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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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Flexible Printed Circuit Boards in Medical Device and Life Sciences Today

In Brief

Flexible circuitry has been around for 115 years and its versatility across industries is unparalleled. Its uses and applications seem almost limitless. In fact, the demands of healthcare alone are driving innovations in this field at a rapid pace.

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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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Hurricane Harvey's Disruption and Ongoing Impact to Film Supply Chain

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Almost six months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Houston, Texas metro area, countless business and economic sectors are still trying to recover. How quickly they recover has been in large part due to the repair and continuity of the supply chain.

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Functionalizing Foams Used in Medical Applications

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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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