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Resonetics expands laser cutting capability with Aduro acquisition

29 Aug 2017

New purpose-built facility for laser processing of medical devices set to open in December.

Nashua-based laser micromachining company Resonetics is expanding its capability in medical device production with the acquisition of California’s Aduro Laser.

Headquartered in Davis, near Sacramento, Aduro is described as an emerging leader in laser processing of tubular components for medical applications, with a business model that emphasizes speed and promises to shorten lead times “dramatically”.

It manufactures a wide variety of medical devices, including neurovascular and cardiovascular stents and catheters, heart valve components, intravascular imaging devices and more – and claims to offer the fastest laser cutting speeds in the industry.

Resonetics plans to market that service capability as “Prime Laser Cut tubing”, for quick-turn and high-volume laser cut tubing used extensively in catheter delivery systems, implants fabricated from the heat-sensitive biomaterial nitinol, and single-use instruments.

The move follows Resonetics’ late-2015 acquisition of the Mound Laser and Photonics Center in Ohio, which offered laser micromachining services – including femtosecond pulse technology – for micromachining of various kinds of stents and implants.

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Resonetics CEO Tom Burns said of the Aduro deal: “We are very excited to partner with Grayson Beck and Demian Backs, who have created raving fans with Aduro’s disruptive business model. We share a similar culture with an emphasis on innovation, speed and customer satisfaction.

“Prime Laser Cut tubing is already being adopted by leading companies in structural heart, peripheral vascular and minimally invasive surgery markets. Resonetics will expand capacity with a new facility, additional equipment and more engineering resources to keep lead times the best in the industry.”

Aduro CEO and co-founder Beck added: “After more than 45 years of laser manufacturing and machine building experience, Demian and I knew we wanted to create something different.

“We created a synchronized, real-time, paperless manufacturing data-system that manages large amounts of digital information, streamlining the manufacturing process and enabling the fundamental integration of artificial intelligence. Joining forces with Resonetics provides additional resources and synergies to provide solutions to our customers on a larger scale.”

The acquisition will see Aduro change its name to Resonetics, with Beck and Backs taking on key leadership roles as part of the combined entity.

Founded back in 1987, Resonetics already boasts some 75 laser systems, located across its five clean rooms and four “Lightspeed” application development laboratories.

“Since starting, we have invested heavily in leading-edge technology and developing laser experts,” claims the company, which offers a wide spectrum of services based around femtosecond, picosecond, excimer, DPSS, and carbon dioxide laser sources.

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