The 2013 Medical Design Excellence Awards announced at MD&M East in Philadelphia this week reflect the growing importance of advanced materials technology in best-in-class devices.
The Best in Show Award presented at a ceremony Wednesday evening went to the GORE Septal Occluder, a cardiac implant that prevents shunting of blood between the right and left atria in the treatment of congenital heart defects. Defects are covered with an ePTFE membrane supported by a nickel-titanium alloy wire frame. Specialty catheters comprise the delivery system. It's manufactured by W. L. Gore & Associates (Flagstaff, AZ).
Plastics played a role, often critical, in the manufacturability and usefulness of virtually all of the 40-plus finalists in the medtech industry's leading awards program. They reflect the major trends under way in medical device design including application of digital technology, disposability, mobility, sustainability and integrated functionality.