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The forthcoming Medical Design and Manufacturing ( MD&M) East trade show and conference, co-located with PLASTEC East , will showcase numerous examples of how plastics are helping to drive innovation in medical technology. Here are three examples; many more await at the event, which takes up residency at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, from June 13 to 15.

Evonik (Essen, Germany) announced that it will feature its transparent, high-performance Cyrolite compounds for medical device applications at booth 1948. Chemical resistant and BPA free, all material grades are engineered to withstand gamma, E-beam and EtO sterilization with no loss in properties.

Earlier this year, the company announced that its VestaKeep PEEK material was selected for the Kator suture anchor system used in rotator cuff repair and Achilles tendon reattachment. The system anchors experience high stress loads throughout the healing process, explained Surgical Frontiers, which markets the device. The company’s patented technology along with the PEEK polymer’s properties allow surgeons to repair torn rotator cuffs and reattach Achilles tendons using fewer suture anchors, thereby preserving more bone and improving blood flow available for tendon healing.

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