Medical Device Contract Manufacturing with Noreen King

This week, host Rosemary Coates welcomes Noreen King of Evolve Manufacturing Technologies to the WAM podcast. Contract manufacturing is different from other types of manufacturing in that products are designed elsewhere, and then the contract manufacturers get the blueprints to assemble the goods. They have to source the parts and work with various partners to ensure compliance. Manufacturing medical devices is an even more stringent manufacturing process, and Noreen King, Evolve’s CEO is here to talk with us today on this topic. In this episode, Noreen gives us an overview of the company’s history and how they moved from the semiconductor space to medical devices. We learn more about what it takes to manufacture these devices. While most manufacturers are profit-driven and put pressure on the production process, manufacturing medical devices requires extreme discipline. Each material component has to be FDA approved, which means that no materials can be changed. With the stakes being so high, it is no wonder the standards are so strict. Noreen also talks about how Evolve’s equipment is being used in the COVID-19 crisis as well as the new self-testing kits they are producing. We learn more about labor expenses, how Evolve thrives in Silicon Valley, and much more. Tune in today!

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Meet Our Guest, Noreen King

A graduate of the University College Galway with a degree in industrial/product engineering, Noreen is an expert in the field of manufacturing technology. Her intellect and experience in every nuance in both the materials management and production sides of manufacturing allows her to take on the most challenging jobs for customers ranging from pre-FDA approval VC funded start-ups to established $5B businesses. She dedicates herself to continual learning, whether in new processes, state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, or learning about her customers. Her openness, honesty, humor and uncanny ability to understand people, their needs and goals make her a pleasure to partner with.

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Meet Your Host, Rosemary Coates

Rosemary Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She is a seasoned executive with an MBA, 25 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Systems Consulting. Prior to BSC, she was a Senior Director at SAP, the Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and at Answerthink, and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in China.