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New High-Precision Equipment Enables Fine-Woven Grafts With Enhanced Strength and Lifelike Structure

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 3:45am
The Associated Press

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Biomedical Structures LLC (BMS), a developer of biomedical textiles

for medical devices and other advanced clinical applications, today

announced new capabilities for the high-precision development and

manufacturing of vascular grafts.

With the ability to taper very fine fabrics, BMS creates straight and

bifurcated tubes for woven grafts supporting endovascular stent

systems designed to prevent abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture, as well

as for other percutaneous coronary intervention stent procedures and

peripheral vascular grafts throughout the extremities. Tapered tubes

more naturally match human anatomy and allow device designers to marry

specific dimensions to aortic geometries to more closely mimic

functional shape.

BMS enables this device design with new weaving equipment for very

fine polyester, UHMWPE and other fibers. Fine-woven techniques enable

strength and flexibility while limiting stretch, which allows for

tempered movement and makes an ideal solution for vascular grafts

alongside the heart and throughout the body. According to a 2011

report, the peripheral vascular device market is expected to grow to

more than $7.1 billion by 2018, and will be fueled in part by the sale

of stent grafts. The market for stent grafts itself, which includes

abdominal aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic aneurysm stent grafts,

is estimated to almost double in value.

"BMS strives to consistently deliver on our commitment to expanding

our medical textile engineering capabilities for device OEMs looking

to more precise, tailored solutions," said BMS CEO Dean Tulumaris.

"Now device OEMs will be able to utilize vascular grafts with a very

specific geometry for successful stent support and more lifelike

properties. We will continue to enhance our capacity to handle very

fine bio-absorbable and permanent fibers and shape them to match human

anatomy as closely as possible within the body."

BMS offers expertise in knitting, braiding, weaving, nonwovens, and

composites, and utilizes a broad offering of biocompatible absorbable

and non-absorbable materials in devices, drug delivery and surgical

systems for orthopedic, cardiovascular, bariatric, cosmetic and

veterinary medicine applications.

About Biomedical StructuresBiomedical Structures LLC specializes in

the advanced design, development and manufacturing of biomedical

textiles for device manufacturers in the orthopedic, cardiovascular,

general surgery, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

markets. With specialized expertise in bio-polymer fabrication

techniques, Biomedical Structures is enabling innovative implantable

devices and other breakthrough medical applications. ISO 13485

registered, Biomedical Structures is a trusted outsourcing partner

providing a full line of services from concept design to full-scale

production, supply chain management, and post-manufacturing

sterilization and packaging. For more information, visit

www.bmsri.com(http://ctt.marketwire.com/?release859438&id1335733&type1&urlhttp%3a%2f%2fwww.bmsri.com).

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