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Since the advent of stainless steel in the early 20th century, the medical community has been well served by the use of corrosion-resistant metals in implantable devices, ranging from vascular stents to orthopedic screws. In some instances, however, leaving a metallic component in the body indefinitely may cause long-term complications. An ideal material would provide mechanical support while the body re-adapts and heals itself, and then harmlessly dissolve away. Absorbable polymers have decades of use in applications including sutures and orthopedics, but in general do not possess sufficient strength to replace corrosion-resistant metals. Nutrient metals (e.g. Mg, Fe, Zn) and their alloys have recently generated significant interest as high-strength alternatives to permanent metals and absorbable polymers. Because these metals are comprised of elements which are physiologically necessary, the body naturally has ways of absorbing them. Significant work is ongoing to ensure these absorbable metals are absorbed at an appropriate rate and in a manner which is both safe and effective. Join us for the August Life Sciences Lunch to learn more about absorbable metals.

Speaker:

  • Dr. Jeremy Schaffer, R&D, Fort Wayne Metals

When: Tuesday, August 18

Time: 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) Registration and Lunch | noon to 1 p.m. Presentation

Where: Barnes & Thornburg | 11 S. Meridian Street | Indianapolis, IN

Also available in other Barnes & Thornburg office in Chicago, and in cooperating facilities in Merrillville and New Albany.

Registration: btrsvp@btlaw.com

If you register and become unable to attend, please email jodie.daugherty@btlaw.com.

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