While some talk about building a wall, the medical technology industry is building an economic development bridge between the San Diego and Tijuana regions. Yesterday, the mayors of the two cities on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border visited two U.S.-owned factories producing medical equipment in Mexico.
Mayors Kevin Falconer and Jorge Astiazarán toured the plants of Welch Allyn, a maker of diagnostic equipment, and medtech heavyweight Medtronic, which makes insulin pumps, among other medical devices. The two factories employ nearly 5000 people, reports the Times of San Diego. The joint mayoral visit comes in advance of a conference next month in San Diego organized by Washington-based medical technology lobbying group AdvaMed.