It took nearly 18 long Covid-19 riddled months, but in-person trade shows are back in the United States. In August, Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. DSM Engineering Materials was there in full force and excited to connect with industry partners and promote the recent launch of our medical CARE platform—a dedicated portfolio of advanced medical grade materials.
During the past 18 months, it is truly amazing how people across the globe seamlessly adapted to the virtual workplace, however meeting with old friends and new ones at MD&M instantly reminded me of how important face-to-face interaction is for connecting, innovating and partnering. As we met with our industry colleagues, these three key takeaways were top of mind:
Our new CARE portfolio of materials was well received at MD&M, and it seems that there are three reasons the industry is demanding new medical grade materials:
During all our discussions, sustainability was at the forefront—it is so much more than a buzzword in our industry, and MedTech companies are making strides in developing and executing impactful sustainability strategies. In my opinion, the medical industry has lagged behind other industries in adopting practical sustainability strategies, for two reasons:
Developing lower-profile devices is not a new industry trend, but with the increase in wearable devices, portable home health-care devices, and smaller interventional devices that give surgeons more treatment options, there was certainly an emphasis on this trend at MD&M.
Some of the technologies supporting the miniaturizing of devices were extremely fascinating. For example, ISOMETRIC Micro Molding shared some of their incredible capabilities with us, including a part they recently created that is 3-inches and has 175 micro- features that are 30 microns in dimension. Their ability to mold many different materials as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients, to tune the surface micro-texture and embed electrical circuitry in these tiny parts, opens a world of possibilities for device design. Just because these parts are small does not mean they are not relevant to DSM’s resin business. In fact, they have multiple product lines that reach an annual volume of more than 100 million parts.
Also, DSM has a long, successful history of supporting OEMs in the automotive and electronics industry to create smaller, lighter and more efficient products. Now with our new Medical CARE portfolio we can replicate these successful developments with our medical device partners.
24 August 2021
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Medical Market Development Manager
Mike Perillo-Gentile is the Medical Market Development Manager for Envalior; he is passionate about bringing value to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries through material science innovation. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in New York, Mike started his career in the medical device industry working in engineering and commercial roles for Zimmer-Biomet and Stryker. Mike also spent more than six years working for Envalior Biomedical as a Senior Manager of Commercial Development.
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