Exhibitors at the co-located PLASTEC West and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West in Anaheim, CA, next month range from custom injection molders and moldmakers to thermoforming companies and medical plastics extrusion firms. This slide show features some of them.
Medical device manufacturers are unwilling to share as much information with their materials suppliers as they have in the past, creating a trust gap that is deferring innovation. Ekaterina Tkatchouk of Edwards Lifesciences explores some of the root causes of the communication breakdown.
“By 2021, 25% of surgeons will practice on 3D-printed models of the patient prior to surgery,” according to a report on 3D printing and additive manufacturing from business research and advisory company Gartner (Stamford, CT).
The devil, as always, is in the details. Jessica Lee, PhD, Director of Quality at Boston Scientific (Marlborough, MA), digs into the “content deviations” of the risk management standard for medical devices.
Ekaterina Tkatchouk, Principal Chemist at Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, CA), shares her thoughts on how institutional and regulatory processes are hindering the development of smart biomaterials that could revolutionize medical technology.