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04-08-2014

Evonik Starts Medical Devices Project House in the USA

Evonik Industries, Essen, Germany, will launch the Medical Devices Project House early in April. The eleventh project house of Evonik has its main campus in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, along with a branch in Hanau, Germany) The aim of the new Medical Devices Project House is to develop new system solutions for medical technology and to expand the competencies of Evonik in the areas of biomaterials and polymers. Above all, it will address applications in implantology.

Dr. Peter Nagler, Chief Innovation Officer at Evonik, says: "In the new Medical Devices Project House, we are pooling and expanding the interdisciplinary competencies of Evonik in the area of medical technology and biomaterial research. By locating it in the USA, we are continuing to internationalize our R&D activities." "Our location in Birmingham places our research at the center of the highly attractive U.S. market with great proximity to our customers. At the same time, we benefit from the expertise of the Health Care Business Line of Evonik, which manages the site in Birmingham,” explains Dr. Rosario Lizio, who heads the Medical Devices Project House.

Medical implants made from Resomer bioresorbable polymers degrade completely and are excreted from the body leaving no trace behind  (figure: Evonik)

Medical implants made from Resomer bioresorbable polymers degrade completely and are excreted from the body leaving no trace behind (figure: Evonik)

The global medical technology market with a volume of EUR 300 billion is posting annual growth rates of 6 %. At 40 %, the USA accounts for a major proportion of this world market and U.S. companies hold leading positions, above all in the area of implantology. Additional important markets for medical devices include Europe and Japan. Evonik is already a provider of targeted specialty applications in the area of medical technology. Examples are Vestakeep PEEK and Resomer PLA, biocompatible synthetics for implant materials, and Vestamid Care, a polyamide molding compound that is used, among other things, as catheter material. Additional products for medical technology applications include PMMA and methacrylate copolymers, which Evonik supplies under the brand name Degacryl. They are used as a high quality raw material for bone cement and dental applications.

Project Houses as Part of Innovation

In the project houses, Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of Evonik, works together with several business units on a defined topic area. In a project house, experts from the participating business units generally come together for a period of three years and work jointly on the development topics of that particular project house. After the end of that period, the researchers return to their business units. The products and technologies developed in the project houses are typically marketed by a business unit. Since the year 2000, Evonik has created a total of eleven project houses.

Including the Medical Devices Project House, three project houses are currently active: The Light & Electronics Project House in Taiwan is researching new technologies and products for the display, LED, and lighting industry, and the Composites Project House in Marl, Germany, is dealing with new materials and system solutions for the lightweight construction sector.

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Evonik Industries AG

Kirschenallee
DE 64293 Darmstadt
Tel.: 06151 18-01
Fax: 06151 18-02

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