Himed and Alfred University’s New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC) entered a multi-year collaborative research agreement to advance and optimize techniques used in the production of calcium phosphate biomaterials.
Such materials play a role in the repair of hard tissues in applications ranging from dental and orthopedic implants to bone grafting and bone replacement.
“This is a terrific opportunity for academia and industry research collaboration, while supporting the growth of New York State’s biomaterials sector,” said project lead and Himed engineer Craig Rosenblum.
Himed will work with a team of professors and students at NYSCC’s Center for High Temperature Characterization, using facilities established with a $4 million investment from New York as part of a state-supported research system. The equipment and facilities will allow Himed researchers and Alfred students to explore heat treatments and materials characterization that may optimize the chemical and physical configurations of biomaterials, improving their ability to integrate with the body and ultimately, help patients heal.
“A successful partnership makes all parties stronger,” said Himed CEO Dana Barnard. “A business can learn more about cutting-edge science, the universities get feedback on what is driving the marketplace, and consumers gain access to new, practical technologies.”
A second phase of the collaborative research, slated to commence in 2022, will focus on the development of new biomaterial applications.
Mr. Rosenblum added, “I am excited to work with the students of Alfred University to share my experiences, learn from their techniques, and work together to solve real-world biomaterials challenges.”
Himed, located in New York, provides biomaterial solutions to global orthopedic and dental customers. Over 30 years of operation, Himed has developed proprietary processes for highly-customizable bioactive plasma spray coatings and other surface treatments. Additionally, Himed serves as a contract R&D partner, supporting clients as they develop new processes, new products and new biomaterial applications.