The expansion of Mississauga-based Baylis Medical is an example of “homegrown successes that are creating jobs in Ontario,” says Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science
Not every opening of a new facility in Mississauga is attended by municipal and provincial government officials. But on January 22nd, several dignitaries from both levels of government were present at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new laboratory at Baylis Medical, located in the North East neighbourhood of Mississauga.
What made this occasion so important? The opening of this new state-of-the-art Baylis lab has both local and national ramifications.
Baylis Medical designs, manufactures and markets high-tech medical devices used in interventional cardiology, radiology and spinal procedures. In laymen terms, Baylis devices make it possible for doctors to perform surgery with minimal invasion—which means less trauma to the body, shorter recovery time, and reduced risk of contamination compared to traditional open surgery. And the upshot of all that is less distress for patients and lower health care costs due to shorter hospitalizations.
The extrusion of plastic tubes used in the company’s devices had been outsourced to a third party outside of Canada. But the new lab means that Baylis can bring medical plastics extrusion in-house, right here in Mississauga. The company has already hired additional technical staff to support lab operations and is expanding its workforce to support the production of new products and to reach new global markets.
“Bringing this capability in house means we can shorten our development cycle, better control our production process and greatly improve our product design process,” said Baylis Medical President Kris Shah. ”It shrinks our production time from about two months to less than 48 hours, which allows us to test even more design ideas, all while accelerating the production of both new and existing products.”
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Mississauga-Brampton South MPP Amrit Mangat and Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, attended the new lab’s opening. The Baylis expansion was supported by investments from the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic and Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund and the Ontario government through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund.
“Baylis Medical is another great example of why Ontario is, and will remain, a leader in the innovation and knowledge economy,” said Reza Moridi. “The Ontario government is proud to support homegrown successes that are creating jobs in Ontario and expanding sales abroad, particularly in the important field of medical devices, which help improve the quality of lives for patients here in Ontario and around the world.”