High performance polymers

Cedric Perben, EMEA medical application development, Eastman Chemical Company explains more

29 Apr 2016 09:21 Opinion

The UHMWPE Membrane technology offers an alternative to current ePTFE film materials used for creating peripheral stents that treat peripheral artery disease. more

20 Nov 2013 14:57 Technology

High-performance thermoplastic delivers strength, rigidity and biocompatibility in patent-pending NovaTract dynamic retractor. more

12 Nov 2013 15:57 Technology

Technical presentation to highlight high-performance medical polymers for implantable and non-implantable applications. more

6 Sep 2013 09:10 News

Zimmer Knee Replacement.

Source: Zimmer.

Zimmer expands portfolio of foot and ankle, hand and wrist technologies through addition of innovative small bone specialty company. more

18 Jul 2013 08:00 News

Implantable Eviva polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers was chosen for biocompatibility, dimensional stability, and MRI compatibility.

Source: Solvay Specialty Polymers.

Solvay Specialty Polymers has announced two medical applications for its sulfone polymer technology, an implantable drug infusion system made from PSU and a highly durable non-implantable ventilator fan made from PPSU. more

5 Jul 2013 08:00 Technology

DePuy Hip Implant


US manufacturer of orthopaedic devices DePuy Orthopaedics will discontinue global sales of two brands of hip implant systems—the Ultamet metal-on-metal articulation device and the Complete brand of ceramic-on-metal acetabular hip system. more

24 Jun 2013 08:00 News

Invibio lumbar cages

Source: Invibio.

High performance polymers are incredibly useful in medical devices. They demonstrate physical properties similar to metal, like fatigue and chemical resistance and tensile strength. Being mouldable and extrudable allows more intricate designs. more

7 Jun 2013 08:00 Technology

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Source: Tomasz Staszak, 2013.

Compared with metals, engineering polymers offer comparable toughness and resistance to degradation by chemicals and high temperatures, a lighter weight and more freedom in design. Laser micromachining is being used to make PEEK and polyimide stents. more

5 Jun 2013 08:00 Technology

Invibio Hip

Source: Invibio.

Invibio are sponsoring the first ever International PEEK meeting in Philladelphia demonstrating the growing importance of the material as a replacement for metal in implantable materials. more

24 Apr 2013 17:45 Technology


Xilloc Medical.

The USA's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510k clearance for the world's first long-term plastic implant made using additive manufacturing—the OsteoFab Patient Specific Cranial Device (OPSCD). The device is made from PEKK polymer. more

15 Feb 2013 00:00 Devices

Xian City Walls


Solvay Speciality Polymers, a leading manufacturer of high performance polymers and part of Belgium-based chemical group Solvay, has made its Solviva Biomaterials range of high performance plastics for implantable applications available in China. more

15 Jan 2013 00:00 News

Pioneer Surgical Technology, a USA-based manufacturer of implantable devices for orthopaedics and cardiothoracics, has announced that surgeons have carried out 2,000 successful implants of its NuNec PEEK cervical disc arthroplasty device. more

24 Oct 2012 00:00 Devices

Netherlands-headquartered resin manufacturer DSM has announced that it will invest approximately €100 million in three new Dutch R&D facilities in Delft and Sittard-Geleen over the next two years. more

29 May 2012 00:00 News

Following the release of an alert by the UK's Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in September 2010, a DePuy ASR Metal Hip Replacement was withdrawn from the market because of increased incidence of failure. more

10 May 2012 00:00 Devices

DSM Biomedical, a global leader in biomedical materials science, recently announced a step forward in its partnership with Ovesco Endoscopy AG. more

5 Apr 2011 00:00 Technology