Results of semi-structured interviews revealed three common themes:
- Nearly all aspects of medical device development and supply are conducted throughout the region
- Few manufacturers are aware of the activities of others, and therefore are likely missing potential synergies and economies of scale
- Workforce shortages and access to capital represent major barriers to sustainable growth
From the results of this report, Region Nine believes South Central Minnesota is poised for growth in the medical device manufacturing sector, particularly in the components and services areas.