Penn State Erie has officially opened its new Medical Plastics Center of Excellence, aimed at educating students and helping companies develop new medical devices and packaging. The center held a grand opening ceremony on Oct. 26. The center is located on the first floor of the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, and it is adjacent to the school's 10,500-square-foot plastics processing facility. It includes a medical plastics lab that features an ISO Class 8 clean room, a 55-ton liquid silicone injection molder, a materials compounding extruder, autoclave sterilization, and injection molding machines with clamping forces up to 200 tons. "Our mission is to partner with companies to maximize medical device performance and lower the cost of healthcare," said Jason Williams, head of the Medical Plastics Center of Excellence, in a news release. More than 100 people attended the opening ceremonies, according to the Erie News-Times. The school invested $4.3 million to create the facility.
Penn State opens medical plastics center
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