Intertek expands medical polymer analysis capabilities

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  • Published: Oct 2, 2015
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Channels: HPLC / Base Peak

The UK testing and inspection company Intertek has announced the expansion of its polymer degradation analysis services for the medical device industry and its suppliers.

Many key components of medical devices are made from polymer materials. The stability or degradation characteristics of a polymer are key attributes in evaluating how suitable they are for use in such devices, as they can impact device performance. Controlled polymer degradation is desired for drug release in a drug delivery system, whereas, in contrast, degradation of a polymer component in a catheter, for example, can trigger a mechanical failure. For each function, it is important to fully understand the polymer material and the changes that can lead to degradation by studying the material using a combination of analytical techniques.

Intertek has recently expanded its polymer analysis capabilities through investment in advanced polymer chromatography with fraction collection (SEC-APC) and advanced analysis by matrix assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). These new capabilities augment its existing broad array of polymer analysis tools, which include size exclusion chromatography to evaluate polymer molecular weight and techniques to determine rheology, thermal degradation and structural identification.

Clients will benefit from being able to access, through Intertek’s expertise, a full understanding of polymer materials and polymer degradation. This knowledge can assist in the early detection of polymer failure, helping clients to monitor raw material lot-to-lot variability in relation to product performance.

‘Intertek engineers and scientists in combination with a broad array of analytical problem solving tools are available to respond to our customers’ questions relating to polymer degradation, helping them to optimize the performance of the medical device,’ states Paula McDaniel, business development director at Intertek.

Intertek’s polymer testing laboratories in Allentown (US), Basel (Switzerland), Geleen (Netherlands) and Wilton (UK) have worked with innovators in the polymer industry, as well as industries that use polymers such as the medical devices industry, for over 20 years. Intertek’s polymer engineers, chemists and regulatory experts work with clients to optimize polymer development and to enhance performance through advanced analytics, problem solving and pilot plant processing facilities.

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