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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

Brianna Sporbert

Brianna Sporbert is the Senior Director Services and has been with Boyd Technologies since 2014. In her current role, she oversees commercialization of new products, the material sourcing and product development platforms, and enacting the company’s strategic growth plan. Brianna received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Western New England University. Previously, she worked as a research and development engineer with Flo Design Sonics where she assisted in the development of a novel acoustophoretic liquid filtration system that focused on blood filtration and biopharmaceutical processing. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching figure skating at the local rinks and mentoring young women in STEM.

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Functionalizing Foams Used in Medical Applications

In Brief

Many factors drive the advancements in wound care and the use of flexible materials in the medical field. Three major sectors are the aging population, increased incidences of type 2 diabetes, and emerging global economies. According to a new report published by Zion Market Research, global demand in the advanced wound care management product market is projected to grow at a rate of 6.4% through 2022. This will result in an estimated revenue of around $15.8 billion USD.

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Technical Primer - Nonwovens


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Nonwoven fabrics have a long history. Even nature has examples of nonwoven fabrics: silk cocoons and spider webs, for example. Sumerians have been described as creating felt using wool as early as 4000 BC. The modern nonwovens industry, however, arose in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1938, artificial leather was created and sold for the first time. 1942 saw the introduction of the term “nonwoven fabric” and its wide use across the industry. By 1947, disposable diapers had been produced using nonwoven technology.

 

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Polymer Basics for Polyvinyl Chloride


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Polyvinyl chloride is the most widely used plastic material in medical applications. It has a low cost, is easy to process, and can be tailored to yield the desired properties. Often times PVC by itself is not very useful, however heat stabilizers, plasticizers, and various polymers can be added so that the material gains a diverse range of properties from rigid to flexible. Polyvinyl chloride is used in different medical applications such as dialysis bags, surgical drapes, blister packaging, and oxygen face masks.
 
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Polymer Basics for Polyurethane


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Polyurethanes are polymers made up of long chains, with the base monomer being composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. There are various types of polyurethanes, with each individual type yielding different properties. Polyurethanes may come in the form of rigid or flexible foams, adhesives, coatings, or as a thermoplastic polyurethane.  Overall, polyurethanes have excellent toughness, clarity, low-temperature flexibility, and are biocompatible. Polyurethanes are used in applications such as blood bags, pacemaker leads, body and limb prosthesis, and acetabular cups.
 
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Polymer Basics for Polystyrene


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Styrene is primarily used in the production of polystyrene plastics as well as many other specialty plastics and synthetic rubbers. Polystyrene is produced by free radical vinyl polymerization from the styrene monomer. Polystyrene has a low cost, low density, clarity, and dimensional stability. This material comes in two forms; crystal polystyrene and high impact polystyrene. Polystyrene is used in applications such as petri dishes, sterilization trays, and pipettes.
 
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