Dominican Republic
INTEC, ADOZONA and CNZFE will promote training for the Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals industry in DR
6 / April / 2017

The university announced the opening of four electives, specially designed for this subsector; And the opening of a bachelor's degree and masters with double degree

SANTO DOMINGO. The Medical Devices Cluster of the Dominican Association of Free Zones (ADOZONA), with the support of the National Council of Free Export Zones (CNZFE) and the Santo Domingo Technological Institute (INTEC) announced that they will train human resources to improve competitiveness of the Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals industry, one of the main export lines of the country.

In that sense, they presented the new elective subjects that will be integrated into INTEC's Industrial Engineering career program, while contemplating the opening of a medical degree in medium and long term, as well as master's degrees with double degree in that subsector.

The subjects that integrate to the Industrial Engineering career as of May, as part of an academic concentration in Medical Devices, are: Metrology, Regulations and Standards of the Medical and Pharmaceutical Devices Industry, Products, Processes and Equipment Validation, Lean Manufacturing. These will also open to other careers in the area.

The main objective of this university-industry relationship is to develop human resources with the preparation and skills to sustain the growth achieved by the medical sector sub-sector, and to continue to increase its integration and participation in the global value chain.

The presentation of the new subjects, which took place in the Julio Ravelo Room of INTEC, was chaired by Rolando Guzmán, Rector of INTEC; José Manuel Torres, Executive Vice President of ADOZONA and Luisa Fernández, Executive Director of the National Council of Free Zones, as well as government and private sector authorities and representatives of the academy. The presence of managers of more than 15 multinational companies in the sector of medical devices that make up the cluster was highlighted; Teachers and students of engineering degrees at INTEC, among others.

The medical device industry is one of the largest in the health sector. Currently it exports US $ 1,498 MM, with a cumulative Investment of US $ 995.6 MM, generating to date 21,674 Dominican jobs, many of which enjoy highly competitive remuneration. The companies that are part of it, manufacture a wide variety of medical supplies and equipment, medical and surgical instruments, dental equipment, appliances and others.

The manufacturing of medical and pharmaceutical devices in free zones, in terms of exports, productive linkages with local industry and technology transfer, is one of the country's most dynamic and growth potential subsectors. This sector is made up of 28 companies, most of them foreign capital, among which are: Edwards, Bbraun, Cardinal Health, Convatec, Accumed, Fenwal, Ecolab, Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, Carefusion, Remmed, Medtronic International among others.

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