Expands existing line of fluid handling products for the pharmaceutical and bioprocessing industry

Helix Medical, LLC, a Freudenberg company and global manufacturer for the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, announces that it has acquired the silicone tubing product line of W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore).  Effective immediately, Helix Medical will supply Gore’s existing pharmaceutical and biotech customers with GORE® Silicone Tubing and GORE® Reinforced Silicone Hose for fluid transfer and peristaltic pump operations.

“This acquisition is a strategic expansion of our successful HelixMark® silicone tubing product line,” said Dr. Mark Ostwald, Vice President and General Manager of Helix Medical.  “With the tubing from Gore we will expand our portfolioof silicone tubing with raw material specifically formulated to meet the needs of pharmaceutical and biotechnology processes.

“Gore decided to sell the product line to Helix Medical as they have been a long-time production partner to Gore in silicone tubing,” said Tony Smiley, business leader at Gore.  “Gore will continue to serve the global pharmaceutical and biotech industry with other high performance, technology-driven products while at the same time continuing to supply our customers with the utmost in quality and value.”

Helix Medical will market the silicone tubing line from Gore under the PharmaFocus® Premiumbrand.  All products, customer relations, and well established part numbers will remain unchanged.  As a hallmark supplier of silicone products for over 30 years, Helix Medical is proud to be able to continue to serve Gore’s customers with high quality silicone products and a wide range of custom packaging and spooling services.

About Helix Medical, LLC
Helix Medical, a Freudenbergcompany, is a global custom manufacturer for the medical device and pharmaceutical industry with ten manufacturing operations worldwide. Medical manufacturing capabilities include design and development, molding and extrusion, complex catheter systems, assembly, packaging, and engineering services. Helix Medical also manufactures the HelixMark® line of platinum-cured silicone tubing and fluid handling components for the pharmaceutical and bioprocessing market.www.helixmedical.com

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Gore is a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for electronics, industrial, consumer, pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.  For more information about W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and Gore products, visit www.gore.com.

GORE® is a trademark of W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.