Groningen, The Netherlands, 3 March 2020 – Polyganics, a medical technology company developing, manufacturing and commercializing bioresorbable medical devices, announced the ground-breaking of a new facility at the Zernike Campus, Groningen. Polyganics aims to move into its new facility, which will house its headquarters, state-of-the-art research laboratories and expanded manufacturing and packaging facilities, in 2021.
The continued increase in demand for its ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) and PNR (Peripheral Nerve Repair) portfolio, together with the strong commercial launch of LIQOSEAL® and a highly promising growth outlook for various pipeline products, makes the move to a larger facility essential for Polyganics. This purpose-built facility will provide the space to ensure that the company can continue to develop and deliver a reliable supply of bioresorbable medical devices to its customers and remain at the forefront of research and manufacturing excellence.
Paul de Rook, vice mayor of the city Groningen commented: “As an innovative medical technology company with customers world-wide, Polyganics is an excellent example of a thriving Groningen University spin out with strong economic growth potential. I am pleased that a RIG subsidy (Regional Investment Aid Groningen) helped secure this investment, and supporting the company’s long term sustainable future in Groningen. It will not only create and safeguard a significant number of high-quality jobs but will also support the local economy through cooperation with various regional companies.”
Edward van der Meer, Director Campus Groningen remarked: “We are delighted to welcome Polyganics at Campus Groningen, location Zernike; the Northern Netherland’s driver of innovation. More than 4000 researchers, employees and a few hundred entrepreneurs work here on innovative solutions which are of importance to the future. Polyganics is a perfect fit within the focus of Campus Groningen on energy, chemistry, life sciences and big data. In addition, Polyganics will be able to benefit from the strong connections of Campus Groningen and its stakeholders such as the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and multiple Life-Science oriented firms located at this campus. Without doubt, Polyganics will provide a significant contribution to the exciting synergies that exist between residents of this campus.”
Rudy Mareel, CEO of Polyganics commented: “We are proud of our continuing successes in R&D, product development, manufacturing and commercialization, which are reflected in the need for increased capacity, that cannot be achieved at the current location. We are grateful to our partners, especially to the city and province of Groningen, who have supported this expansion. Ground-breaking of the new facility is another major milestone in our ultimate goal to transform patient recovery after surgical procedures.”
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Notes to editors
Polyganics is a medical technology company with multiple versatile polymer platforms. The company develops, manufactures and commercializes innovative bioresorbable medical devices that facilitate tissue repair and regeneration.
Polyganics’ portfolio comprises of products developed in-house and in collaboration with leading medical technology companies and academic centers of excellence. The portfolio includes marketed products in the fields of Peripheral Nerve Repair (PNR) and Neurosurgery: VIVOSORB®, for minimizing unwanted tissue adhesions after surgery; NEUROLAC®, for supporting PNR following hand surgery; NEUROCAP®, for the management of symptomatic neuromas; and LIQOSEAL®, a dura sealant patch for the effective control of cerebrospinal fluid leakage. Products in development include a Liver and Pancreas Sealant Patch in the field of General Surgery.
In 2014, Polyganics sold its Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) surgery business unit (the NASOPORE® product family including HEMOPORE®, SINUPORE® and OTOPORE® and NASOPORE-FD®) to Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Polyganics continues to manufacture the NASOPORE® product range for Stryker.
Polyganics is a privately held company based in Groningen, The Netherlands, a center of biomedical engineering excellence, where it has an ISO 13485-certified manufacturing facility. The company’s polymer platform technologies are protected by a broad portfolio of patents and its products have received clearance from the US FDA, CE-approval, and approval from CFDA and other international authorities. To date, Polyganics has produced and delivered more than 5 million devices.