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By Leisa Zigman

St. Louis (KSDK) - Chances are you've never heard of Mobius in St. Louis or Synergetics in O'Fallon, Missouri.

Both companies are at the center of a high tech manufacturing industry that could help drive the region's economic engine back to prosperity.

Synergetics employs about 300 people at its global headquarters in O'Fallon. They make more than 600 different hand held surgical instruments used in retina and neurological surgeries.

Synergetics was part of major announcement Thursday at the Center for Emerging Technologies in the City of St. Louis.

Ed Timm, President of Mobius Therapeutics, announced not only FDA approval of a glaucoma drug, but that his company would have it manufactured in the St. Louis area.

"This region is the cradle of the industry in terms of micro-surgical device manufacturing. Bausch and Lomb, they make all of their surgical devices here in St. Louis. You've heard of robotic surgery? All of those instruments are made here," said Timm.

Synergetics and Mobius will hire about ten additional people to helpmanufacture and distribute the glaucoma kits. These high tech manufacturing jobs pay anywhere from $10 to $30 an hour, depending on the skill level.

While there are not a lot of new jobs with this announcement, both St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley praised the companies and called them great examples of a growing local industry.

For more information on the manufacturing at Synergetics call 636-939-5100.

For more information regarding Mobius call 314-615-6930.

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