02/11/2011

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Versaflex TPEs helps patients get a grip on syringe designed by Oxo

"Our TPEs excel in improving the user friendliness, ergonomics and safety of consumer products, from medical devices to tools to recreational equipment," said Rick Noller, director of global marketing, PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers.  "We're very pleased that our Versaflex material helped Oxo and UCB to address longstanding usability issues apparent with standard syringe design. With the strong trend toward greater use of home medical care, we foresee many new applications for GLS TPEs in medical devices, because our materials help empower patients to do more for themselves."The syringe has received numerous accolades for its design, including an Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation and a 2010 IDEA Silver award in the Medical category, and has been featured in Fast Company and Smart Design."Oxo is known globally for innovative household tools, but this was the first time we extended our equity into healthcare," said Alex Lee, President of Oxo. "One of the crucial elements in the development of the syringe was to accommodate users with different grip styles and strengths. GLS Versaflex TPEs enabled us to deliver on comfort, ease of use and a secure grip, as well as an attractive appearance. The outstanding design flexibility of the GLS thermoplastic elastomer played an important role in the success of our breakthrough concept, and its soft-touch grip is helping patients with the self-administration of their medication."GLS Versaflex OM 1060X-9 TPE helps with the usability, safety and precision of the device. The non-slip finger grip allows the syringe to be held steadily with various grip positions, even by individuals with arthritis in their hands, while the thumb pad provides cushioned, stable leverage that allows these patients to push the plunger with improved force and accuracy.

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