Plastics in Medical Devices 2011

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RoundTable's David Koo

October 6, 2011 6:00 am ET

In this video from PN’s recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference David Koo, a senior partner of RoundTable Healthcare Partners, offers merger and acquisition tips for medical-device manufacturers. Lake Forest, Ill.-based RoundTable is an operating-oriented private equity firm focused exclusively on the health-care industry.


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Sciessent's Joseph Geary

September 29, 2011 6:00 am ET

Embedding antimicrobials into medical devices could help stave off the more than 1.7 million annual infections introduced during health-care aid or hospital stays. In this video from PN’s recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference Joseph Geary, executive vice president of Sciessent LLC, explains the history, growing interest and nec...


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Battelle's Joel Elhard

September 8, 2011 6:00 am ET

Particles too small to be seen with the naked eye are among the most difficult elements to incorporate in medical device materials. In this video from PN's recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, Joel Elhard, senior research scientist at Battele Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, explains where researchers think nanoparticles are h...


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RTP's Mike Chappell

August 25, 2011 6:00 am ET

Winona, Minn.-based RTP Co. provides specialty thermoplastic compounds with conductive, structural, wear resistant, flame retardant, elastomeric, and color properties in over 60 engineering resins. In this video from PN's recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, Mike Chappell, color and additives marketing specialist with the firm, exp...


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PolyOne's Joe Kutka

August 11, 2011 6:00 am ET

PolyOne’s GLS unit has aimed five grades of its Versaflex-brand thermoplastic elastomers at the medical-tubing market. In this video from PN's recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, Joe Kutka, global market manager at PolyOne, discusses TPEs as well as markeplace concerns with PVC and plasticizers, and why device makers are loo...


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Eastman's Emmett O'Brien

July 28, 2011 6:00 am ET

Senior chemist Emmett O'Brien works to support Eastman Chemical Co.'s Tritan co-polyester. He knows a lot about how chemicals react with polymers, particular in medical devices. In this clip from PN's recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, O'Brien shares how strong disinfectants and other hospital chemicals resist polymers in devices...


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Boston Scientific's Ankit Gupta

July 14, 2011 6:00 am ET

Manufacturing engineer Ankit Gupta of Boston Scienftific Corp. is a proponent of of a "sustaining engineer" model, in which the goal for companies is to improve medical devices over a series of years in terms of patient safety, product quality, regulatory compliance, and business value rather than looking to shed older product lines, from which v...


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Czuba Enterprises' Len Czuba

June 30, 2011 6:00 am ET

In this latest Plastics in Medical Devices video, market veteran Len Czuba gives a rundown of material-related trends within the sector, identifying trends like using antimicrobials and good design to fight resistant infections, as well as the explosion in using plastics in orthopedic devices.


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Ximedica's David Fink

June 16, 2011 6:00 am ET

David Fink is vice president of product development at Providence, R.I.-based Ximedica LLC. In this video from PN's recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, he explains why closer FDA scrutiny of medical devices makes it imperative that designers take into account patient and caregiver understanding of their products, especially when i...


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Plas-Tech's Scott Smith on offshoring

June 2, 2011 6:00 am ET

Domestic medical molding vs. offshoring device production is a debate that continues to rage within the plastics industry. In a presentation taken from PN's recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, Scott Smith of Lake Geneva, Wis.-based Plas-Tech Engineering Inc. argues that North American firms like his have several distinct advantage...


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