Titan Corp.'s five-year, $4 million contract with Imed Corp. to sterilize medical plastics allowed Titan to open San Diego's first sterilization facility exclusively for the medical industry - and the company expects to sign at least two more contracts, worth a minimum of $1 million each, in the next month. Michelle Mueller, a spokeswoman for the San Diego company, said the Titan facility is a contract service operation that employs a patented electron beam accelerator in its process, which the company says is environmentally safer than gamma-ray or ethylene-oxide sterili-zation.
Mueller said the facility sterilizes only medical plastics, including intravenous packs, petri dishes, surgical gloves, operating-room trays and setups and the plastic portions of syringes.
Titan designs, manufactures and installs sterilization systems. Imed, also based in SanDiego, manufactures IV infusion pumps and disposable IV administration sets.
Titan's two other contracts will be with California companies as well, but Titan officials declined to divulge the contracting facilities' names or locations.
Titan also provides sterilization services in Denver, Mueller said in a recent telephone interview.