Baja California prepares for medical manufacturing

In order to satisfy the labor needs of the strategic economic sectors and make the necessary adaptations and changes to form the profiles in educational institutions, a workgroup for the medical device industry was held between the Tijuana Development Council ( CDT) and the Export Industry Association (Index).

According to Dulce Rodríguez, director of Innovation and Technology of the Baja California Ministry of Economy and Innovation, the meeting was part of the follow-up to the triple helix alliance called by the state government.

“We seek to establish action plans to better align training and identify the abilities and skills that students must have, to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the new trends in industrial development,”

said Rodríguez.

She added that among the actions can be found continuous education, teaching, and curricular updating, the dual program that allows work and study, and the possibility of sharing infrastructure.

The meeting was attended by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology (FCITEC) of the UABC; the Center for Research and Development of Digital Technology (CITEDI) of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN); the Technological Institute of Tijuana (ITT); the Tijuana Iberoamerican University; the Technological University of Tijuana (UTT); the CICESE and the Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology of the UNAM, among others.

Each institution presented its capacities related to the sector, the enrollment of students and graduates, the teachers specialized in the career, and its infrastructure, which include laboratories, service offerings, projects, and success stories.

In this sense, Socorro Macías, president of the Baja Medical Device Cluster , as well as representatives of the companies Outset Medical, Stryker, Ensambles de Calidad and Formula Plastics, also participated in the meeting and presented their needs for talent and specific skills in the profiles of jobs and problems detected.

It should be noted that in Baja California the medical device industry includes design, assembly, manufacturing, sterilization, and other processes. Likewise, there are more than 80 established transnational companies that generate more than 80,000 direct jobs for professionals in the sector.