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New release of Materials for Medical Devices Database

9 October 2007

ASM International of Ohio and Cambridge, UK-based Granta Design have announced substantial enhancement to the Materials for Medical Devices Database. The database now has an orthopaedic module to help designers of spinal implants research predicate devices and gain valuable insights in product development. The initial database module supporting cardiovascular device design has also been significantly enhanced.

The new Materials for Medical Devices Database: Orthopaedic Module initially focuses on spinal implants. The module has records for nearly 1,200 devices for spinal interlaminal fixation orthosis, spinal intervertebral body fixation orthosis, and pedicle screw spinal systems.

Records are being continuously built out to include information on device applications and constituent materials, drugs, and coatings. Each material, drug, or coating is linked to further records providing data on mechanical and engineering properties, materials producers, and specific material grades, enabling device designers to rapidly acquire information to support device design, materials screening, and various regulatory filings. Future releases will extend coverage into other orthopaedic applications.

Over 1,600 additional device records have been established in the existing cardiovascular module, a source of mechanical, physical, biological response, and drug compatibility properties for the materials and coatings used in cardiovascular device applications. Records for key materials have also been updated.

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