Unlock your medical device’s potential by choosing the right silicone adhesive

From implantable medical devices to external insulin pumps, medical device engineers can choose from a wide range of off-the-shelf and customized silicone adhesives for many applications. [Photo courtesy of NuSil Avantor]

The right high-purity silicone adhesive can optimize medical device manufacturing and have a life-changing impact on patients.

By James Darlucio, NuSil Technology — part of Avantor

From next-generation prostheses to cutting-edge diabetes care, medical device manufacturers are at the forefront of developing innovative technologies that have the potential to change and save patients’ lives.

Various materials and components come together to form the device. For many manufacturers, silicone is an ideal adhesive to use in device assembly due to its proven biocompatibility, ability to bond to various substrates, and stability over a wide range of conditions.

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What is a self-lubricating liquid silicone rubber?

From innovative new cancer therapies to pioneering diabetes care, self-lubricating LSRs may be the right choice to efficiently manufacture medical devices that make a life-changing difference in patients’ lives. [Photo courtesy of Avantor]

By Alexander Santayana, Nusil — a brand of Avantor

From well-established biocompatibility to robust performance characteristics, silicone offers medical device manufacturers a unique engineered material ideal for these applications. One type, self-lubricating liquid silicone rubbers (LSRs), provides an excellent medical-grade material that can solve manufacturing challenges and increase device performance.

These elastomers contain a built-in lubricant that, over time, elutes to the molded part’s surface. For medical-grade LSRs, this lubricant offers many of the same properties as the elastomer, such as inertness or biocompatibility. In addition, the lubricant can be fo…

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Avantor launches line of robotic tips for applications spanning cell biology and proteomics

The chemicals and materials specialist Avantor (NYSE:AVTR) has debuted J.T.Baker robotic tips for robotic liquid handling and research workstations.

The company says the new tips offer high precision and reliability.

Avantor will employ an independent test lab to verify the robotic tips are free of DNase, RNase, ATP and pyrogens.

The company will offer the robotic tips in two formats.

The first includes conductive tips that support the sampling of small liquid volumes with high precision without contamination. Included in this format are Hamilton- and Tecan-type compatible with a variety of robotic workstations.

J.T.Baker robotic tips

The second format spans clear robotic tips that optimize the performance for sample preparation and drug discovery applications. In addition, the transparency supports the visual recognition of foam to optimize sampling.

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Avantor acquires RIM Bio to bolster presence in Asia

The chemicals and materials specialist Avantor (NYSE:AVTR) has acquired RIM Bio, a China-based manufacturer of single-use bioprocess bags and assemblies for biopharmaceutical applications.

The acquisition gives Avantor its first single-use production faciliaty in Asia and doubles its global single-use cleanroom space. Avantor also has single-use manufacturing facilities in the Americas and Europe. 

The RIM Bio purchase also gives Avantor access to proprietary technology for single-use products used in bioprocessing manufacturing.  

RIM Bio offers an array of single-use products that it manufactures in Class 10,000 cleanrooms. 

“Adding RIM Bio enables Avantor to better serve our customers by expanding our single-use manufacturing, distribution, and cleanroom capabilities to the [Asia, Middle East and Africa] AMEA region,” said Ger Brophy, executive vice president, biopharma production at Avantor, in a statement. “RIM serves as an anchor for us to b…

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