Supplier Stories for the Week of November 26

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of November 26.

  • This is a compilation of the latest news from suppliers in the medical device industry. If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in this weekly roundup, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”


  • The Ultium biomechanics research system from Noraxon USA Inc. is designed to capture and analyze human movement data for use by researchers, sports scientists, and medical professionals.

    The system consists of the Ultium-DASH, a wireless hub that receives, synchronizes, and transmits data simultaneously from different sensing devices to the myoRESEARCH Software platform. Connected to the Ultium-DASH is the Ultium-ESP, an electromyography (EMG) sensor system that samples up to 4,000 times per second and demonstrates the lowest baseline noise and fewest native artifacts of all competitive EMG products, the company reports. Its internal memory retains more than 8 hours of data logging, and data recovery technology continues data capture even when outside range then automatically synchronizes upon return. 

    “In close collaboration with our research partners, Noraxon has achieved sophisticated technology advancements resulting in Ultium – a research-grade toolset that enables comprehensive, fully integrated biomechanics research,” said Brent Perkins, president of Noraxon, in a statement. “Customers now have the ability to evaluate the most interesting and elusive aspects of human movement.”

    [Image courtesy of Noraxon USA Inc.]

  • Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, provider of implantable PEEK-OPTIMA polymer, is investing in clinical-study expertise, component manufacturing facilities, and component testing. The company is also launching a new Web site for providing information on materials and applications to both OEMs and Health Care Professionals (HCPs) along with a comprehensive journal with further scientific information and clinical evidence.

    Regarding the clinical relations expertise, Martin Court, Executive Director at Victrex, said in a statement: “Doing so ensures that the clinical evidence we develop is not only shared in the marketplace, but accurately supports the benefits our materials can offer patients and the entire healthcare community.” (Invibio Biomaterial Solutions is a Victrex company.)

    Also, “our investment in component manufacturing facilities and component testing, for example, gives us a greater role in the design, development, and commercialization of trauma fracture plates made of PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra Reinforced, a carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer,” Court added. “We have also pledged more support for our customers’ new product development programs. In addition, we are continuing to help customers worldwide navigate the challenging, regulatory pathway toward product safety and efficacy.”

    The company´s new website will offer OEMs an educational resource for implantable PEEK related knowledge and clinical data. Invibio is also launching an annual journal, the “Invibio Insider;” the first edition will provide insight on progress in the medical arena.


  • Scapa Healthcare has debuted a new line of absorbent, nonadherent dressings for wounds and burns.

    The Scapa Soft-Pro Hydrogel Wound Contact Layer promotes a moist healing environment and minimizes the need for dressing changes by managing wound exudate. It is designed to conform to challenging anatomical locations and is especially suited for wounds such as leg ulcers and burns that are painful, chronic, and have high levels of exudation. The dressings can help reduce pain by delivering a cooling sensation upon contact with the wound.

    Scapa offers its Soft-Pro Hydrogel Wound Contact Layer Line for private label.


    [image courtesy of SCAPA HEALTHCARE]

  • Measuring just 4mm x 4mm, the STSPIN820 IC from STMicroelectronics allows next-generation stepper-motor-based robots to operate smoothly and quietly, with smaller size, greater precision, and lower power consumption. Featuring high-speed inputs and a precise micro-stepping algorithm, the chip allows a motor to turn by a fraction of a degree to move a 3D printer’s head at a speed of more than 500mm/s, with submicron precision to create parts very quickly, or control precise movements like sample loading, capping/decapping, and storage/retrieval in next-generation clinical automation systems, the company reports.

    Other motor-driven medical equipment such as plate handlers, fluid pumps, blood analyzers, and respirators can be quieter, more compact, and cost-effective, the company adds.

    [Image courtesy of STMicroelectronics]

  • At MD&M West 2018 Booth #2014, Teknor Apex Co. will introduce two new families of medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for face masks and cushions:

    ● Medalist 50100 Series TPEs for flexible masks. These TPEs are more deformation-resistant than PVC and, as thermoplastics, provide a more economical alternative to silicones, the company reports. The TPEs are flexible enough to enable respiratory therapy oxygen masks to provide a comfortable fit on the face yet retain shape during packaging and storage without the use of inserts.  The compounds are available in Shore A hardnesses of 58, 68, and 73.

    ● Medalist 10100 Series TPE gels for rigid-mask cushions. These TPE gels bond to polypropylene in insert or two-shot molding, providing a less expensive alternative to the traditional air-filled PVC “balloon” cushions that must be glued onto the rigid component, the company reports. The super-soft cushion conforms to the patient’s face to ensure a gas-tight fit that is more secure than the PVC cushion and has a lower profile on the face, the company adds. Grades in the series include a clear 8 Shore A compound and a translucent one with 18 Shore A hardness.

    [Image of a face mask assembly courtesy of TEKNOR APEX]

Daphne Allen

Daphne Allen is editor-in-chief of MD+DI. She previously served as executive editor of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, which serves as the pharmaceutical and medical device channel of Packaging Digest. Daphne has covered medical device packaging, labeling, manufacturing, and regulatory issues as well as pharmaceutical packaging for more than 20 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals's Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. Follow her on Twitter at @daphneallen.


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