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ComfortCoat® coating in coated catheters

Under one roof

In January, DSM Biomedical announced a partnership with Vention Medical. The partnership integrates the development, testing and application of DSM’s ComfortCoat® coating into the catheter manufacturing process, eliminating the need to transfer finished products to another supplier for development and coating application services.

DSM’s materials scientists and applications engineers work alongside Vention Medical’s device designers and operations personnel to produce coated catheters. The partnership now enables devices to be designed, assembled, coated and packaged under one single quality system and one roof. In doing so, work in process is kept to a minimum, the supply chain is streamlined, and quality control is optimized.

This collaboration offers device manufacturers an unmatched level of service and expertise – from raw materials science and technology innovation to component and device manufacturing, to operations management.

Dyneema Purity Radiopaque fiber contains a radiopacifier

X-ray visible UHMWPE fiber

In December 2015, less than a year after its release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Dyneema Purity® Radiopaque Cerclage Cable for use in orthopedic trauma treatment.

Dyneema Purity Radiopaque fiber contains a radiopacifier, which makes it the only UHMWPE fiber that is visible in x-ray images and capable of helping surgeons with medical device and implant visualization during and after surgical interventions. The fiber, which is 15 times stronger than steel but maintains high pliability and increased flexibility, will be used initially as a replacement for metal surgical cables used in procedures to treat bone fractures.

In contrast to steel, UHMWPE fibers conform directly to complex bone anatomy, reducing the risk of the cable cutting into the bone. The fiber is biocompatible and chemically inert, which can help reduce tissue inflammation, irritation and complications associated with metal allergies. In further contrast with steel, a cable construction made from UHMWPE fiber can be re-tensioned after primary fixation, without the need to start from scratch.