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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How to make kink-resistant tubing work in smaller medical devices

Today’s implantable medical devices require bio-friendly silicone that keeps fluids flowing even when space is tight. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Combining highly biocompatible silicone with the elasticity and durability of nylon creates a class of durable, crush- and kink-resistant tubing that’s ideal for today’s small yet highly complex medical devices. That’s because small is the

Spectrum Plastics announced fundamental business platforms

Spectrum Plastics Group today announced three fundamental medical business platforms as it seeks to better explain the breadth of services the new company can provide the medical device industry. Spectrum (Alpharetta, Ga.) is just six months old – formed from the merger of Pexco and PPC Industries. “From component manufacturing to packaging and finished device assembly,

Medtronic is closer to VenaSeal coverage: Here’s how

Medtronic is touting its new CPT codes for the VenaSeal varicose vein closure device – codes that company officials think bring the device closer to positive coverage from public and private insurers in the U.S. CMS announced the new codes on Nov. 1 as part of final rules for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CMS-1676-F)

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

9 exhibitors to check out at MD&M Minneapolis

MD&M Minneapolis is an event that brings together more than 5,500 medtech professionals and more than 600 suppliers together at one of the largest medical device industry hubs in the United States. Here are nine exhibitors showcasing some of their latest technologies and services at the show, which takes place Nov. 8–9 at the Minneapolis

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How Igus moving plastic components are enabling medtech innovation

Advanced plastic components maker Igus sees more medical sector opportunities. Here’s how its e-chains, bearings and linear systems are enabling innovation.  Igus – maker of advanced plastic components including e-chain cable carriers, bearings and linear systems – has its main medical customers in Europe. But that could soon change. The company plans to sell to

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How to add recyclability and sustainability into medtech plastics

Recyclability and sustainability have become very important to the medical device marketplace, and some companies are taking note. Jason Middleton, Ray Products Sustainability has become critical to medical businesses. Some implement sustainability to appeal to consumers. Others look to cut costs or align their business practices with their company mission. Whatever the motivation, 13% of company

These speedy BD robot arms store and retrieve medications in seconds

It’s not difficult to see hospitals and pharmacies challenged by dispensing thousands of drugs with speed and accuracy. As the number of drugs rises, so do security issues. To address both, the Rowa Division of BD in Germany has introduced two machines. The Rowa Vmax provides for the automatic storage and retrieval of boxed pharmaceuticals

DSM Biomedical and Cerapedics partner for peptide enhanced bone graft

DSM Biomedical has partnered with Cerapedics to create and manufacture the next generation of peptide-enhanced bone graft. The partnerships allows for DSM’s regenerative materials capabilities to be used with Cerapedics’s proprietary synthetic small peptide (P-15) technology. Designed for fast and predictable remodeling in bone graft substitute applications, DSM’s newest bioceramic platform is make of a