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Polymers and elastomers
Wheelchair cushion range pioneers new foam technology
Polymers and elastomers : 19 July, 2013
Ottobock is launching two new ranges of cushions for use with wheelchairs.
 
Orthobiologic polymer resists biofilm formation
Polymers and elastomers : 31 May, 2013
DiFusion completes a series of in vitro tests and an in vivo study, carried out in part at Clemson University, to validate the efficacy of the company's new orthobiologic polymer - CleanFuze.
 
PEEK-based spinal implant receives FDA 510(k) approval
Polymers and elastomers : 16 May, 2013
Xiphos ALIF, a VESTAKEEP PEEK-based (polyetheretherketone) spinal implant developed by DiFusion Technologies, receives the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 510(k) approval for use in Interbody Fusion Devices (IBF) devices.
 
DiFusion partners Evonik to develop medical polymer that resists infection
Polymers and elastomers : 25 October, 2012
DiFusion Technologies is working together with Germany-based specialty chemicals company Evonik Degussa to develop a PEEK based product called CleanFUZE, a new medical polymer that prevents infection and promotes bone and tissue integration.
 
Innovative device prevents stone migration in urologic procedures
Polymers and elastomers : 04 April, 2012
Boston Scientific is launching the company's BackStop Gel, a new technology designed to prevent stone migration during procedures used to break up and retrieve urinary stones.
 
First human implants of Biotectix's BT DOT coated electrodes
Polymers and elastomers : 20 January, 2012
Biotectix, an Allied Minds subsidiary, completes the first-in-human (FIH) use of an electrostimulation device incorporating its BT DOT conductive polymer coating technology.
 
Bluestar Silicones unveils innovative silicone foams
Polymers and elastomers : 22 November, 2011
Bluestar Silicones is launching a new technology, SILBIONE RT Foams, which are liquid materials enabling the production of silicones foams, with low density (from 0.18 to 0.25) and open cells.
 
NuSil unveils two new thermally conductive healthcare silicone elastomers
Polymers and elastomers : 06 April, 2011
NuSil Technology is introducing two thermally conductive healthcare silicone elastomers which can be used as a cure-in-place adhesive or potting compound between electrical and electronic components and heat sinks as part of a thermal management regime to keep medical devices operating at optimal levels.
 
Plastics Selection Guide helps researchers optimise PCR performance
Polymers and elastomers : 14 April, 2010
Thermo Fisher Scientific releases its new reference tool which allows quick and easy selection of the most appropriate plastics for specific applications, from standard PCR and qPCR to high-throughput, automated processes and sample storage.
 
Medical device materials to be launched at Medtec Ireland
Polymers and elastomers : 21 September, 2009
AdvanSource is attending the Medtec Ireland Design and Manufacturing Exhibition demonstrating the latest development in polymer materials for the medical device industry
 
High molecular weight polyethylene for improved hip and knee implants
Polymers and elastomers : 18 September, 2009
DSM Biomedical has developed a new polymer platform for orthopaedic implants providing improved mechanical properties
 
Gel-like ultra soft elastomer
Polymers and elastomers : 02 September, 2009
Soft and flexible elastomer is ideal for moulding for various applications in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – POLYMER TECHNOLOGY
Polymers and elastomers : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – Creganna, a leader in design and manufacturing solutions for minimally and less invasive therapies, introduced an advanced, biocompatible electroactive polymer (EAP) called MicroMuscle at Medtec Europe 2009 in Stuttgart earlier this month.
 
MEDICAL DEVICE TECHNOL0GY – NEW MATERIALS
Polymers and elastomers : 31 March, 2009
FOCUS ZONE REPORT – At Medtec UK 2009 Eastman Chemical demonstrates a new family of medical-grade clear polymers that deliver a balance of design, moulding and end-product properties for medical devices.
 
SABIC helps PWB Health optimise performance of breast tissue examination device
Polymers and elastomers : 10 March, 2009
PWB Health from Dumbarton, Scotland has introduced the award-winning Breastlight, a home-use device that makes it easier to perform self-examinations by literally shining a light on breast tissue to illuminate internal changes.
 
New film-forming system offers passivation of medical device surfaces
Polymers and elastomers : 25 February, 2009
Particle Sciences has announced the development of a film-forming system with applications ranging from tissue hydration to the passivation of medical device surfaces.
 
