Steele is a PEEK pioneer who founded Microspec in 1989 and opened up shop in Jaffrey, N.H. the following year. Microspec has grown and moved twice more, the last time to Peterborough, N.H., where it operates three shifts with 100 employees. The company designs and extrudes tubing for angiography, diagnostics, dialysis, electrophysiology, endoscopy, intravenous, laparoscopy, medical, PICC lines, surgery, umbilical uses.
Back in the Seventies, “a tube had one function, and that was it,” Steele told Medical Tubing + Extrusion. “Today what they use tubing for, they put drugs in the compounds that the tubes are made of, in some cases to stay in the body and be absorbed by your body, and by the time the entire tube is absorbed by your body the drug has worked and you’re well. It is a completely different type of industry.”