Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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6800 N. Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266 



  Christie Robinson, M.Ed.
  Director of iLearn Innovation Institute                        ACE Products & Consulting LLC 

Chemistry and Technology of Polymeric Materials Used in Medical Devices 

Intended for newcomers to the medical device industry, this course introduces FDA and EU regulations as related to medical devices including definition of key terminology, overview of GMP, device classification, listing and approval processes and how to navigate the FDA website to access key resources provided. A broad range of materials are discussed. This includes conventional elastomers such as silicones, natural and synthetic polyisoprene, and polyisobutlyene; thermoplastic elastomers such as TPEs, TPVs, POEs, Copolyamides and TPUs. Engineering plastics such as polyesters, nylons, acetals, polycarbonates, conventional polyolefins and cyclic polyolefins are discussed. Applications identified include orthopedic devices, ophthamolics, viscoelastic gels, catheters, tubing, stoppers, drapes, syringes, transdermal drug, medical machinery parts and the like.

Tour: There will be an optional tour of the ACE Products & Consulting LLC facility during the day.

Cost: $725

Instructor: David Russell, Consultant

Hotel Information: ACE Products & Consulting LLC has a negotiated rate of $119 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center. You can call the hotel directly at (330) 346-0100 or reserve online at www.kentstatehotel.com and use promotion code ACE for our rate.

Instructor Bio:

Dave Russell is a graduate of the University of Akron where he studied Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry and Polymer Science.  Dave has worked in the polymer industry for over 40 years working for companies like Goodyear Synthetic, Eaton Corp, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc, Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Smithers Scientific Inc, Citrics Biomedical Inc, Biomerics LLC, Theken Spine LLC and Integra Life Sciences Inc. 

Dave’s has extensive experience an all levels of business from bench chemist to CEO operating: materials R&D labs, compounding plants, polymerization units, quality organizations and entire businesses.  After 15 years with Eaton’s Engineered Polymer Products Division he returned to UofA to study Polymer Science then in 1992 formed Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc. 

In 2003, after selling Akron Polymer Laboratory Inc, Dave formed Akron BioMaterials Inc. a business specializing in medical grade polymeric materials.  Most recently, Dave sold the assets and know-how of Akron BioMaterials Inc to Biomerics LLC a supplier of medical grade polymerics, catheters, and injection molded products. 

Dave’s bibliography includes multiple patents and publications in the areas of polyurethanes, high energy radiation crosslinking, spine implants, bone grafts, nano- materials, and anti-microbials.