Medical

The smart, connected shoe

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 1st, 2014

What if your shoe could tell you how to improve your golf swing? Or, if you are diabetic, that you were about to hit a fatigue threshold and painfully slam your foot into the ground? That's the promise of Plantiga, a company that has developed smart footwear that tracks and quantifies weight distribution and other biomechanical parameters and sends that data to your smartphone.

Simbionix acquisition extends 3D Systems' advantage in fast-growing 3D-healthcare market, says CEO

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

3D Systems (3DS; Rock Hill, SC) announced today that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Simbionix (Cleveland, OH) for $120 million in cash. Simbionix is the global leader in 3D virtual-reality surgical simulation and training with more than 60 interventional procedures across eight specialties through 16 simulation platforms. The acquisition is described by 3DS as a complementary building block that expands its breadth and reach within the open-ended 3D-healthcare field.

Westlake Chemical completes acquisition of PVC producer

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 31st, 2014

Westlake Chemical has closed its acquisition of German-based Vinnolit Holdings GmbH and its subsidiary companies from Advent International, a private equity firm.

Researchers who discovered bacteria-resistant polymers receive award to find out why they work

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 31st, 2014

In 2012, two researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom discovered a group of new materials capable of repelling bacteria. Precisely why bacteria steer clear of this material, however, is not known. Now, the scientists have each won a prestigious research award worth a combined £2 million ($3.4 million) to solve the mystery. There is a lot at stake: bacteria-resistant polymers could lead to a significant reduction in hospital infections acquired through implanted medical devices.

Researchers develop nanopropellers that swim through body to deliver medical treatments

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 30th, 2014

In Fantastic Voyage, a cheesy science fiction movie from the 1960s, a submarine and crew are miniaturized and injected into a person's blood stream to remove a brain clot. While researchers have yet to develop the shrink ray, one group of scientists has created a tiny propeller, not unlike the device that propels submarines, except that it is 100 times smaller than a human blood cell.

Measuring 70 nm in diameter and 400 nm long, the nanopropeller could move through the human body, and even inside cells, to perform medical procedures and deliver drugs.

Styrolution adds three new grades to its Zylar portfolio

By Karen Laird
Published: July 30th, 2014

Styrenics giant Styrolution has launched three new products in its Zylar range of transparent impact modified methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymers. Characterized by water clear transparency, high flowability, good chemical resistance and customizable toughness, the new grades further expand the existing Zylar portfolio, which ranges from the extremely impact resistant Zylar 960 to the medium-impact grades Zylar 550 and now also Zylar 650.

Six key questions to ask when sourcing flexible medical device packaging

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 29th, 2014

The time to begin thinking about medical device packaging is when an application for FDA approval is being prepared for submission, says LPS Industries, a diversified manufacturer in the flexible packaging industry. Since package development takes time and is required for FDA approval, considering packaging late in development will only further delay time to market. LPS shared with PlasticsToday six important questions medical device OEMs should ask to determine the most appropriate and least expensive package for a given product.

Plastic continues to grab market share from glass in drug packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

The market for glass pharmaceutical bottles will decrease as plastic bottles and blister packs continue to replace glass in oral drug packaging applications, according to a new report from the Freedonia Group (Cleveland, OH). Overall U.S. demand for drug packaging products will increase 4.9% per year to reach $22.1 billion in 2018, adds the business research company.

Integrated 3D printing and injection molding speeds time to market for medical devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 28th, 2014

Accelerating time to market is high on the priority list of most manufacturers. Medical device OEMs are no different, but, in addition to the design and manufacturing challenges that all companies must overcome, they also must satisfy FDA requirements.

Medical thermoformer Nelipak expands U.S. footprint with Flexpak acquisition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

Nelipak Corp. (Cranston, RI) announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Debond Corp. (dba Flexpak Corp.). The business will be owned by Nelipak and operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging.

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