Creganna acquires Micromuscle advanced, biocompatible electroactive polymer
Polymers and elastomers : 12 February, 2009
The technology and patents of Micromuscle, Linkoping, Sweden has been acquired by Creganna.
 
Polyolefins supplier sets up global business to support healthcare applications
Polymers and elastomers : 06 February, 2009
LyondellBasell Industries is the first polyolefins supplier worldwide to establish a global business team exclusively dedicated to address the specialised needs of healthcare applications.
 
Thermoplastic sheets provides protection for CT scanners
Polymers and elastomers : 11 September, 2008
SABIC Innovative Plastics’ thermoformed Cycoloy sheet is being used to provide thin-wall exterior panels in GE Healthcare’s BrightSpeed and BrightSpeed Select series of smaller computed tomography (CT) scanners.
 
Bluestar Silicones explores performance features silicone elastomer gels
Polymers and elastomers : 14 August, 2008
Dr Remi Thiria, Bluestar Silicones R and D team leader, is to make a presentation at the Medical Grade Polymers Conference that takes place in Philadelphia, USA from September 16 to 17, 2008 on a subject entitled: ′Silicone Elastomer Gels: New Soft Adhesives for Wound Care’.
 
Sterilin releases new Silicone Device products catalogue
Polymers and elastomers : 16 July, 2008
Sterilin has released its updated and rebranded 30 page catalogue featuring the company’s range of Silicone Device products.
 
SABIC's materials expertise helps Biorep isolate insulin-producing cells faster
Polymers and elastomers : 08 July, 2008
Biorep Technologies, a device manufacturer specialising in tools used in diabetes research and treatment, has turned to SABIC Innovative Plastics’ healthcare resin portfolio as it developed a new system for isolating insulin-producing cells faster and more efficiently.
 
New resorbing polymer targets superficial wound closure applications
Polymers and elastomers : 16 June, 2008
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals has launched Quill SRS Monoderm, which is a rapidly resorbing polymer intended primarily for superficial wound closure applications and indicated for soft tissue approximation where use of an absorbable suture is appropriate.
 
Coradyn Biosystems licenses conductive polymer technology for sensor devices
Polymers and elastomers : 05 June, 2008
Coradyn Biosystems, a smart sensor materials company, has licensed a responsive, conductive polymer technology from the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Sterilin forms independent business to supply single use laboratory plastics
Polymers and elastomers : 04 June, 2008
Sterilin is a newly formed independent business, specialising in the manufacture of single use laboratory plastics and was formerly part of Barloworld Scientific.
 
Intradigm's RNAi Nanoplex technology helps combat tumour growth
Polymers and elastomers : 15 April, 2008
Intradigm has released study results that demonstrate the company's RNAi Nanoplex (NPX) delivery technology platform is capable of effectively delivering small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting both vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) pathways.
 
Intradigm licenses key RNAi Intellectual Property from University of Massachusetts Medical School
Polymers and elastomers : 10 April, 2008
Intradigm has licensed key intellectual property (IP) that covers certain efficacy-enhancing structural elements of small interfering RNA (siRNA) from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
 
Bluestar releases trio of new soft, durable liquid silicone rubbers for healthcare
Polymers and elastomers : 08 April, 2008
Bluestar Silicones has introduced a new range of Silbione brand soft liquid silicone rubber (LSR) products for the healthcare market that provide a combination of strong physical properties and trouble-free processing at 05-, 10- and 25-ShoreA durometers
 
Smith & Nephew reveals new material combination engineered to improve knee implant performance
Polymers and elastomers : 05 March, 2008
Smith & Nephew’s Orthopaedic Reconstruction business has introduced Verilast Technology, which is an optimised material combination engineered specifically to improve knee implant performance and durability.
 
PolyTherics enters into research collaboration agreement Celtic Pharma
Polymers and elastomers : 27 February, 2008
PolyTherics, a biopharmaceutical spin-out company from Imperial College London and the London School of Pharmacy, has entered into a broad research collaboration agreement with Celtic Pharma Development Services Bermuda, a subsidiary of Celtic Pharmaceutical, a global private equity investment fund focused on the biopharma industry.
 
