August 2015 Life Science Lunch Video Presentation

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


The Indiana Health Industry Forum and Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner to present a monthly seminar series on critical issues in life science. Each month, at lunch, a policymaker or a panel in the field of life science will be available to answer questions concerning the major challenges and opportunities in the life science industry. We hope you will join us.

August Lunch Program

“It Does What?! Absorbable Metals and Their Medical Applications”
Since the advent of stainless steel in the early 20th century, the medical community has been well served by the use of corrosion-resistant metals in implantable devices, ranging from vascular stents to orthopedic screws. In some instances, however, leaving a metallic component in the body indefinitely may cause long-term complications. An ideal material would provide mechanical support while the body re-adapts and heals itself, and then harmlessly dissolve away. Absorbable polymers have decades of use in applications including sutures and orthopedics, but in general do not possess sufficient strength to replace corrosion-resistant metals. Nutrient metals (e.g. Mg, Fe, Zn) and their alloys have recently generated significant interest as high-strength alternatives to permanent metals and absorbable polymers. Because these metals are comprised of elements which are physiologically necessary, the body naturally has ways of absorbing them. Significant work is ongoing to ensure these absorbable metals are absorbed at an appropriate rate and in a manner which is both safe and effective.


Deborah Pollack-Milgate

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Presented By
Dr. Jeremy Schaffer

Fort Wayne Metals


A copy of Dr. Shaffer’s presentation is available – click here

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