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Congratulations Bioventus for being recognized as a SPARK Award 2023

Congratulations Bioventus on being recognized as a #SPARKAwards2023 honoree for your remarkable commitment to igniting change and positively impacting Greater Memphis.
December 12, 2023

ODT Forum 2024

The ODT Forum is a bi-annual event that focuses exclusively on the ever-evolving orthopedic device manufacturing industry.
March 22, 2024

Medical-Device Company Hosts First Patient Summit

Earlier this week, Reinhardt and four other patients with artificial ankles shared their experiences at a town-hall-style summit held at Stryker Corp.’s Arlington campus. The event featured an array of patients from Reinhardt to a local cyclist and former police-department leader who needed the procedure to continue exercising.
May 14, 2024

Engineered Medical Systems (EMS) of Bartlett, TN announces the asset purchase of Big River Engineering and Manufacturing, LLC

On November 20th EMS purchased the assets of Big River Engineering and Manufacturing. The purchase allows EMS to expand their customer base, manufacturing capacity and capability while enhancing EMS’ position as a leader in the Orthopedic instrument and implant manufacturing market.
November 22, 2023

The Greater Memphis Medical Device Council held a Leadership Update and Reception at Duck’s Unlimited in Memphis on August 22nd, 2023.

The Greater Memphis Medical Device Council held a Leadership Update and Reception at Duck’s Unlimited in Memphis on August 22nd, 2023.
September 6, 2023

PBC Biomed Sponsor GMMDC Leadership Update & Reception

Brittney Martinez, VP of Business Development and Marketing, is pictured speaking on PBC Biomed’s‘ Mission in Memphis’ at the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council (GMMDC) Leadership Update and Reception on August 22nd.
September 4, 2023

Greater Memphis Medical Device Council Welcomes Chris Locke as Executive Director

Locke holds a Master's Degree in health administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and a BA in psychology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
August 1, 2023

Ireland-based med tech firm selects Memphis for first U.S. Location

Ireland-based medical technology company PBC BioMed announced Friday, Feb. 10, it selected Memphis as the location for its first U.S. office.
February 27, 2023

18,000 jobs, $4 billion impact: A look at Memphis’ medical device manufacturing industry

While Memphis might be known as the logistics capital of the world, another sector has been providing thousands of jobs and billions in gross domestic product for the region: the medical device manufacturing industry.
September 27, 2022

Tennessee College of Applied Technology to open Bartlett facility

After more than two years of construction and pandemic-related delays, the new $17 million Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)-Memphis Bartlett campus will begin open enrollment on Jan. 4.
December 29, 2021

Bioventus to invest $9.1 million, create 40 new jobs in Shelby County

A global medical device manufacturer plans to invest $9.1 million and create 40 new jobs in Shelby County over the next five years.
November 23, 2021

Bartlett Chamber, GMMDC, Mayor McDonald Welcome SOMAVAC

In early August, SOMAVAC Medical Solutions received a patent for its continuous negative-pressure “smart” pump. It’s as flat as an iPhone and is worn, attached by a belt, under the clothes.
September 9, 2021

‘Smart’ pump latest medical device created in Memphis

To the long list of medical devices created in Memphis, add the battery-powered pump that discreetly drains surgical wounds without the age-old accoutrement, the rubber bulb.
August 27, 2021

Moore Tech Machining Program Update

The GMMDC reached out to Moore Tech for an update on their Machining program.
June 17, 2021

Bartlett High School and TCAT Bartlett Update

The GMMDC requested an update on Bartlett High School’s (BHS) new machine lab and TCAT Bartlett’s status. Clark Knight, BHS, was pleased to report the students are enjoying the new Machine lab.
June 3, 2021

STEMHUB at Arlington High School Tour

The GMMDC is pleased to report on the recent tour of the STEMHUB at Arlington High School.
April 19, 2021

Lean Six Sigma Dual Certification (Yellow/Green/Black) Belt Training

Lean Six Sigma Dual Certification (Yellow/Green/Black) Belt Training September 15 – December 8, 2020 (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm) Earn your Lean Six Sigma certification LOCALLY in just one night per week!
August 18, 2020

