These nanosponges remove sepsis-causing bacteria from the bloodstream

California researchers have created a nanosponge that is designed to absorb and remove molecules that are known to cause sepsis. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego created macrophage nanosponges that are wrapped in the cell membranes of macrophages and can safely absorb and remove sepsis-causing molecules from the bloodstream. So far, the

Northwire expands biocompatibility compliance

Northwire (Osceola, Wis.) announced that it has finished additional testing to certify its BioCompatic material line to be in accordance with ISO 10993-10 irritation and skin sensitization requirements. The company’s BioCompatic material is designed to create optimized, safe and dependable medical cables while meeting biocompatibility standards under USP Class VI and compliance to ISO 10993-5 cytotoxicity.

Teknor Apex veteran Robert Brookman dies

Robert Brookman – a vinyl compounding industry expert with 50 years of experience – died last November at the age of 83, according to Teknor Apex Co. (Pawtucket, R.I.), where Brookman was most recently VP of business development. Brookman joined Teknor Apex about 20 years ago after holding executive positions with other compounding companies, with a focus

These lab-grown blood vessel replacements could benefit dialysis patients

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a blood vessel replacement made of biological materials in a lab. The lab-grown vessels have no living cells at implantation and could be used as a graft for kidney dialysis patients. The lab-engineered blood vessel replacement is the first non synthetic, decellularized graft that is repopulated with cells using

Victrex opens $13 million Polymer Innovation Center

Victrex recently announced that it has opened its new $13 million Polymer Innovation Center in Thornton Cleveleys, U.K. to help accelerate innovation. Victrex currently makes high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) as well as selected parts for gears and dental discs. In hopes of developing next-generation thermoplastic solutions, the new facility is fully-operational and is dedicated to research

This procedure repairs joint damage and avoids hip replacement surgery

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is using a new procedure to help patients avoid hip replacement surgery while still repairing their hip. The procedure, called Subchondroplasty, involves injected a bone substitute material into the hip joint. The material helps fill voids or lesions in the joint. “We want to preserve the native hip whenever

This innovation could make medical devices even more amazing

CerMet – an advanced ceramic and metal technology system – creates the potential for implantable devices with thousands of electrical channels. Think new options for treating blindness and neurological conditions. Only a few years old, Heraeus’ CerMet is upping the game when it comes to sophisticated implantable electronic devices. “Medical implants manufactured using the Heraeus CerMet

This artificial cartilage is made using material from bulletproof vests

The same Kevlar material that is used to make bulletproof vests, jackets and gloves now has the potential to make artificial cartilage that could be implanted in the body. Kevlartilage – a material developed at the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University – can withstand just as much force as the cartilage in the human

Solvay releases new PEEK polymer for implantable devices

Solvay has launched its new Zeniva ZA-600 CF30 polyetheretherketone (PEEK) designed for use in implantable device applications. Zeniva ZA-600 CF30 PEEK is a 30% carbon fiber-reinforced, radiolucent polymer that offers modulus that is similar to cortical bone. The polymer helps implants minimize bone density reduction while maintaining normal stress on surrounding bone tissues. The polymer

PEEK formulations for new implantable devices

Since the late 1990s, polyether ether ketone has become a go-to material for companies that manufacture orthopedic implants, thanks to its radiolucency and anatomical properties. Now, custom formulations of PEEK are enabling new potential applications for the polymer. Lawrence Acquarulo, Foster Corp. Polymers have always played a role in modern implantable medical devices. But until

DiFusion Technologies to use Solvay PEEK in spinal implants

DiFusion Technologies has chosen to use Solvay’s Zeniva ZA-500 polyetheretherketone (PEEK) as the base polymer for its ZFUZE osteoconductive PEEK composite used in spinal implants. PEEK is used as an alternative to titanium in spinal implants because it has a similar structure of bones and it can be easily seen on X-rays because of its

How a versatile epoxy is enabling brain stimulation

In but another example of how useful and critical epoxies can be, researchers in Israel used a two-part epoxy to construct a magnetic coil to stimulate animal brain neurons via a magnetic field. Rohit Ramnath, Master Bond Designers of medical electronics assemblies have many options to choose from when selecting one or more compounds for

Scapa Healthcare introducing new ultra-flexible silicone gel adhesive

Scapa Healthcare – maker of skin-friendly adhesives – will introduce its new ultra-flexible Scapa Soft-Pro Silicone Gel 6058 at the 2017 Medica Trade Fair, Nov. 13–16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Silicone Gel 6058 is the most flexible silicone in Scapa’s product portfolio, according to the Windsor, Conn.–based company. It is conformable and contours to challenging anatomical

United Soft Plastics signs distribution deal with Foster Corp.

Foster Corp. has been appointed the North American distributor of United Soft Plastics’ Ubisoft styrenic block copolymers, effective as of Nov. 1. Under the deal, Foster Corp. will give sales, technical and order fulfillment support to customers out of their Nevada and Connecticut facilities. Styrenic block copolymers are thermoplastic elastomers designed for healthcare markets. They

Tekni-Plex to tout films and closures at InnoPack

Tekni-Plex will be touting its latest films and closure liners for medical devices at CPHI InnoPack. The event is scheduled to take place Oct. 24–26 in Frankfurt, Germany. The company plans to showcase its Flexapharm ultra high-barrier PVDC SBC coating that offers multiple barrier features for pharmaceuticals at booth 42H70. Tekni-Plex also plans to feature its