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Medical device designers developing neurological products now can avail themselves of a comprehensive database that compiles materials used in these devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with neurological applications.

Norbert Sparrow

June 25, 2014

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Medical materials database integrates extensive neurological device data

Medical device designers developing neurological products now can avail themselves of a comprehensive database that compiles materials used in these devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with neurological applications. Introduced by materials information technology company Granta Design (Cambridge, UK) and materials engineering society ASM International (Materials Park, OH), the Neurological module has been integrated with the existing Orthopedic and Cardiovascular modules in the ASM Medical Materials Database. The expanded database allows device designers to make informed decisions by providing access to exhaustive data regarding material selection, substitution, qualification, and regulation.

The neurological data include a representative and diverse sample of neurological devices and the materials used in those devices, according to a press release issued by the companies. Benefits of the database, which can be accessed online or through a company's in-house materials information system, include:

  • Immediate access to essential materials information, including from predicate devices, thus reducing time, cost, and risk in design and certification, and offering new insights in the design process.

  • A means to screen, analyze, select, and source candidate materials and coatings for device applications and associated compatible drugs, including rapid selection against user-defined criteria.

  • The ability to trace all data back to published literature, FDA device approval information, or manufacturer datasheets and websites.

Hundreds of material types from more than 1000 suppliers, together with compatible coatings, drugs, adhesives, and processes, are referenced, and coverage includes mechanical, physical, biological response, and drug-compatibility properties. Each material is linked to devices in which it has been used.

With the inclusion of the Neurological module, the ASM Medical Materials Database now covers more than 32,000 individual FDA approvals.

About the Author(s)

Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.

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