To encourage faster bone healing with orthopedic medical devices, bioresorbable polymers are engineered to have mechanical properties to match the natural bone and minimize stress shielding. For some bone fixation medical devices such as interference screws, suture anchors and fracture plates, composite materials with osteoconductive properties can provide the perfect biomaterial solution. For other challenging applications where mechanical strength must be combined with rapid degradation, a new platform of PLA-PEG copolymers represent an attractive opportunity. Evonik experts provided an overview of the bioresorbable portfolio for various medical device applications that can also be tailored to application needs. Topics include:
- Key polymer property requirements for orthopedic devices
- The use of osteoconductive composites with bone fixation devices
- PLA-PEG copolymers for applications that require rapid degradation
- Custom polymers and application services
Experts featuring this session
Director Strategic Marketing Medical Device Solutions
Evonik Health Care
Balaji Prabhu is the Director of Strategic Marketing, Medical Device Solutions at Evonik. He is responsible for managing strategic growth of the Medical Device Biomaterials portfolio. Formerly as Director of Innovation, Balaji was one of the key contributors in the competency building for the Medical Device Competence Center (MDCC) in Birmingham, Alabama which is also the 3D printing Center of Excellence for bioresorbable polymers. Balaji has more than 15 years diverse experience in medical device and biomaterials space in various leadership roles from concept to commercialization. He holds graduate degrees in Materials Science Engineering, Executive Technology Management, and an Executive MBA in Innovation & Technology Management.
Dr. Cécile Boudot
Head Application Technology Biomaterials Medical Devices
Evonik Health Care
Cécile Boudot studied mechanical engineering in a binational diploma program at Arts et Métiers ParisTech in France and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. In the scope of her PhD studies at the Institute of Medical and Polymer Engineering of the Technical University of Munich, she worked on the development of implantable catheter systems based on silicone elastomer. She continued her research activities at the Centre of Advanced Composite Materials, University of Auckland in New Zealand, and worked on the processing of biodegradable polymeric stents based on polylactic acid blends. Cécile joined Evonik in 2017 and is responsible for the application technology for medical devices in the EMEA region.
Recent advances in biomaterials are helping to enhance the safety, biocompatibility and performance of implantable medical devices across a range of application areas, and also accelerate speed to market. As a global leader for bioresorbable polymers, surface modification technologies and application services, we hosted a special webinar series featuring some key opinion leaders.
Entitled “Biomaterial solutions for implantable medical device applications”
, the series covered a range of topics that are of growing interest to medical device companies across application areas including orthopedics, wound healing and cardiovascular care. Each live webinar was short, focused and gave participants an opportunity to ask questions directly to our experts.
Other webinars which were part of the series are: