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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

Brianna Sporbert

Brianna Sporbert is the Senior Director Services at Boyd Technologies and the principle trainer for Sourcebook™ Tutorials. Brianna is a Biomedical Engineer with a degree from Western New England University. Prior to joining Boyd Technologies she worked in research, cell culture and clinical laboratory settings at Nuclea Biotechnologies, and FloDesign Sonics. Brianna manages the development, training, and engineering support efforts for the Sourcebook™ material sourcing platform. She is an avid figure skater and coach.

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Vision for the Future: Smart Contact Lenses

 

 

Researchers are working to develop and fabricate soft, smart contact lenses by combining recent advances in wearable electronics with wireless communications. Their vision is to create a smart contact lens which is capable of monitoring the physiological information of the eye and tear fluid, to provide real-time, non-invasive medical diagnostics.

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ASTM Standards and Testing of Flexible Materials Used in Healthcare

 

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The ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing Materials, currently ASTM International) is an organization that develops and publishes consensus technical standards for a broad range of materials, products, services, and systems. Today over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally, helping to improve millions of lives every day. 

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Auxetic Materials Offer New Options in the Medical and Life Sciences Fields

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Auxetic materials are characterized by becoming thicker perpendicular to the applied force when stretched. This is caused by the way their particular internal structure is designed to deform and exhibit a negative Poisson's ratio. Scientists hope to exploit this effect to create new products, including body armor, joint replacements, stretchable electronics, electronic skin and more. 

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Technical Textiles in Bioprocessing Today

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By definition, technical textiles are materials and products manufactured primarily for their technical and performance properties rather than their aesthetic or decorative characteristics.  In the medical field, they incorporate current materials and technologies, such as synthetic fibers, with traditional medical devices and applications to create a new category of beneficial products. Today, cell-based therapies are emerging as a promising strategy to treat genetic, degenerative, and immunological disease. This innovation in medical science relies on next-generation technology to produce them in a safe and cost-effective manner.

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Innovative Thin Films for Drug Delivery

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Considerations for developing a new drug delivery platform include ease of use (self-administration, convenient to swallow), route of administration (oral, transdermal, injectable, etc.), and accurate dosage. An innovative alternative approach to conventional dosage forms is a novel drug delivery tool known as thin films.

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