Innovative Polymers Compounds Obtains ISO 13485 Accreditation

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Innovative Polymers Compounds (IPC; Kilbeggan, Ireland) recently announced it has received ISO 13485 accreditation, making it the only accredited independent compounding company in Europe dedicated to providing polymer compounds for use in medical device applications, according to a press release published on the Irish Medical Devices Association's website.

Kelpac Medical Opens New Facility in Ireland

Monday, June 11th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28131" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Kelpac Medical has opened a new facility in Ireland."][/caption] Kelpac Medical, a manufacturer of medical device tubing and packaging, has opened a new custom medical extrusion plant in Tullamore, Ireland. The new facility provides regional logistics efficiencies to medical device manufacturers in Ireland and throughout Europe. Kelpac Medical ...

Medtech Week Recap: Bone Developed from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Could Have Therapeutic Applications

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Researchers have grown bone from human embryonic stem cells. The research could have applications in therapies to replace bone tissue.

Medtech Week Recap: DSM Expands Biomedical Division with Acquisition of Kensey Nash

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Last week, DSM, the Dutch plastics giant, announced it will acquire Kensey Nash, which develops devices based on resorbable materials such as collagen, synthetic polymers and extracellular matrices. The acquisition gives DSM access to Kensey Nash's US custom base, which includes many major OEMs. It also continues a trend of ...

Dow Europe Unveils New Formulation and Testing Equipment at Its Performance Plastics Innovation Center

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Dow Europe GmbH has unveiled enhanced formulation and testing capabilities at the Performance Plastics Innovation Center at Dow’s European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland. The company will hold an open house on 12 April where it will demonstrate the new technology. During the event representatives from Nordson Engineering, Eastman Chemical Company, ...

Lubrizol TPU Technology Eliminates Need for Plasticisers

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Lubrizol introduced a new soft hydrophobic TPU technology at MD&M West Lubrizol introduced a soft hydrophobic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology for medical applications at the trade show MD&M West this week. The technology, part of the Tecothane product line, eliminates the need for plasticisers. The material can be extruded or injection ...

Colder Products Launches SnapQuik Connectors

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26954" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Colder SnapQuick connectors"][/caption] Colder Products introduced a new connector product line designed to prevent medical tubing misconnections at the MD&M West trade show, taking place in Anaheim 13-16 February. The small-bore connector SnapQuick is an alternative to luer fittings and does not mate with these fittings. Suitable applications ...

Medtech Week Recap: PVC Under Fire Again

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

PVC's reputation has seen its up and downs, despite recent technical developments that could make PVC both safer and greener. Now PVC is under fire again by US health provider Kaiser Permanente, which is banning the use of PVC in tubing and bags.

Medtech Week Recap: US Venture Capitalists Encourage Launching in Europe First

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Last week, UBM Canon Director of Content Richard Nass blogged about his conversation with eZassi CEO Peter von Dyck. The conversation focused on how US venture capitalists are increasingly endorsing launching medtech products in Europe before launching in the United States. The reason is that European companies usually require less ...

Medtech Week Recap: New Developments in Plasticisers Could Improve PVC’s Reputation

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Last week, the medical trade fair Medica and the medical manufacturing supplier trade fair Compamed took place, attracting visitors from around the world. At Medica, the German packaging supplier PolyCine introduced a processing technique that blocks migration of plasticisers from PVC. EMDT Editor in Chief Norbert Sparrow spoke with PolyCine's Head ...

PolyOne Exhibits Expanded Portfolio of Colourants at Compamed 2011

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

PolyOne Corp., a provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions, will exhibit a newly expanded portfolio of specialised solutions for the healthcare industry at Compamed 2011. Building on the company’s growing mix of healthcare materials, services and solutions, this portfolio now includes new colourants for its Dow Health+ polymers ...

DuPont Touts High-Performance Polymers for Drug Delivery Systems

Monday, February 28th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_21649" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Ian Wands, Market Development Technologist, Medical and Pharmaceutical, DuPont Performance Polymers."][/caption] Exhibiting for the first time at Pharmapack in Paris, DuPont Performance Polymers was unswervingly on message. “The exhibitor list certainly attracted our attention,” notes Ian Wands, Market Development Technologist, Medical and Pharmaceutical, at DuPont ...