Edwards Lifesciences, a medical device manufacturer, announced that it would double the number of employees at its production facility in Draper, Utah. According to the Draper Journal, a local newspaper, Edwards Lifesciences plans to increase the number of employees at the facility from 500 to 1000.
The newly-created jobs comprise manufacturing, administration, financial and engineering roles. The decision to double the number of employees at its Utah plant is in direct response to a recent regulatory win for the company. In November of 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration granted approval for the company’s transcatheter aortic valve implantation system. To date, the device is the only one in its class that has been approved for sale in the United States.
Edwards Lifesciences was founded in 1958 by Miles Edwards and Dr. Albert Starr. Both men teamed up to develop a novel type of replacement heart valve. After 50 years, the company has grown to include a presence in over 100 countries. Edwards Lifesciences employs 7,800 people in different countries around the world. In addition to cardiovascular devices, the company also manufactures tools for critical care monitoring.
The company's chief scientific officer will deliver a keynote at the MD&M West tradeshow in Anaheim on February 12.