Secant Group officials think they’ve cracked vascular regeneration: Here’s how

Secant Group today announced what it described as game-changing technology to advance vascular regeneration, solving problems that surgeons presently have when it comes to vascular harvesting and the non-resorbable synthetic graft compliance mismatching. The technology, which Secant (Telford, Pa.) developed in partnership with its sister company SanaVita Medical, involves a synthetic small bore vessel with a hollow

How laser marking could solve the medical device industry’s UDI challenges

Here are five ways that laser marking could provide advantages to medical device companies when it comes to meeting permanent marking requirements under FDA’s Unique Device Identification program. Ashir Thakore, SABIC As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implements its phased Unique Device Identification (UDI) program across medical device classes, OEMs are considering methods

Tiny hair-like fibers help create interconnections between brain regions

MIT researchers have used a single flexible fiber about the size of human hair to deliver optical, electrical and chemical signals back and forth into the brain to create an improved way of learning about the functions and interconnections of different brain regions. The fibers replicate the softness and flexibility of brain tissue which allows

Teleflex Medical launches new suture technology to reduce tissue strangulation

Teleflex Medical has created a new suture technology that may reduce tissue strangulation and a cutting effect in situations where tissue pull-through is a risk. The technology, called Force Fiber Fusion, is a two-in-one construct that goes from a round suture to a flat braid center segment and back to round suture. It is made

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

What goes into injection molding cooling time?

Part design, material selection, mold design and processing all play a role when it comes to injection molding cooling time. Jeremy Williams, RJG Here’s a value that probably sticks out in your mind if you’ve been to an RJG training event: 80%. That’s how much of the molding cycle is spent cooling the plastic part

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

Dip molding medical device products: What you need to know

When it comes to dip molding products with emulsions of liquid rubber, it is necessary to complete a series of process steps to assure proper formation, vulcanization and finish treatment to meet the customer’s needs in the final application. Mark Agee, Kent Elastomer Products Dip molding can enable the creation of durable medical device parts in

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

3D printed organ models are getting way better: Here’s how

University of Minnesota researchers are taking 3D printed organ models to the next level: They look and feel like the real thing, and integrated sensors help surgeons train. There’s even the potential that such artificial models may someday become the real deal – “bionic organs” used to replace damaged biological organs. The Minnesota researchers published

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

Biomaterials: Is there a better way for FDA to regulate them?

The medical device industry is pretty conservative when it comes to materials used in medical devices. That begs the question: Do we need a new FDA approval pathway for biomaterials? Mike Drues thinks the answer is “yes.” “It really will encourage companies to use new materials and not be hamstrung with materials that have been

Repeat sterilization for adhesives in reusable and non-disposable devices

Here’s a review of the common adhesive materials and their reaction to sterilization processes. Christine Marotta, Henkel Intricate medical devices are often constructed of thermoset and other engineered plastics, which require advanced adhesive technology. In addition to considerations of bonding, sealing, gap filling, and manufacturability, developers need to consider the sterilization plan that all materials, including

6 challenges you need to overcome to create a wearable medical device

Before you start a medical wearable device project, consider the following challenges and suggestions on how to address them. Diana Eitzman and Kris Godbey, 3M Skin is unlike any other substrate. It sweats, grows hair, secretes oil, harbors bacteria, constantly sheds old cells, regenerates new ones and changes with health, environment and age – characteristics

Everything you need to know about medical device creation

Medtech development is hard. Medical device creation can require manufacturing know-how in areas as wide-ranging as electrical components, high-performance polymers, molding and machining – and that doesn’t even include the required expertise in design, regulatory requirements and achieving reimbursement. The good news is that the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through

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