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Novel Materials Driving Medical Plastic Device Advances

SpecialChem / Jun 29, 2009

To meet the needs of an aging population and new trends in health care, the medical device industry has undergone a number of changes in the types of devices produced and the materials selected. For these devices, plastics are increasingly the material of choice. For this year and next, the medical industry projects double-digit growth of 10-11% in the Americas, followed by 15% for Asia, and a strong 6 to 8%market expansion in Europe. Self-assembling monolayer end groups (SAMEs) are an emerging two-dimensional nanotechnology used to control the surface properties of medical devices molded from plastic materials rendering them antimicrobial. New bioresorbable materials which give structure to implantable devices are absorbed by the body when no longer needed eliminating the need for a second surgery to retrieve the device. Implants can also now deliver drugs at a predetermined rate, thanks to advances in combination products.

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