Whether braiding, knitting or weaving, Aran Biomedical has significant expertise manufacturing absorbable implantable textiles, such as absorbable mesh for hernia repair or absorbable sutures for sports medicine applications. Drawing on our biomaterials expertise, Aran Biomedical can tailor the material composition to meet specific customer requirements, such as biocompatibility, degradation time, and tensile strength. Selected yarns are characterised and carefully managed through fabric preparation, processing and post processing steps to ensure desired material properties are maintained throughout the development and manufacturing process. As part of our full product service offering, parts can then be supplied, packaged and sterilised.
Bio-XT – High Strength Resorbable Implants
Bio-XT is a proprietary biomaterial processing technology which significantly reinforces absorbable implants. The process is based on the optimisation of the material microstructure, in which the material is physically orientated and reinforced but chemically unchanged. Resulting performance gains are enabled through maximisation of the inherent material mechanical properties, which are compromised during standard processing such as injection moulding and extrusion.
Absorbable Coatings & Coverings
Absorbable implants that degrade over time to be replaced by native tissue are increasingly sought as a preferred solution to the conventional non-absorbable alternatives currently available in the market. The integration of absorbable materials into implantable devices can also offer short term functional benefits for implantable devices. Aran Biomedical employs its biomaterials expertise, along with processing and materials handling capabilities to custom design these absorbable implantable solutions. Smooth impermeable barriers made from resorbable materials can also be applied to medical fabrics or implantable devices, for example, to support short term haemostasis. Alternatively, electrospun fabric can be created using absorbable materials, to create a porous scaffold for tissue ingrowth.
Resorbable Material Management
Materials are controlled through a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS), to ISO standards, with activities carried out under cleanroom conditions. This ensures quality and trace ability from resin to finished device. In addition, Aran Biomedical uses the following systems to ensure consistent quality of resorbable materials:
- Degradation Control: Testing and characterisation of the material degradation profile is completed using viscometers and moisture titration equipment, while material quality during and after processing is maintained using vacuum ovens.
- Handing Facilities: resorbable materials are kept in cold storage and all units are vacuum sealed and packaged appropriately, to protect parts and maintain material integrity.