Brian Curtis

Foster Corporation Enters Into Partnership With Aran Biomedical To Market Protex Med Implantable Grade PP

Foster strives to be the leader in market development for highly specialized resins in the medical device industry. PUTNAM, CT USA – (November 24, 2020) – Foster Corporation (Foster), a leader in polymer solutions for medical device and pharmaceutical applications, is excited to announce a new business relationship with Aran Biomedical (Aran). Aran, located in …

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Foster Corporation Enters Into Partnership With Liochem, To Expand Medical Color Masterbatch Capability

LioChem’s Lioplax MD color masterbatch products, capability, and expertise will allow Foster to offer increased service levels, larger order capabilities, and expanded expertise in critical color matches for the medical market PUTNAM, CT USA – (February 12, 2020) – Foster Corporation, a leader in polymer solutions for medical device and pharmaceutical applications, is pleased to …

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Arkema Expands Its Polymer Range for the Medical Market with the Introduction of Kynar® MED PVDF

With a proven legacy in high performance materials for medical applications, Arkema now announces the expansion of its technical polymer range dedicated to this market to include select Kynar® PVDF resins. The introduction of Kynar® MED PVDF will enable Arkema to support its customers in developing high performance products within this rapidly growing market sustained …

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Foster Corporation Introduces Newest ProPell™ “T” Translucent Compounds

PUTNAM, CT, USA – (September 13, 2018) – Foster Corporation, a leader in polymer solutions for medical devices, introduces its newest technology with ProPell™ “T” which offers lower lubricity and translucency in medical device components when added to lower durometer TPU and Pebax* polyamide elastomer compounds. Similar to the existing ProPell™ product line, ProPell™ “T” offers …

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Foster Appointed Distributor of Repsol Polyolefins

PUTNAM, CT USA – (March 23, 2018) – Foster Corporation, a leader in polymer solutions for healthcare markets, has been appointed distributor of Repsol’s healthcare polyolefins portfolio: polypropylene, polyethylene and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers for the North American healthcare markets effective January 1, 2018.  Repsol Healthcare® medical grade polyolefins are used in a wide range of healthcare …

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FDA Biological Testing of Medical Device Materials

Prior to marketing a device, the FDA requires biological evaluation to determine potential toxicity resulting from contact of component materials with the body.  The intention of such testing is to ensure device materials do not produce adverse local or systemic effects; are not carcinogenic; or, do not produce adverse reproductive and developmental effects. The specific …

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Thermoplastic Polyesters in Medical Devices

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is most commonly used in medical devices such as sutures and implantable textiles.  Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), an alternative thermoplastic polyester, is also used in medical devices such as injection molded connectors for pulse oximeters, tips for electrosurgical instruments and clips for breathing masks. Polyesters are produced by reacting terephthalic acid with alcohol. …

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Fluoropolymers in Medical Catheters

Fluoropolymers are commonly used for the construction of medical catheters.  Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is the material of choice for low friction, inner liners of guide catheters used in cardiology and neurology.  Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) is used for vascular access sheaths and shrink tubing. Although used in state-of-the-art medical devices, these materials are not new.  The …

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Nano Reinforcement of Medical Polymers

Enhancing strength and rigidity of polymers used for non-medical applications is often achieved by adding glass, carbon, and other fibrous materials to the polymer during melt compounding.  These fillers are too large for the extremely small geometries and thin wall sections of minimally invasive medical devices.  In such applications, nano clay reinforcement of polymers is …

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