June 12, 2009

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Bayer MaterialScience Broadens Offerings to the Device Industry

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Makrolon Rx2435, introduced at MD&M East, is designed specifically for thin-wall medical applications.

This week at MD&M East, Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh) announced the expansion of its product portfolio for the medical device industry to include a new hydrophilic coating, a medical-grade polycarbonate resin for thin-wall applications, and increased color options.Providing lubricity and hemocompatibility to medical device applications, the company's hydrophilic polyurethane coating is suitable for use on such products as catheters, guidewires, introducers, leads, and endoscopes. The coating is available in aqueous polyurethane dispersions, which feature a solvent-free base and low viscosity, or solvent-borne polyurethane solutions that are characterized by stability and wet strength. Compared with competing products, Bayer MaterialScience's hydrophilic coating offers lower swelling and increased durability, according to the company. "Bayer MaterialScience's hydrophilic coatings are uniquely strong and durable, making them promising for medical device applications where other coatings can fail under stress, " says Paul Nowatzki, associate scientist at the company.In addition to the hydrophilic coating, the company also launched a medical-grade polycarbonate from the company's Makrolon line of products. Radiation sterilizable, the Makrolon Rx2435 resin is designed for use in such thin-wall medical applications as dialysis components, catheter connectors, surgical instruments, and drug-delivery devices. The IS0 10993–compliant material is distinguished by its strength, toughness, and ease of flow, which was enhanced to accommodate thin-wall applications, according to the company. Although it is supplied in the company's Gamma color, the material can be colored in any of the company's other Rx Medical  colors offered through its LEDA compounded color technology family. Most recently, Bayer MaterialScience added four new colors: Vitamin-C orange, Pulse purple, Scrubs green, and Cardio pink. The new colors are intended to differentiate products and improve aesthetics for consumers.

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