care rules are already starting to impact materials used in the medical market.
One of the
leading examples is a new technology to fight the spread of hospital
infections. Evonik Cyro introduced a clear compound with a patent-pending antimicrobial
agent at Medical Design & Manufacturing West this week in Anaheim, CA.
customers have been approaching us asking us to develop this type of
technology," says Peter D. Colburn, director of business development and
innovation at Evonik Cyro.
Medicare said it would no longer pay hospitals for additional costs to treat
hospital-acquired infections. The new rule triggered strong interest in
technologies that would combat bacteria on medical equipment. Colburn says
Evonik needed to develop a new technology to meet tough standards, such as a
Japanese test called JIS Z 2801.
compound from Evonik Cyro, called Cyrolite Protect, is an acrylic-based multipolymer
compound that uses a proprietary silver-based antimicrobial agent. The
technology was developed in the company's labs in Wallingford, CT.
is available in a transparent green tint in pellet form. It has mechanical
properties required for its target applications, which include Luer connectors,
spikes, Y-sites, check valves and filter housings.
was expressly designed for FDA-regulated Class I or Class II medical devices
covered by 501 (k) submission. Evonik Cyro expects the materials to be used in
place of existing acrylic compounds, polycarbonate or PVC.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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