Heraeus Medical Components acquires Biotectix

Heraeus Medical Components is acquiring conductive polymer materials maker Biotectix. The deal, announced yesterday, will allow Heraeus to boost its medical electrode coating capabilities. Better electrode coatings equal better performance of sensing and stimulation electrodes used in diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We constantly work with our medical

Orthopedic implant coatings: This webinar will explore their application and development – Oct. 3

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 11:30am EST / 8:30am PST This webinar will explore the different types of orthopedic coatings and their typical applications. What are the benefits and limitations of each and when would you choose one over the other? We will also discuss why orthopedic coatings are used and new coating technologies under development.

GI Plastek expands in-house capabilities

GI Plastek (Wolfeboro, N.H.) – a specialist in large to medium complex molded products – announced this month that it has significantly expanded its in-house electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) shielding capabilities. GI Plastek’s new mechanized production paint line is housed in a new 9,000-square-foot paint facility. The paint line allows GI Platek

Nexus IE creates catheter coating test system for BioInteractions

Product consultancy Nexus Intelligent Engineering (Nexus IE) has designed and developed a fully automated catheter coating test system for medical device coatings supplier BioInteractions. Nexus IE (Witchford, U.K.) designed the BIOFriC 1000 fto measure the coefficient of friction of coated catheters. The test system could have uses in both  medical R&D laboratories and product manufacturing

How plasma treatments are driving up the value of plastic labware

By altering the surface properties of polymer labware through plasma treatments and coatings, manufacturers are improving the quality of test results while increasing value of products they create. Jeff Elliott, for PVA TePla America Each year, billions of multi-well plates, pipettes, bottles, flasks, vials, Eppendorf tubes, culture plates and other polymer labware items are manufactured for

Brain implants last longer if they’re smaller: Here’s how

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have recently suggested that if electrodes implanted in the brain were smaller, the devices could last much longer. Diseases like Parkinson’s disease can be treated with electrical stimulations from electrodes that have been implanted in the brain. Implanted electrodes, however, can cause scarring which can make the electrodes less effective

Slips Technologies raises $9m for coatings tech

Slips Technologies said today that it raised nearly $9 million for the super-slippery coating it’s developing, including a $3 million grant from a U.S. Energy Dept. agency. Named for its technology, “slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces,” the Cambridge, Mass.-based company’s coating is designed to create a self-healing liquid layer that’s too slippery for other fluids to adhere

Johnson & Johnson Innovation backs 3D printing, coatings and contact lenses

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the incubation arm of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), said today that it’s investing in a variety of medical device and pharmaceutical programs, including 3D printing, coatings and contact lenses. The new”investments and strategic transactions” feature a joint effort with MIT spinout Inkbit Corp., which is developing “a unique multi-material

This bacterial discovery could prevent biofilms

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have discovered a potential new way to eliminate biofilms to reduce the number of hospital-borne infections. Biofilms are a group of microorganisms that stick to a surface. Over time, the cells in the biofilm can grow and cause chronic infections and can even become resistant to antibiotics.

Laser ablation and medical device manufacturing: what you need to know

David Van de Wall, Amada Miyachi Europe Laser ablation is gaining popularity for medical device applications that require stripping of coatings on cylindrical components like hypotubes and guide wires. It is also being widely used for advanced surface treatments, including discoloration or foaming of plastics and darkening or annealing of metal parts. Offering a repeatable

Silicone and medical devices: 7 things you should know about it

Drew Rogers, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. Silicone’s popularity for use in medical devices has been growing.  This is due to its compatibility with bodily fluids and strong chemical structure. Advancements in medical polymers are also part of this push toward next-generation single-use medical devices, implants and packaging technology. In order to get the right material, configuration and

Covalon Technologies launches new coating for intravascular devices

Covalon Technologies has launched its new Centaur low particulate, lubricous coating for intravascular medical devices including catheters, guidewires and delivery sheaths. Centaur is designed to improve the safety and functionality of intravascular medical devices to prevent significant patient complications that arise from the presence of unwanted particulates. Covalon’s new coating was studied in a third

Covalon launches Centaur low-particulate, lubricious coating

Covalon Technologies has announced the launch of its new, Centaur low-particulate, lubricious coating designed to improve the safety and functionality of intravascular medical devices such as catheters, guidewires and delivery sheaths where the presence of unwanted particulate can cause significant patient complications. In a third-party in vitro simulated vascular insertion study designed to measure the

Precision Coating celebrates new Costa Rica facility

Precision Coating Co., Inc. (PCCI), a subsidiary of Katahdin Industries, is holding the grand opening event of its PTFE coating facility in one of the newest free-trade zone industrial parks, Coyol Free Zone and Business Park, in Alajuela, Costa Rica. On May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m., PCCI’s board of directors, along with its

How Boston Sci is getting drug-eluting stents and balloons into legs

Boston Scientific officials think they have a leg up when it comes to bringing drug-eluting technology to bear on peripheral artery disease. That’s because the medical device giant has decades of experience with balloons and drug-eluting stents used around the heart. When it comes to treating the narrowing arteries in the legs and thighs, Boston