Ten years ago, Tim Looney launched Northeast Biomedical out of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Medical Device Development Center (M2D2), ready to use his vast design and development experiences to consult for companies in need of that expertise. As NEB’s workload continued to grow, he hand-picked a group of engineers from the product design and development classes he taught, pulled in trusted past colleagues with complementary skill sets that would excel at delivering both exceptional work and excellent customer service. NEB features a select and versatile team of mechanical, biomedical, electrical engineers and material scientists with a wide range of experience and specialties, allowing for versatility and scalability of project team sizes for each phase of development. Our team of various engineers represents over 140 years of collective experience in the fields of research & development, medical device design, as well as contract manufacturing. The 10 year anniversary shows the determination of a team that has the passion to design groundbreaking medical devices and help the world be a better and healthier place.
“I wanted to start Northeast Biomedical because I have always been in search of better ways to do things.” says Tim Looney, President of Northeast Biomedical. “I had reached a point in my life where I wasn’t happy with the medical device product development services that were available. I knew that there was a better way to do it that focused the customer and more efficiently bringing products to market.”
Northeast Biomedical has grown significantly since 2011 and is now located in Tyngsboro, Mass. right outside the New Hampshire border. It has 15 employees and is currently going through a workspace expansion that will double its size. The expansion is set to be completed by November and the company is celebrating by hosting a grand re-opening and networking party on January 20 next year. Staying connected with clients and colleagues is important to NEB because superior customer service fosters trust. Trust is important in the medical device field because customers expect quality assurance through regulations and the precise documentation that comes along with the tedious development process.
“Our customers and colleagues are constantly inspiring our whole work team.” says Angela Valente, A NEB Product Development Engineer. “We take something away from every person we meet and each project we work on. I cannot wait to see where we are in another 10 years!”
In the past decade, Northeast Biomedical’s laboratory and machine equipment has grown to keep up with client demands and medical device development trends. The laboratory and manufacturing areas are equipped with a wide variety of tools. The model shop is extensively stocked and contains a variety of machine tools including a Prototrak CNC mill, lathe, saws, and a full stock of cutting tools, drills, mechanical hardware, and accessories. We combine our traditional manufacturing and prototyping techniques with several 3D printers and a supply of electronic development boards.
“Many of the projects that we work on are proprietary but there are a couple that stand out.” says Looney. “The first is one that we have all found interesting, it is creating a machine vision guided (AI) robot that is used to autonomously navigate compromised airways in emergency situations. It is still a prototype but we can see this really taking off. The other project types to mention are some of the advanced catheters that we have developed that integrate sensing and imaging technologies into traditional treatments that will provide the physicians with more information to improve patient outcomes.”
The achievements of this organization are the combined results of a superior work team that always has their eyes on success and an enthusiastic president that always lends a helping hand. NEB always had a long-term vision of growing into a bigger company with more capabilities and this 10th year anniversary marks that. Thank you for being part of our company’s success and we can’t wait to see you at our grand re-opening and networking party on January 20!