As part of the Phoenix-Mesa metro area, Mesa is a premier location for medical device design and manufacturing. Learn why three medical device companies choose Mesa.
Why Mesa - Dexcom, Inc.
“We are thrilled to locate our new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Greater Phoenix area where the healthcare industry is seeing accelerated growth. We chose Mesa due to the available, talented workforce, in addition to the proximity to our headquarters in San Diego and our key suppliers. Given our company’s growth, and the growing demand for CGM technology, we felt that a significant expansion of our manufacturing capability in this location was a good strategic fit.”
Kevin Sayer - President and CEO, Dexcom, Inc.
Why Mesa - Ulthera
Why Mesa - Auer Precision
Healthcare hub of the Phoenix-Mesa metro area
- 13 hospitals in Mesa with nearly 2,000 beds.
- More than 10,000 physicians and surgeons in the Phoenix-Mesa metro area.
- More than 25 medical device-related companies located in Mesa including manufacturers of imaging tools, ophthalmic instruments, ultrasound equipment, dental products/devices and infusion, and infusion pump devices.
Educated and affordable talent
- In the metro area, 86,000+ educated workers in occupations that can be directly applied to the medical device industry.
- Higher education institutions in Mesa offer biologic and biomedical sciences, engineering and related technologies, physical sciences, precision production and science technologies.
- East Valley Institute of Technology and other schools work with businesses providing unique, state-of-the-art training.
COST OF DOING BUSINESS
- Operating costs up to 40% lower than California
- Low total payroll costs, including some of the lowest workers compensation and unemployment insurance in the country
- No sales tax on manufacturing equipment
- No inventory tax
- 80% sales factor for corporate income tax, ramping up to 100% option
- Right-to-Work state
- Low unionization
- Minimal regulation
FALCON TECH CENTER
Mesa’s Falcon Tech Center is the premier location in the Southwest for emerging and established medical device companies.
- 63+ acres of city-owned land
- 40 year or longer lease terms available
- Adjacent to a general aviation airport providing easy access for corporate aircraft
- Robust infrastructure
- Easy access to Arizona freeways 101, 202, and I-10
- Minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Uniquely designed for med device and biotech companies
IN GOOD COMPANY
Mesa is home to more than 25 emerging and long-established medical device-related companies.
Dexcom, Inc., a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes, will construct a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona for the company’s growing CGM business. The new, 180,000 sq. ft. facility will support the company’s global manufacturing operations and create more than 500 jobs. Operations at this facility will begin second quarter of 2017. With the recent introduction of the Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM System, which will be produced at the facility, people with diabetes can now view their glucose information on their iOS-enabled devices for real-time diabetes management. www.dexcom.com
Ulthera, Inc. is a high-growth medical technology company with multiple applications in aesthetics and medical dermatology worldwide. The Ulthera System, a revolutionary therapeutic ultrasound technology, is the first and only energy-based device to receive FDA clearance for non-invasive aesthetic lift indications. www.ultherapy.com
PoppyPocket makes an infusion pump transport and holding system that is discrete, body contouring, secure, comfortable, portable, and wearable for everyday life. It allows the wearer to engage in normal daily activity. PoppyPocket recently partnered with Infusystem to make it available to over 1,300 oncology practices nationwide to distribute this groundbreaking product. www.poppypocket.net
Guided Therapy Systems (GTS) develops and manufactures ultrasound technologies that diagnose and treat disease, heal injury and create a revitalized appearance. GTS has more than 150 patents issued, published, and pending in support of their imaging and intense therapeutic ultrasound technologies. www.guidedtherapy.com
The Banner Simulation Center, at 55,000 sq. ft., is one of the largest centers of its kind in the world. The Simulation Center in Mesa is the nation’s first complete-care simulation hospital and a major component of how Banner is transforming healthcare delivery through simulation, learning and research. Banner works regularly with medical device design and manufacturing for research and testing capabilities in a simulation environment saving companies time and money, and minimizing risk. www.bannerhealth.com
Auer Precision manufactures high precision products such as diagnostic test strips for diabetes/prothrombin, components for non-invasive thoracic surgery, media handling for genomic assay and high precision components for ultra-sensitive mass spectrometry quadra-pole assemblies. www.auerprecision.com
EyeTech Digital Systems, founded in 1996, is an industry leader in eye tracking technology. EyeTech creates, designs, develops and markets eye tracking algorithms, software, and hardware. EyeTech’s embedded smart tracker technology powers assistive technology, research, and various embedded OEM applications. EyeTech’s technology is being used in cutting edge medical studies and research including diagnostics to detect neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s. Another application currently being tested is the use of EyeTech’s eye tracking technology to determine drug impairment. www.eyetechds.com
Ardent Sound researches, develops and manufactures diagnostic ultrasound imaging products and technologies. www.ardentsound.com
Paragon Vision Sciences manufactures the Paragon CRT orthokeratology contact lenses. Paragon was the first company to introduce oxygen permeable contact lens materials to independent laboratories in the United States. www.paragonvision.com
H&S Technical Services specializes in manufacturing and servicing circuit card assemblies and system modules for dialysis machines. It also provides NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) traceable conductivity, TDS and pH solutions, and is an exclusive distributor for SOFIA-Biomedical CMMS software. www.hstsvc.com
Out-Front develops and markets state-of-the-art wheel chairs and wheel chair components. www.out-front.com
The Eye Concern, Inc. creates custom ocular prosthetics. www.eyeconcern.com
Abundant Workforce, Competitive Wages
Mesa, as part of the Phoenix-Mesa metro area, has access to a labor pool of almost 2 million people. The labor force is projected to increase 85% over the next two decades compared with a national growth estimate of just 20%.*
| Medical Device Occupations in Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area
(Number of Employees)
|General and Operations Manager (11-1021)||32,010|
|Software Developers, Applications (15-1132)||11,915|
|Software Developers, Systems Software (15-1133)||8,052|
|Biomedical Engineers (17-2031)||360|
|Computer Hardware Engineers (17-2061)||566|
| Industrial Engineers (17-2112)
|Industrial Engineering Technicians (17-3026)||1,697|
| First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating
|Team Assemblers (51-2092)||7,012|
|Assemblers and Fabricators, All Others (51-2099)||4,495|
| Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters,
Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic (51-4072)
| Inspectors, Testors, Sorters, Samplers, and
|Medical Appliance Technicians (51-9082)||143|
| Source: Greater Phoenix Economic Council, JobsEQ
Note: Figures may not sum due to rounding. Employment data as of Q4, 2017