3D Printer of PEKK Im­plants to ex­pand in Asia

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Supplier News -

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, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, Viet­nam, and In­dia. Man­u­fac­tur­ing in Ja­pan is ex­pected to be­gin late this year with prod­ucts for sale in Asia in 2019. OPM’s ma­te­rial of choice, PEKK (poly-ether-ke­tone-ke­tone), is os­teo­con­duc­tive and pro­motes bone-on­growth. PEKK was first de­vel­oped by DuPont, and OPM orig­i­nally qual­i­fied DuPont’s method of man­u­fac­tur­ing to make its own OXPEKK ma­te­rial. The com­pany re­cently patented its own method, OXPEKK LTS. OPM com­bines its OXPEKK ma­te­rial for­mu­la­tions with laser melt­ing ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nol­ogy to pro­duce 3-D printed Os­teoFab tech­nol­ogy for med­i­cal im­plants.

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