Description:

NANOSTRUCTURING OF POLYMERS AND POLYMER COMPOSITES USING PRESSURE

INV-14027

INVENTORS: Thomas J. Webster

Description       

Bacterial infection is one of the biggest problems associated with currently used medical components and/or devices.  None of the existing technologies/mechanisms have been effective in fully addressing this issue.  This invention discloses a novel procedure for development of nanostructured features on polymer and/or polymer composites using pressure, effectively altering key cellular functions associated with such polymeric surfaces.

Value Proposition

The procedure:

•Is simple and inexpensive

•Enables creation of distinct polymer nano features that are capable of altering key cellular functions without using        pharmaceutical agents

•Is effectively used while a polymer is being extruded, cast molded, or produced

•Effectively changes the surface energy of a medical device, which in turn changes surface protein adsorption events

•Is capable of decreasing the bacterial functions by altering nano scale surface roughness alone

•Is free from potential side effects as associated with use of other therapeutic agents such as drugs

•Is effectively used during medical device or post medical device production, significantly enhancing its lifetime

•Would be commercially useful for fabrication of infection free medical devices such as catheters, endotracheal tubes, orthopedic implants, vascular stents, pacemaker leads, and cartilage implants

 

Intellectual Property status

Provisional Application 61/877,063

 

License status

Available for license

 

Patent Information:
Category(s):
Method
Nanotechnology
For Information, Contact:
Mark Saulich
Associate Director of Commercialization
Northeastern University
m.saulich@northeastern.edu
Inventors:
Thomas Webster
Keywords:
Method
Nanotechnology