Medical Grade Resins are suitable for minimally invasive devices.

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Designed for medical device applications, including devices exposed short term to bodily fluids, Pebax® MED resins have passed USP Class VI biocompatibility testing and are sterilizable by EtO, gamma, and steam. Chemistries are also available in breathable films suited for thick coatings or laminates used in level 3 and 4 medical apparel applications, such as surgical gowns, masks, gloves, drapes, and wound dressings.



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Arkema Launches Medical Grade Pebax® Resin



Philadelphia, PA, USA - Continuing its commitment to medical industry, Arkema launches Pebax® MED resins for medical device applications. These grades represent the highest quality of Pebax® polymers for medical applications, including devices exposed short term to bodily fluids (<30 days). Effective January 1, 2011 Arkema will no longer offer standard grade Pebax® SA resins for any medical applications.

Pebax® resin has been a preferred material in medical devices, such as minimally invasive catheters for angioplasty, since the mid 1990's. Pebax® resin has gained recognition over other elastomers for excellent flexibility, kink resistance, torque transfer, and low coefficient of friction. Over recent years however, the functional and processing requirements for polymers have become more rigorous Arkema is introducing this new Pebax® grade as part of an ongoing commitment to the medical industry, offering a range of grades specifically intended for today's devices.

"Our highest quality Pebax® MED resin will be instrumental in helping OEMs meet the growing demands of minimally invasive and intravascular devices by improving product performance and manufacturing yields," says Basker Lalgudi, Arkema's North American Medical Market Manager.

All Pebax® MED resin grades have passed USP Class VI biocompatibility testing and are sterilizable by EtO, gamma and steam, key requirements for minimally invasive devices. Pebax® chemistries are also available in breathable films suitable for thick coatings or laminates used in level 3 and 4 medical apparel applications, such as surgical gowns, masks, gloves, drapes and wound dressings.

Arkema Inc. is a US manufacturer of Pebax® thermoplastic elastomer and markets its Pebax ® SA MED products in North America through its strategic partner Foster Corporation, a PolyMedex Discovery Group company (Putnam, CT, USA). To learn more about Pebax® MED grades, please contact Foster Corporation at (860) 774-1559 x116 or visit www.polymedexgroup.com.

A global chemical company and France's leading chemical producer, Arkema consists of three business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 13,800 employees, Arkema achieved sales of 4.4 billion euros in 2009. With its seven research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

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