Webinar | September 15, 2020

Evonik's Free Webinar Series ‘Biomaterial Solutions For Implantable Medical Devices' Is Now Available

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Evonik, a global leader for bioresorbable polymers, surface modification technologies and application services, recently completed a free technical webinar series for medical device companies. Entitled biomaterial solutions for implantable medical devices, the series reviewed recent advances in biomaterials that are helping to enhance product safety, biocompatibility and performance.

More than eight industry experts from Evonik and its industry partners shared their technical knowhow across topics included orthopedics, 3D printing, surface modification, medical textiles and extrusion-based processing. Recordings for each webinar, including questions and answers, can now be accessed from Evonik’s onCare platform via the links below:

Bioresorbable polymers for 3D printing medical device applications
 In this webinar, Evonik experts discussed application opportunities made possible through the world’s first commercial GMP portfolio of bioresorbable polymers suitable for use with all core 3D printing technologies. In addition to RESOMER® polymers for 3D printing including powders, filaments and granules, the webinar discussed how medical device customers can benefit from customization and various application technology services including in-house powder development and printing. Topics included filaments for fused filament fabrication (FFF), powders for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), gels or liquids for bioplotters, granules for freeformer and 3D Printing services. Click the link here to watch the webinar now

Surface modification technologies to reduce thrombosis and prevent biofouling
Surface modification technologies have been successfully used for more than a decade across multiple device applications to reduce risk of thrombosis, bacterial adhesion and biofouling. In this webinar, Jeannette Ho, one of the core principal developers of the market-leading Endexo® surface modification technology, shared key tips on how medical device companies can enhance device functionality and biocompatibility while minimizing disruption to standard manufacturing processes and accelerating speed to market. Topics included a review of patient risks for thrombus formation, bacterial adhesion and biofouling, key polymer and manufacturing process compatibility requirements and clinical outcomes from customer studies with devices approved for cardiovascular and urinary applications.

Use of extrusion for processing of bioresorbable medical devices
The functionality of cardiovascular stents, as well as other medical devices used for vascular and general surgical procedures, can be optimized through the proper material selection, fabrication and use of bioresorbable tubes that are precisely tailored to match specific application requirements. However, the development of high-quality standard or customized tubes can be highly complex, with extensive technical knowhow required across polymers selection, extrusion processes, sterilization process and analytical testing. In this webinar, Evonik experts shared some of their knowledge regarding how to select the right materials, match specific structural and application requirements, and then streamline the path to complete feasibility studies and commercial scale-up. 

Bioresorbable polymers for medical textile applications
Bioresorbable polymers used with textile-based medical devices require mechanical and chemical properties that are precisely engineered to match the processing and functionality requirements of the target application. Under a new collaboration between Evonik and ITV Denkendorf Produktservice GmbH (ITVP), companies can now access the industry’s most broad, versatile portfolio of homopolymers, copolymers and block copolymers for textile-based devices together with a range of best-in-class processing and technical services. Topics included in this webinar included how to enhance device performance by combining high strength and elasticity with rapid degradation for meshes and tapes, sutures and monofilaments or multi-filament yarns.

Bioresorbable polymers for orthopedic applications
To encourage faster bone healing with orthopedic medical devices, bioresorbable polymers are engineered to have mechanical properties to match the natural bone and minimize stress shielding. For some bone fixation medical devices such as interference screws, suture anchors and fracture plates, composite materials with osteoconductive properties can provide the perfect biomaterial solution. For other challenging applications where mechanical strength must be combined with rapid degradation, a new platform of PLA-PEG copolymers represent an attractive opportunity. Evonik experts provided an overview of the bioresorbable portfolio for various medical device applications that can also be tailored to application needs.

For further information on Evonik’s portfolio of products, technologies and services for implantable medical devices, send an email to resomer@evonik.com or visit the website by clicking here.