Solvay, a supplier of advanced materials and specialty chemicals, announced a pair of advances that it hopes will help it expand its healthcare business.
Speaking yesterday at Solvay’s booth (#2414) at MD&M West, the company’s healthcare sales development manager Rose Catherin said the new materials will help improve the performance of specialty surgical devices including electrosurgery tools and robot surgical systems.
The first advance came in a partnership with Surgical Coatings, a medical device coatings company. Surgical Coatings will use Solvay’s KetaSpire PEEK powder to coat metal tubes used in electrosurgery.
Jonathan Thorne, chairman of Surgical Coatings, said Solvay’s line of KetaSpire PEEK coatings will allow devices to handle more energy during treatment. The PEEK coating also carries a higher biocompatibility than traditional coatings and can better withstand repeated cleaning and sterilization.