ANKENY — Long known for its temperate climate, breath-taking scenery and friendly, educated population, Costa Rica is also making a name for itself as an upcoming player in the medical devices field — and that’s reason enough for Accumold to participate in Life Sciences Forum Costa Rica 2014.

“Costa Rica has been a tourist favorite for years and now it’s the second-largest medical device exporter in Latin America and growing. More than 250 high-tech multi-national companies, including 51 medical devices firms, are already operating in a country smaller than West Virginia — and more are taking a good, long look at coming in,” said Aaron Johnson, Accumold marketing director. “All that adds up to a forum being held in one of the hottest business spots in Latin America and a compelling reason for us to be there, too.”

Costa Rica’s precision and medical equipment manufacturers have achieved a compound annual growth rate of 22 percent since 1998, reaching $1.5 billion in 2012.

The highly specialized Life Sciences Forum, set for April 7-9 in the capital city of San Jose, is not only an arena for knowledge sharing and discussions but also will “serve as a meeting point for new business ventures; making this event the most effective vehicle to network, share information, learn, discuss and more importantly, generate business,” according the organizers.

The event will include visits to facilities of medical device companies who have established operations in the country.

“The agenda is focused on industry innovation and key trends in a wide array of life sciences specialties, including the orthopedic, cardiovascular, neurovascular, endoscopic, aesthetics, sports medicine, ENT, dental, urology, women´s health, and ophthalmology sub sectors,” Johnson said. “Those are disciplines that are in Accumold’s wheelhouse and we certainly look forward to being in San Jose when they gather.”

Since its inception in 1985, Accumold’s mission has been the production of super-micro, ultra-precision, plastic injection-molded parts. Parts manufactured by the firm are critical components of the medical, automotive, military, aerospace and telecommunications industries. They can be found in micro-electronics, cell phones, telecommunications, surgical tools, hearing aids, medical devices, antennas, connectors and more. To produce those parts, Accumold builds specialized molding machines engineered to handle volumes from prototypes to millions per year while maintaining consistent, precise tolerances that are unique in the industry.

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