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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

Kyla Nichols

Kyla Nichols is a Sourcebook Engineer at Boyd Technologies which involves onboarding new Sourcebook suppliers and providing sourcing support for subscribers. Kyla holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with a focus in biomedical materials. She participated in a research program at the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and was inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for work in collaboration with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling.

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Technical Primer - Plasticizers


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Plasticizers, when added to materials, make them more flexible and pliable as well as making them easier to process. In many medical and life science applications, these materials are vital to the effectiveness of the materials. Throughout these fields, there are many applications for plasticizers. Understanding these applications makes it easier to choose the right plasticizer for each material and application, ensuring more effective materials for use in these industries.

 

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Technical Primer - Foams


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Commercial production of polymer foam began in Europe in 1954, then moved to the United States shortly thereafter. In 1957, polyether polyols became part of the industry standard, reducing the costs of creating flexible foam materials and making it more accessible for a variety of purposes. Over the next two decades, this versatile substance found its way into a wide range of applications.

 

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Leachables and Extractables in Flexible Medical Devices - A regulatory overview

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Many factors affect the safety, suitability, and efficacy of the various medical devices used every day in the healthcare setting. Flexible medical devices are utilized both internally and externally. From tubes and drains, to bandages and tapes, they all must pass rigid testing standards that ensure patient safety.

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Choosing the Best Medical Tape - Silicone Vs. Acrylic

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Wound care presents many challenges to the medical professional. From the sheer variety of wound types to the differences among patients, a critical factor in all successful wound management is the correct selection and application of dressings. Additionally, the wound management plan encompasses treating the wound itself while also seeking to prevent infection and protect skin health and integrity.

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Technical Paper: A Key Component in Revolutionizing the Blood Draw Process

 

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Drawbridge Health has developed a new way to draw blood. The company founded by GE Ventures is in the final testing phases of an innovative blood collection device that can be used to draw blood anywhere, even at home. Point-of-care testing is nothing new, however, the ease of use and effectiveness of Drawbridge's tech is revolutionary.

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