The Polymer Core is staffed with experts who provide innovative support in medical device design, prototyping, and testing of polymeric and biological materials.
Showcase of Ongoing Projects in Polymer Core
The Polymer Core personnel have interdisciplinary skills and expertise in other areas including biochemistry, bioengineering and mechanical engineering. This diversity enables them to translate physicians’ novel ideas or needs into solid medical device designs and prototypes.
Transcatheter Mitral Stent/Valve Prosthetic
This project was directed by Dr. Navia with Product Development Funds provided by the GCIC. MDS worked closely with physicians, the animal study team, and with external companies. This is one of the many projects in which the Polymer Core has held a key role. The project objective was to design a valve stent that can be delivered via a catheter system into the mitral valve annulus rather than having open heart surgery. The valve stent is place over the diseased native valve.
We have participated in projects to manufacture items as diverse as components for artificial heart programs including pump diaphragms, inflow and outflow cannulas, heart valves, sewing cuffs, casting and ejection molding, blood pump housing and fittings.
The Polymer Core has been involved in various projects in the area of cardiovascular disease. The team has extensive experience in designing and developing medical devices for heart surgery, valve repair and replacement.
The Core engineers have expertise in dip coating, spin casting, gravity-fed casting in customized short run tooling, compression molding, injection molding, 3-D rapid prototyping, various coating techniques and basic plastics machining, as well as hand lay-up work.