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Evonik inaugurates global medical device competence center in Alabama

Jolly Sunshine Limited | Updated: Apr 03, 2018

German materials company Evonik (Essen) has transitioned its temporary project house in Birmingham, AL, into a permanent global competence center as of April 1, 2018. The facility, operated by the company’s Health Care Business Line, will support innovation among medical device OEMs. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

During the past four years, more than 20 scientists have been working on the enhancement of existing materials and application technologies in the Birmingham-based project center, said Evonik in making the announcement. In addition to established technologies such as precision extrusion and injection molding, the project house used 3D printing and electrospinning to rapidly evaluate material properties and create prototypes. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

Evonik has a 40-year history in Alabama, mostly in the Mobile region. With the acquisition of SurModics in 2011, the company set up shop in Birmingham. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s reputation for medical research and investment made this part of the state very attractive, noted Evonik President John Rolando, as reported in Alabama NewsCenterGame supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.


“We want to position Evonik as a leading material supplier and development partner when it comes to patient-friendly medical device solutions,” said Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of the Evonik Executive Board. “The project house has advanced our knowledge a great deal in this field.” Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

“The know how and competencies developed over the course of the last four years will enable us to become a leading provider of innovative biomaterial and application technology solutions and to better support our medical device customers in their innovation journey,” added Jean-Luc Herbeaux, Senior Vice President and Head of the Health Care Business Line at Evonik. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

The competence center complements the other established application laboratories in Shanghai, China and Darmstadt, Germany, that support customer projects across key international markets. The technical equipment allows for manufacturing and testing prototypes made from new materials—not just in extrusion and injection molding processes, but also in 3D printing. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

Herbeaux thinks 3D printing has a bright future in the medical device space. “We want to support the industry with its need for printable medical-grade polymers so patients with cranial or facial injuries, for example, can receive customized implants,” he said. “So far, surgeons can only choose from a selection of standard sizes.” Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

Evonik’s Health Care Business Line supplies biodegradable polymers based on poly-lactic-glycolic acid, which are marketed under the Resomer name. Medical device manufacturers use the material to produce items such as screws, pins and small plates for the treatment of bone fractures and tendon ruptures, but also biodegradable stents. The body absorbs the implants after a specified period of time, which means that no follow-up surgery is required to remove them. Stents lower the risk of recurring vascular occlusion. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

The company has begun construction of a new Resomer production facility nearby. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.

The High Performance Polymers Business Line will be the second key sponsor of the competence center. Its biocompatible VestaKeep polyether ether ketone is used for spine, mouth, jaw and skull implants that are designed to remain in the body and replace metal implants. Game supply and game card sleeve and trading card sleeve and soft card holder.