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Sabic Brings Carbon Composites to Medical Devices

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Ann R. Thryft
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I shoulda guessed
Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2014 3:31:42 PM
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Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised at this development, but somehow I never thought of carbon composites as useful in medical applications. The truth is, there are lots of machines and equipment of various types that can benefit from this material.



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Greg M. Jung   2/21/2014 10:41:01 PM
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Good information on the ability to sterilize the ULTEM polymer and I will keep this in mind for future applications.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/24/2014 4:37:05 AM
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Interesting story on the new materials being used in medical devices and the reasoning behind it. It's not a material I would've thought would have this application, either, Ann, but your article presents very clearly why it is working so well.

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FDA approved, but food grade?
TJ McDermott   2/24/2014 10:02:23 AM
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While the FDA may have approved these materials for use to sterilize surgical instruments, are the materials rated for food contact?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: ULTEM
Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 11:02:42 AM
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Glad this was useful for you, Greg.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 11:03:39 AM
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Elizabeth, I had a similar "what?!" response on seeing the press release about the carbon composites and brought that question to the interview. It does make sense from both the materials perspective and the application POV.



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Re: FDA approved, but food grade?
Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 11:05:39 AM
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TJ, the carbon composites are medical-grade materials, not food- grade materials, designed for less than 29 days of contact with the body. The other, non-carbon composite materials--ULTEM resin--used in the sterilization tray are for surgical instruments. That's not a food-grade material either.



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Elizabeth M   2/26/2014 4:58:11 AM
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As you have presented it, Ann, I completely agree. It makes a lot more sense once you learn more about it. Well done for presenting this so clearly.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/26/2014 1:41:24 PM
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Thanks, Liz. It seems like a no-brainer once you see the reasoning.



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