Invibio Biomaterial Solutions has entered a new collaboration with Paragon Medical, to manufacture composite PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced medical trauma devices.

Paragon Medical is a contract medical device manufacturer with expertise in high-precision manufacturing, advanced engineering and design support.

A part of British chemicals company Victrex, Invibio is engaged in the development of PEEK biomaterial solutions.

It has experience in collaborations related to design and process development of PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced device parts, with know-how and intellectual property (IP).

The company has developed novel materials and IP, to optimise the design and development of device components and support customers with regulatory approval.

Its collaboration with Paragon Medical will support the scale-up of high-quality PEEK-OPTIMA ultra-reinforced composite fracture fixation devices.

The partnership complements Paragon Medical’s recent expansion of dedicated space in its manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China, said Invibio.

Also, the collaboration will provide Invibio customers with additional medical composite manufacturing facilities to serve growing demand for these products.

Victrex CEO Jakob Sigurdsson said: “Paragon Medical will help us support manufacturing scale-up, and they bring an excellent reputation as one of the world’s premier medical contract manufacturers.

“We are delighted to work with them to grow the composite trauma space and to make it easier for medical device companies to adopt this technology.

“With a broad operating footprint in Europe, China and America, Paragon Medical are an attractive company to work with, dealing with evolving supply chain strategies within the medical device industry.”

In recent years, patient risk factors related to fracture healing such as diabetes, osteoporosis, or obesity have significantly increased, which in turn increased the challenges for traditional titanium plates and nails.

Using plates made from PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced materials is said to reduce the increased risk of delayed union or non-union.

PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra-Reinforced materials come with an increased fatigue lifetime and their stiffness can be customised.

PEEK-based medical devices have been successfully implanted for over twenty years, and are currently being used to treat a more challenging patient population.

Paragon Medical CEO Wil Boren said: “We are delighted to be working with Invibio to increase production of their innovative devices which can help to drive improved patient outcomes globally.”