Recently Discovered Bacteria-Resistant Materials Could Prevent Medical Device Failures

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered a new class of polymers that are resistant to bacterial attachment. These materials could lead to a significant reduction in hospital infections and medical device failures. Medical device associated infections can lead to systemic infections or device failure, including urinary and venous ...

Managing Director of Elasto Predicts Significant Growth of TPE Market

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The market for thermoplastic elastomers, a family of rubber-like materials, will see great growth in the next few years, says Per Hellberg, Managing Director of the TPE company Elasto. As Elasto continues to expand into new markets, so will TPE continue to be used for new application areas, Hellberg predicts.

White Paper Explores Future of Stent Technology

Monday, February 7th, 2011

A white paper from materials testing consultancy Ceram reviews technologies that are having an impact on the development of next-generation stents. In particular, "Stents – New Materials and Technologies for the Future" discusses how computational modeling and material formulation and characterisation are helping to improve clinical outcomes. It also considers new trends, ...

AdvanSource Biomaterials Announces Multi-Year Development Agreement

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

AdvanSource Biomaterials Corp. (Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA) a developer of advanced polymer materials for a range of medical devices, today announced that it has entered into a multi-year development agreement with a leading international medical device company. The agreement calls for the development of a specialised solution-based polymer designed to meet the ...

Polymeric Stent Coating Helps Maintain Smooth Blood Flow

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

From the Wire: Dong Lyun Cho and colleagues at Chonnam National University in Gwangju have developed a method of coating stents in polymer and then attaching drug molecules to the surface. The stents can be coated with polymers to avoid abnormal cell growth and restenosis. However, for a successful result, ...

Electroactive Polymer Technology Developed in Sweden Finds New Berth in Galway

Friday, February 13th, 2009

A couple years ago, while researching an article on biomaterials, I stumbled on intriguing information on a polymer that could swell and contract in response to a small electrical stimulus. Then offered by Swedish firm Micromuscle AB, the technology was developed at the Department of Physics and Measurement Technology of ...

European Medical Polymers Conference Stresses Collaboration

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

As I was preparing for my very first trip to Northern Ireland to attend the Medical Polymers Conference at Queen’s University Belfast, organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), I figured I’d be on the safe side packing an umbrella and a raincoat. And boy am I glad I ...