Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany) opened its first application technology laboratory for medical devices in Shanghai, China, in August. A template for similar projects the company plans to roll out in other parts of the world, the laboratory will provide support to local medical device manufacturers developing products that incorporate Evonik polymers.
Evonik's Resomer and Resomer Select brands offer a range of biodegradable polymers used in orthopedic devices, including screws and plates. The polymers are resorbed within the body over a predetermined period of time that can range from six months to two years. This property eliminates the need for secondary surgery to remove the devices, reducing healthcare costs and improving quality of life for the patient.