Anaheim, Calif. — PolyOne Corp.'s robust Resilience HC rigid vinyl formulation helped bring Alliqua BioMedical Inc.'s UltraMist-brand ultrasound healing therapy system to the market.
PolyOne displayed the system at the UBM Advanced Manufacturing expo in Anaheim.
Publicly traded Alliqua of Yardley, Pa., owns and markets the system, but the project started under Celleration Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn. Alliqua picked up the project when it acquired Celleration in 2015.
Hospitals and other medical facilities are using more robust cleaning protocols to combat health care-associated infections, said Rob Mazzariol, PolyOne commercial development manager, who is based in Mississauga, Ontario. Stronger disinfectants can cause stress cracking in device housings.
Celleration approached PolyOne for help in late 2014. Production of the system began in March 2015 at Dynamic Group Inc. in Ramsey, Minn.
PolyOne's application development team compounded variations of the custom-color-matched formulation at its facility in Avon Lake, Ohio, incorporating additives with resistance to disinfectants, flammability and ultraviolet light.
Doug Duchon, now Alliqua research and development vice president, said in a statement that the project gained speed working with PolyOne and gaining access to its material, engineering and processing expertise.
In an interview, Mazzariol noted that PolyOne is working on comparable solutions with other original equipment manufacturers and has several projects “in the pipeline.”
Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne had 2016 sales of about $3.3 billion.