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Anatomy of a Lateral Flow Test Strip

In Brief

Lateral flow test strips are simple, easy to use devices that can detect the presence or absence of a target analyte (chemical or substance) in a specimen provided by a patient. These tests are typically used at point of care (medical office), at home, or in the laboratory. They are valued for being low-cost, simple, rapid and portable.

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New Challenges to The Shrinking of Medical Devices

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The sizes of medical devices are consistently trending smaller, a trend that is making a huge difference in the healthcare industry. These devices, including pacemakers, stents, lenses, cochlear implants, implantable glucose monitors, and infusion pumps create substantial improvements to patient care. Advanced flexible materials have powered these product improvements, however, there are some trade-offs and a few challenges with this trend. The following are a few things to consider about the shrinking medical device revolution.

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Single-use Technologies in Biopharma

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According to BCC Research, the global single-use technology market is forecasted to grow to more than 11% by 2019. The most significant increase will be in the highly adaptable disposable mixing system segment. Mixing systems are used in every form of biopharmaceutical production as well as through stages of testing. The SUT market is expected to reach $301.3 million by 2019.

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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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