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Bioresorbable film receives US FDA pre-market approval for paediatric cardiac surgery
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 10 March, 2009
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pre-market Approval (PMA) application for SyntheMed’s REPEL-CV Adhesion Barrier for use in paediatric cardiac surgery patients.
 
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.
 
Study spotlights the osteoconductive properties of Trabecular Metal Technology
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 26 February, 2009
Data has been released from an independent 10-year comparative clinical study that demonstrates the osteoconductive properties of Zimmer's Trabecular Metal Technology.
 
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.
 
IlluminOss Medical receives ISO 13485 Certificate of Registration
Bone substitute materials : 24 February, 2009
IlluminOss Medical, a medical device company developing the innovative IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System for orthopaedic surgery, has received an ISO 13485 Certificate of Registration issued by BSI (British Standards Institute).
 
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.
 
Multilayer, coextruded film targets medical device applications
Films : 06 February, 2009
Amcor Flexibles has introduced CP Film, a peelable ionomer-based forming film utilising a peelable resin blend to provide seal integrity and a clean peel to uncoated Tyvek.
 
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.
 
Trio of silicone gel adhesives offer innovative skin contact solutions
Adhesives : 04 February, 2009
Polymer Science is introducing a new range of silicone gel adhesives that are designed to meet the demands of the medical market for innovative skin contact applications.
 
CPC Scientific to offer Sigma-Aldrich's PEPscreen custom peptide libraries
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 02 February, 2009
CPC Scientific, a leading provider of custom peptide synthesis, GMP peptides and peptide APIs has signed a distribution agreement with Sigma-Aldrich.
 
Covidien collaborates with B and W to produce more Mo-99 isotope
Medical isotopes : 26 January, 2009
Covidien has signed an agreement with Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Group to develop technology for the manufacture of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the parent isotope of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used radioisotope in the world for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine procedures.
 
NuVasive gains access to Progentix Orthobiology synthetic bone substitutes
Bone substitute materials : 15 January, 2009
Progentix Orthobiology has closed an investment agreement with NuVasive, a medical device company focused on developing products for minimally disruptive surgical treatments for the spine.
 
Parexel International opens Peru office to extend Latin American coverage
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 21 November, 2008
Parexel International has opened an office in Lima, Peru to provide regulatory consulting and clinical research capabilities.
 
SyntheMed receives FDA 510(k) clearance to market SinusShield bioresorbable membrane
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 20 November, 2008
SyntheMed has received FDA 510(k) clearance to market SinusShield, a bioresorbable membrane intended to prevent post-operative adhesions in nasal and sinus surgical procedures.
 
Amedica receives CE mark for its Valeo ceramic spinal intervertebral spacers
Bone substitute materials : 13 November, 2008
Amedica has received a CE mark for its Valeo family of ceramic spinal intervertebral spacers.
 
New water purification system addresses Sterile Service guidelines
Water purification : 12 November, 2008
Purite has launched a new water purification system to help reduce the cost and complexity of meeting the latest guidelines for Sterile Service and Decontamination departments.
 
C5 Medical Werks begins production of ceramic injection moulded components at Colorado facility
Ceramics : 10 October, 2008
C5 Medical Werks, a subsidiary of the largest manufacturer of technical ceramics in North America, is now able to produce ceramic injection moulded (CIM) components from its state-of-the-art facility in Grand Junction, Colorado, USA.
 
Tecvac supports University of Sheffield PVD coatings research programmes
Coatings and finishes : 06 October, 2008
Tecvac of Swavesey near Cambridge, a member of the Wallwork Group, is supporting the University of Sheffield PVD coatings research programmes by supplying a IP75 twin-beam PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) machine.
 
Selecting water purification technologies for hospital laboratories
Water purification : 26 September, 2008
Simon Charlesworth of Purite describes the technologies used to provide high purity water in hospital laboratories.
 
Medtronic's INFUSE Bone Graft receives Prix Galien USA 2008 Award
Bone substitute materials : 26 September, 2008
Medtronic's INFUSE Bone Graft, the company’s recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein technology, has received the Prix Galien USA 2008 Award for Best Biotechnology Product.
 
PETNET Solutions achieves 98.8 percent delivery rate for radioactive isotopes
Medical isotopes : 25 September, 2008
A division of Siemens, PETNET Solutions, has reported a 98.8 percent success rate in the production and delivery of its radioactive isotopes.
 
