss--a key part of
maintaining the presence and trust with local partners that the company
has established on the East Coast for nearly 25 years.
"We're [hiring locally] so we can continue to maintain that service, we
can continue to earn that trust locally, just like we've done in
Providence," says Weiss, who notes that the Twin Cities is also a hub of
academia and research related to the industry.
Ximedica does not have a solid target for the number of employees there,
but it is "actively recruiting" and "aggressively hiring," says
Stephanie Chamberlain, human resources manager for Ximedica.
As of mid-June, the staff count was one: Director of Human Factors
Industrial Design David Copeland. His team will eventually include a
director of engineering; senior level mechanical, software and
electrical engineers; and program managers.
The Minnesota facility is expected to be at full capacity this fall,
according to a press release, and Ximedica is also expanding its
Providence location to 100,000 square feet of "integrated product
Source: Sandra Weiss, Ximedica
Writer: Jeremy Stratton