GMMDC’s First Apprenticeship Completed

The GMMDC is proud to announce that Bakari Pittman, a GMMDC Machinist Apprentice at MicroPort Medical, has completed his apprenticeship.
April 20, 2020

Medical device community says area needs to step up against growing competition

The Memphis area needs to take advantage of its strengths and address its shortcomings to avoid falling behind in the medical device industry, those attending a gathering this week agreed.
December 10, 2019

ASU Mid-South Manufacturing Day

ASU Mid-South is holding its Manufacturing Day event on October 24, a joint initiative of our Machining, Mechatronics, and Welding programs.
October 21, 2019


Over 500 high school students from Shelby County Schools to visit 15 industry companies Memphis, Tenn.
October 4, 2019

Grace Medical announces acquisition of EndoEar Endoscopic Instruments

MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 24, 2019 – Grace Medical, a leader in ear nose and throat surgical devices with a focus on otology, today announced it has acquired EndoEar Endoscopic Instruments, which feature simultaneous suction and dissection, along with varied geometries, to access and remove hard-to-reach disease in the middle ear.
September 30, 2019


Growing up Ian Alexander always wanted to be an engineer until he visited an engineering firm. “When I realized that engineers spent most of their days sitting at a desk, I knew that was not what I wanted to do with my life,” Alexander said.
September 10, 2019

Smith & Nephew training surgeons using VR, robotics — with an eye on China

One of Memphis’ largest employers and a Silicon Valley tech firm are teaming up to make a combination of robotics, product innovation, and VR training a reality for orthopedic surgeons — both here in Memphis and all over the world.
August 19, 2019

Solutions that Foster Productivity

GMMDC launches training sessions for area medical device companies. Coordinating a room full of 27 engineers from three major area medical device companies creates a whole new dimension to problem solving.
July 22, 2019

Memphis start-up receives FDA clearance for device using honey for wound care

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A brother-sister duo secured FDA clearance for a new medical device that uses honey for wound care.
June 17, 2019

Training new generation for $60,000 jobs starts with knowing what to teach

In Bartlett, Engineered Medical Systems is expanding. In the Shelby Oaks area, Onyx Medical is adding space. Over in Arlington, Wright Medical is doubling in size.
April 22, 2019

Wright Medical Announces Major Groundbreaking Event

Wright Medical is pleased to announce a major groundbreaking ceremony to be held on December 12th at 9:30am.
December 10, 2018

Local 24: Memphis Group Released Medical First Journal

Tuesday evening, the Greater Memphis Medical Device Council gathered to unveil its first publication, the GMMDC Journal, and Membership Directory.
November 11, 2018

New TCAT Campus to Address Workforce Development

GMMDC’s and TCAT’s ultimate goal is for existing Memphis-area companies to keep their production here. Smith was a member of a task force that met for more than two years in Bartlett to discuss solutions for local workforce development.
October 20, 2018

Onyx Medical to expand manufacturing facility

Onyx Medical this week applied for a building permit to start an $11 million expansion of its medical-device manufacturing facility in northeast Memphis.
September 19, 2018

Interview with Roland Rayner, president TCAT

Interview with Roland Rayner, president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), on the Earle Farrell Show, KWAM 990
September 5, 2018


The first GMMDC Reception to honor and celebrate medical device industry leaders and their associated contractors was held on June 20th at The Kitchen - Shelby Farms.
June 20, 2018

Department of Labor Approves Machinist Apprenticeship

The Greater Memphis Medical Device Council (GMMDC) is proud to announce the approval of the GMMDC Machinist Apprenticeship through the Department of Labor (DOL).
June 13, 2018

Memphis Looks to Medical Manufacturing to Cut Poverty

Poverty rates have dropped in Memphis, Tennessee, since the start of the decade, but it’s still one of the poorest large urban areas in the U.S.
June 11, 2018
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