Anaheim, Calif. — A year after entering the busy medical contract manufacturing space, Canon Virginia Inc. (CVI) showed off the preproduction model of a carotid stenotic scan that will help a customer, CVR Medical Corp., launch its first product.
Plastics are being selected for the prototype of the screening device billed as next-generation technology to prevent strokes. Clinical trials are underway on the potentially groundbreaking tool that uses sound wave analysis — no dyes or radiation — to detect carotid arterial stenosis.
Components of the CVR device will be manufactured using injection molding and thermoforming, Ron Kurz, senior director and operations manager for CVI's medical business unit, said at Medical Design & Manufacturing West, held Feb. 6-8 in Anaheim.
Based in Newport News, Va., CVI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. Inc. It added molding capabilities to its medical quality management system in the last year. Presses include two 75-ton Sumitomos, one 50-ton Sumitomo and one 33-ton Milacron Roboshot. The division also has a mobile clean room and mobile injection unit for two-shot molding.
Widely known for making cameras and printers, Canon is focusing attention on its budding contract manufacturing services for the growing medical industry.
"We're engaging with customers, and we have several other projects in the works," Kurz said.
Medical device outsourcing was valued at $44.3 billion in 2016, and it is expected to increase at an annual rate of 9.5 percent and reach $83.9 billion by 2023, according to a global forecast by Allied Market Research.
The electronics segment held more than a two-fifths share of the total medical device outsourcing market in 2016, according to the Portland, Ore.-based firm's report.
CVI's partner CVR Medical, which is a joint venture with Denver, N.C.-based CVR Global Inc., is trying to commercialize proprietary subsonic, infrasonic and low-frequency sound wave analysis technology for a diagnostic device that measures carotid arterial stenosis, which is a leading stroke indicator.
"Canon was founded by a doctor, so our whole history from day one has been related to medicine and X-ray, but we weren't really, really strong," Kurz said.