After four years of development, Evonik introduced an antimicrobial acrylic to the medical device industry at MD&M West, hosting device OEMs and their suppliers at a breakfast event launching the new material. Cyrolite Protect is described by the company as an acrylic-based multipolymer compound designed for FDA-regulated Class I or Class II medical devices and covered by 510(k) PMN submission.
Evonik's initial target applications include luer connectors, spikes, Y-sites, check valves, and filter housings. After consulting its customers, the company tested the new compounds to a Japanese standard, the JIS Z 2801 protocol. Under this test method, parts made from the resin are placed in a petri dish with live bacteria for either 24- or 96-hour durations. The bacteria tested were staphylococcus aureus, klebsiella pneumoniae, pseudomonas aeruginosa, and staphylococcus epidermis, giving results against two gram-positive and two gram-negative bacteria....