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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

Brianna Sporbert

Brianna Sporbert is the VP of Engineering 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.

Recent Articles

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Technical Textiles in Bioprocessing Today

In Brief

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

In Brief

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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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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