3D Printer of PEKK Implants to expand 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, 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.