MASSDEVICE ON CALL — There were gains and losses reported this week for the global medical device workforce, with unrelated announcements from Arizona and Ireland.
Flagstaff, Ariz.-based Machine Solutions said that it cut about 20 workers, citing a "challenging business environment" and sluggish sales for its catheter business.
Cuts included all facets of the company’s workforce, including managers, engineers and assembly workers, , the Arizona Daily Sun reported.
Meanwhile in Ireland respiratory devices maker Aerogen announced that it’s bringing about 15 new jobs to Galway Business Park in Dangan, according to Galway Bay FM. The positions will become active at the start of next year.
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Lawmakers take issue with Obamacare site’s data collection
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Medtronic’s Canada office remains among top employers in the nation
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What social media can teach us about hospital infections
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