October 18-21, 2015
Both gamma ray and electron beam irradiation are widely used as a means of medical device sterilisation. However, it is known that the radiation produced by both processes can lead to undesirable changes within biomedical polymers.
This presentation will aim to explain the collaboration between a steriliser contractor and a university to carry out some comparative study on the two key radio-sterilisation methods (gamma ray and electron beam) in order to identify the more detrimental process in terms of the mechanical, structural, chemical and thermal properties of a common biomedical grade polymer, Poly (ether-block-amide) (PEBA).
Therefore, this presentation will have two key elements:
- Part 1: The collaboration between industry and academia,
- Part 2: Presentation of the aforementioned study details, results and conclusions.
Olivier Vrain, "The Effects of Irradiation Technologies on Some Polymers commonly used in SUDs" in "Single-Use Technologies: Bridging Polymer Science to Biotechnology Applications", Ekta Mahajan, Genentech, Inc., USA Gary Lye, University College London, UK Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2015). http://dc.engconfintl.org/biopoly/4