Evonik inaugurates medical devices laboratory in China

Evonik inaugurates medical devices laboratory in China

7:03 AM, 20th August 2015
Evonik inaugurates medical devices laboratory in China

ESSEN, GERMANY: Evonik Industries AG said it opened its first application technology laboratory for medical devices in Shanghai, China, to support medical device manufacturers using Evonik polymers in their projects.

“The market for medical devices is becoming increasingly important to our health care business, in particular in China, where we expect strong growth over the coming years,” said Dr Jean-Luc Herbeaux, head, health care business line, nutrition & care segment, Evonik.

Evonik’s Resomer and Resomer select brands offer a range of biodegradable polymers that are widely used in a variety of medical devices such as orthopedic screws, plates etc. Implanted devices designed with Resomer resorb without a trace in the body over six months to two years, eliminating the need for secondary surgery to remove the devices.

Main activities are expected to include selection of the most suitable Resomer product for the application, characterization of production process conditions (injection-moulding and extrusion) for successful design and scale-up, and finally manufacturing of technical samples for feasibility studies. “Our goal is to help our customers design and scale up medical devices faster,” said Herbeaux.

First customer projects will start in the coming weeks. New applied technology laboratories for medical devices are planned in other regions. Next planned opening is in Darmstadt, Germany to serve the European market.

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