Oct. 29, 2014

Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM), a leading materials and 3D printing company, today announced an extensive joint research program with Yale University to develop innovative and cost-effective 3D printed biomedical technologies and applications.

OPM has developed a range of advanced materials technology focused on the high performance polymer, poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK). The Yale-OPM joint research program will consist of ten distinct projects, featuring seven Yale faculty members, exploring a range of biomedical applications for 3D printing and PEKK.

OXPEKK Polymers

Projects include the development of new PEKK-based cranial and facial devices that support direct tissue attachment and 3D printed PEKK prosthesis for rib replacement. Projects also include 3D printed PEKK devices that deliver therapeutics for improved vertebral fusion as well as devices that deliver antibiotics to combat the pressing burden of implant associated infections.

"We are excited to announce this broad collaboration with Yale's distinguished team of biomedical engineering and clinical experts," said Dr. Adam Hacking, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Oxford Performance Materials. "Our comprehensive medical device development platform will support the innovation and dedication to improving patient care for which Yale and its faculty are recognized. Together, we foresee the development and delivery of new medical technologies and applications in ways that were previously not possible. "

Since 1999, the founders of OPM have been developing advanced applications of PEKK and proprietary manufacturing processes for biomedical, aerospace, and industrial products. In February 2013, OPM became the only company to receive FDA clearance to manufacture 3D printed polymeric implants for its PEKK cranial devices, and OPM received a second FDA clearance for its patient-specific facial implants in July 2014.

3D Printed OsteoFab Patient-Specific Facial Device

"PEKK is biocompatible, radiolucent, strong and durable. 3D printing enables the facile fabrication of complex geometries. In combination, these technologies present new and previously unavailable opportunities to develop and deliver customized, patient-specific therapies that are also economically viable," said Professor Mark Saltzman, PhD, Yale's Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Chair of Biomedical Engineering. "We are looking forward to working with Dr. Hacking and his team at OPM on these joint research initiatives that are designed to improve how personalized medicine is developed and delivered to patients."


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I would appreciate some assistance. In turn I might be of help to someone in the 3D medical field. I lost the cartilage in my right ankle in 2013. I let a podiatrist talk me into having him replace my ankle with a metal implant. It turned out to be a disaster. Had to have emergency surgery by second opinion doctor, was confronted with MRSA, overcame that, etc. etc. I am now walking around with an Orthosis and nothing inside where my ankle was. With al the work being done with bone replacement, growing tissue, cartilage, etc., I would be willing to submit myself to a responsible medical facility to perhaps help them on creating a new ankle. To whom would I address this question? Thank you, John Beam jcb704@hotmail.com

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