Purite water purification technology helps Siemens ensure quality of blood gas reagents
Water purification : 23 September, 2008
The latest generation of water purification technology from Purite is enabling Siemens Medical Solutions to ensure the quality of the reagents produced for use with its blood gas analysers.
 
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.
 
Bone graft substitute receives FDA 510(k) clearance
Bone substitute materials : 04 September, 2008
Pioneer Surgical Technology has received 510(k) clearance from the US FDA to market FortrOss, a novel bone graft substitute that uses nanotechnology for orthopaedic applications.
 
Debiopharm partners Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in stem cell project
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 03 September, 2008
Debiopharm Group has signed a research project agreement with the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), which is aimed at the identifying novel small molecules and peptides that interfere with pathways controlling cell fate specification.
 
Telik's small molecule proteasome inhibitor programme demonstrates anticancer activity
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 22 August, 2008
Telik’s novel small molecule proteasome inhibitor programme has met a preclinical development milestone by demonstrating anticancer activity in preclinical models of human leukemia.
 
Purite launches new web site focused on water purfication technology
Water purification : 20 August, 2008
A new web site – www.waterpurification.org.uk – has been launched by Purite to help consulting engineers, health service managers and laboratory staff understand and specify water purification technology.
 
ETEX launches orthobiologic bone graft substitute
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 18 August, 2008
ETEX has launched an innovative orthobiologic called EquivaBone which is a bone graft substitute that remodels and is replaced with new bone during the healing process.
 
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’.
 
Tissue culture range overcomes in vitro cell culture difficulties
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 18 July, 2008
The Iwaki range of tissue culture products from Sterilin consists of standard non-treated and tissue culture treated ware and features a range of substrate coated products developed to combat problems associated with in vitro cell culture.
 
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.
 
Cardinal Health support clinical drug trials by expanding PET Nuclear Pharmacy Services
Medical isotopes : 17 June, 2008
Cardinal Health is to begin manufacturing, compounding and distributing Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiopharmaceuticals for clinical trials.
 
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.
 
PolyTherics to collaborate with Alligator Bioscience to develop new biopharmaceuticals
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 16 June, 2008
PolyTherics and Alligator Bioscience have established a new alliance which will see both companies collaborate to explore the biological effects of the polymer-based technologies developed by PolyTherics on proteins optimised and provided by Alligator.
 
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.
 
CardioTech forms new biomaterials subsidiary
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 02 June, 2008
CardioTech International has formed AdvanSource Biomaterials to conduct its business and align its name with its strategic focus.
 
Polytherics receives European patent for polymer complexation technology
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 28 May, 2008
Polytherics has been granted a European patent on the application of polymer complexation technology to improve drug efficacy.
 
C5 prepares for international growth with new ceramic dental components
Ceramics : 13 May, 2008
C5 Medical Werks has submitted a 510(k) pre-market notification to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its new technical ceramic dental component, ZirDent CAD/CAM Blocks.
 
ETEX agrees a supply deal with AlloSource for DBM powder
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 25 April, 2008
Advanced biomaterials company, ETEX has entered into a supply agreement with AlloSource which will see AlloSource provide ETEX with Demineralized Bone Matrix (DBM) powder to be mixed with ETEX's proprietary, nanocrystalline, fast setting calcium phosphate to form EquivaBone.
 
FDA fast tracks synthetic human secretin for pancreatic imaging
Biomaterials and biopharmaceuticals : 17 April, 2008
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to the development programme for Repligen’s RG1068, synthetic human secretin, to improve the assessment of pancreatic duct structures by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
 
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
 
New DLC biocompatible coating is ideal for medical devices
Coatings and finishes : 01 April, 2008
Tecvac of Swavesey, Cambridge, a member of the Wallwork Group, is working with Sub-One Technology to offer a range of Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) biocompatible coatings that can be applied to the internal surfaces of medical devices.
 
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.
 
ETEX launches two new bone substitute materials
Bone substitute materials : 05 March, 2008
ETEX has launched Beta-bsm Injectable Paste and Gamma-bsm Moldable Putty, bone substitute materials based on ETEX's proprietary nanocrystalline calcium phosphate technology.
 
Smith & Nephew’s Oxinium oxidised zirconium technology receives regulatory approval in Japan
Ceramics : 04 March, 2008
Smith & Nephew’s Orthopaedic Reconstruction business has received Japanese regulatory approval for its award winning Oxinium oxidised zirconium technology.
 
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.
 
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