Biorep expands molding capacity, expanding metals' replacement


Riding growth rates of 30% a year, Biorep Technologies (Miami, FL) is adding injection molding capacity as it accelerates a plastics-for-metal strategy for its proprietary medical devices and instruments.

Biorep now operates three injection molding machines: two 110 Mitsubishis and one 15-ton Nissei. One of the Mitsubishis was purchased at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL. "We're evaluating the possibility of adding more injection molding machines, but we have not made a decision yet," Felipe Echeverri, engineering director for Biorep Technologies, told Plastics Today in an interview.

Biorep Technologies began operations in 1995 as an engineering partner with the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in Miami. Ramon Poo (pronounced Poe), a mechanical engineer who operates a plastic bottle business in Miami, started Biorep after his daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. Poo met with Dr. Camillo Ricordi, DRI's scientific director, and discovered an opportunity to design and manufacture equipment that would allow advanced-stage diabetics to receive transplants and live insulin-free. Projected production volumes for the equipment were too small to interest major medical device manufacturers.

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