Developing biodegradable 3D printing composites for bone fracture implants

evonik-developing-biodegradable-3d-printing-composites-bone-fracture-implants-5Evonik, a German speciality chemicals company, is conducting research on new biodegradable 3D printing materials which could be used in the fixation of fractured bones. The composite materials could eventually replace the metals traditionally used to fabricate implants.

Implants, which help to support broken bones as they heal, have traditionally been made from metals. While this makes the implants strong and resilient, it also means that they have to stay in a body for the rest of a patient’s life unless removed via surgery. While there are advantages to metal implants, medical researchers are constantly looking for more suitable materials which can be more easily absorbed by the body. Evonik, a German chemical specialist which last week announced details of its 3D printing materials partnership with HP, is a company on the lookout for such materials, and is currently conducting research on new composite materials from which next-generation 3D printed implants can be fabricated.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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