3D Printer of PEKK Implants Expanding in Asia

After receiving accreditation as a foreign medical device manufacturer by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM) has forged a partnership to establish manufacturing and marketing in Japan. Known for its 3D printed PEKK OsteoFab implants, its contract manufacturing services, and its OXPEKK materials technology, OPM has partnered with Tokyo-based materials supplier JSR Corp. (JSR) to form OPM Asia. The OPM Asia license includes Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and India. Manufacturing in Japan is expected to begin late this year with products for sale in Asia in 2019, the companies reported in a news release. “We are uniquely ready for Japan,” Scott DeFelice, OPM's chief executive officer, told MD+DI. “In Japan, they prefer not to use harvested bone or allografts, and they are very sensitive to metals. They have a deep appreciation for materials science, as they do in Singapore and China.” The news release also cited market growth in Asia, as its healthcare industry is expected to grow by 11.1% to $517 billion in 2018, according to Frost &Sullivan. OPM’s material of choice, PEKK (poly-ether-ketone-ketone), is osteoconductive and promotes bone-ongrowth, DeFelice said. It is biomechanically similar to bone. “If a material has the same modulus as bone, it does less damage and is healthier...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: 3-D Printing Source Type: news

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