CLEVELAND—Transparent communication and high-tech improvements highlight a polymer technology designed to increase patient safety and prolong the functional life of medical devices derived from it.
Lubrizol Life Science Health expanded its partnership in May with B. Braun, an international medical technology and pharmaceutical company, to produce a patented thermoplastic urethane designed to provide a more reliable device that works inside of a patient with health needs, according to Darren Tuel, LLS Health senior director of strategic marketing.
LLS Health is known for manufacturing and distribution of its TPUs for a wide variety of products in health care and other industries. Some of its medical polymers are highlighted on the company's website.
"One of the issues of adding a medical device inside someone's body for a long time is that when you introduce that foreign (object) there can be a reaction to make it less usable," Tuel said. "The goal with this is to lessen the impact of someone having this type of reaction."
This patented TPU also is made to "deliver breakthrough solutions and effective technologies aimed at improving patient safety and clinical outcomes," Tuel added.
LLS Health and B. Braun have had a long-standing relationship over the years, but this current effort was born from a need to better relate to each other's goals and strategic focus, Tuel said.
"Safe and efficient new products are not only based on intelligent design, but also on innovative materials," Meinrad Lugan, a B. Braun board member, said in a statement. "With Lubrizol Life Science, we found a strategic partner with unmatched experience and know-how who will support us to develop the next generation of medical devices optimizing treatment efficiency and effectiveness as well as patient safety."
While there are elements of this partnership, particularly as it relates to product specifics that neither company will release publicly, there is an enhanced transparency between the two partners relating to manufacturing processes, use of technology and more. It has made for a more productive working relationship, and a more seamless manufacturing process, the companies said.