Border Manufacturers Increase Focus On Medical Devices During Pandemic

Personal protective equipment and ventilators are among the products being developed by companies along the border.

By Angela KorchegaApril 16, 2020 10:00 am, ,

From El Paso Matters:

Border manufacturers are teaming up in an unusual race to provide life-saving medical supplies and devices during the COVID-19 crisis. The timing couldn’t be more critical.

“Our message is simple,” said Cecilia Levine, founder of the non-profit U.S. Mexico Canada Strategic Alliance, “We are one North American region. We are part of the solution to a problem that has turned our world upside down.”

The framework to collaborate is already in place. The El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region is home to 32 companies making medical devices, 50 suppliers and a workforce of about 40,000 people.

“We had no idea that the efforts that we’d be engaging in would be so critical to the crisis we’re experiencing right now,” said Emma Schwartz, president of the Medical Center of the America Foundation.

The nonprofit organization based in El Paso fosters collaboration and innovation among the thriving cluster of medical manufacturers and suppliers on both sides of the border. And the binational effort has become a bright spot during the pandemic.


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