SABIC Innovative Plastics provides EMI/RFI shielding for Multigon’s Transcranial Doppler device
Polymers and elastomers : 27 February, 2008
SABIC Innovative Plastics' LNP Faradex compound has been used to provide EMI/RFI shielding for Multigon Industries’ new portable Transcranial Doppler (TCD) device that provides a new way to detect unseen, yet traumatic, brain injuries in the field.
 
Lexan polycarbonate resin helps Renal Solutions' blood pump to improve patient care
Polymers and elastomers : 19 February, 2008
A haemodialysis blood pump from Renal Solutions featuring SABIC Innovative Plastics' advanced haemocompatibility polycarbonate (PC) resin, is helping meet demands for new and innovative healthcare devices.
 
New consortium receives grant funding to accelerate development of a new anaemia treatment
Polymers and elastomers : 13 February, 2008
A consortium comprising GlycoForm, PolyTherics and Aston University have been awarded grants totalling £685,000 from the Technology Strategy Board and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
 
New polymer material stops bone bleeding and reduced surgical infection risks
Polymers and elastomers : 06 February, 2008
Ostene, a new polymer material developed by Ceremed to stop bone bleeding in surgery has been shown to reduce the risk of surgical infection according to a new research study.
 
Intradigm licenses nucleic acid delivery technology patent from MIT
Polymers and elastomers : 31 January, 2008
Intradigm has licensed a key patent related to nucleic acid delivery technologies in RNAi drug development sector from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
 
Aporo signs global licensing agreement with mnemoscience for biodegradable shape memory polymers
Polymers and elastomers : 31 January, 2008
Aporo Biomedical has signed an exclusive global licensing agreement with mnemoscience of Aachen, Germany for the German company’s proprietary biodegradable shape memory polymers (BIO-SMP).
 
CeloNova unveils study results for new class of coronary stent
Polymers and elastomers : 21 January, 2008
CeloNova BioSciences has revealed breakthrough results from the Atlanta study of the Catania Coronary Stent System with NanoThin Polyzene-F at the 20th Annual International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET).
 
Angiotech and Symphony Medical reach biomaterials agreement
Polymers and elastomers : 21 January, 2008
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals and Symphony Medical have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to employ one of Angiotech's proprietary PEG-based biomaterials as part of a prophylactic therapy that mitigates the onset of post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting and cardiac valve surgeries.
 
Microspheres show positive results for uterine fibroid treatment
Polymers and elastomers : 21 January, 2008
CeloNova BioSciences has released data from an 11 centre, eight country European study of uterine fibroid embolisation using the company's Embozene Microspheres.
 
Survey shows joint replacement patients are younger and heavier
Polymers and elastomers : 05 December, 2007
Today’s joint replacement patients are younger, heavier and expect more – say surgeons in a survey, commissioned by orthopaedic specialist Stryker, which was designed to gauge the changing needs of patients.
 
New vitamin E enhanced polymer extends orthopaedic implant lifetimes
Polymers and elastomers : 29 October, 2007
Two new grades of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) that contain vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) have been developed by Ticona.
 
Stryker launches new wear-resistant bearing material for hip and knee replacements
Polymers and elastomers : 24 September, 2007
Stryker's new X3 wear-resistant bearing joint replacement material has been developed to increase the life of hip and knee replacements.
 
CardioTech files US for new medical grade antimicrobial polymer
Polymers and elastomers : 20 June, 2007
CardioTech International has filed for a US patent on its proprietary antimicrobial formulation of ChronoFlex medical grade polymer and its fabrication method.
 
Pioneer Surgical Technology acquires Encelle to enter orthobiologics market
Polymers and elastomers : 05 June, 2007
Pioneer Surgical Technology has acquired Encelle, a developer of novel products for tissue regeneration including E-Matrix, a sterile, injectable biopolymer designed to repair or regenerate diseased or damaged tissue.
 
Resins from GE Plastics overcome material challenges of powered medical devices
Polymers and elastomers : 04 June, 2007
A broad portfolio of materials that address the leading trends in powered medical devices is being offered by GE Plastics.
 
Solvay launches new series of ultra-performance polymers
Polymers and elastomers : 08 May, 2007
Solvay Advanced Polymers has unveiled of a series of high temperature, wear-resistant plastics.
 
 
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