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Polymer Compatibility Aids in Rapid Time-to-Market

Mon, 08/15/2005 - 9:04am
Airways Development LLC (Kenilworth, NJ) chose Cyrolite GS-90 acrylic-based multipolymer compound for molding the neonatal swivel connector on its Clarissa Infant Nasal CPAP assembly. The Clarissa is a continuous positive airway pressure device used for treating neonatal and infant patients in hospitals and other institutional environments. The swivel connector adjusts to patient movements, preventing any discomfort or danger while the device is in operation.

The GS-90 polymer met the company's need for a transparent compound that was tough, bondable, and easy to process. In addition, because it is contact compatible, it helped the company win quick approval from the FDA to market the device in the U.S. Using materials such as polypropylene-based compounds would have delayed FDA approval due to biocompatibility challenges. Said Robert Landis, vice president of product development for Airways Development, "Its biocompatibility data helped expedite the FDA approval process, and we were able to bring a safe product to market more quickly."

Information: www.cyro.com and www.airwaysdevelopment.com.
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