F04 Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices

    Title: Workshop on the Use of Absorbable Polymers for Medical Devices

    Dates: Tuesday May 12 2020

    Location: Boston Marriott Copley Place; Boston, MA

    Event Name: May 2020 Committee Week

    About The Event

    Registration Information

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Hotel Information

    Dress and Weather

    Future Meeting Dates

    Miscellaneous


    About the Event

    Abstracts for presentation are invited for the Workshop on the Use of Absorbable Polymers for Medical Devices to be held Tuesday, May 12, 2020. This workshop is sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices and will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, MA, in conjunction with the May standards development meetings of the Committee.

    Objective and Scope

    First introduced 50 years ago in the form of synthetic absorbable sutures, absorbable medical devices are an increasingly important segment of the medical device market. Driven by numerous companies seeking to grow their market position through introduction of new absorbable products, the last decade has produced the greatest growth and variety in product development and market introductions. However, these devices, which by their very nature are not stable, present unique challenges in device development, manufacturing, and packaging.

    This workshop is designed to describe current and upcoming applications and trends in the use of absorbable polymers in medical devices, as well as to provide a forum to discuss the special considerations required of this this material set. Ultimately, the workshop’s goal is to identify current issues (both technical and clinical) and identify related needs for new standards that both guide and address these absorbable-specific considerations. Consequently, researchers, regulators, and industry representatives are encouraged to submit abstracts describing their work towards designing, developing, and/or evaluating partially or entirely absorbable medical devices. Specific topics of interest and potential standards development activities include:

    • Chemical (e.g. molecular weight), biological (e.g. biocompatibility), and physical (e.g. crystallinity) evaluation of absorbable polymers and devices
    • Storage and preservation of absorbable polymeric products
    • Use and risks of additives in absorbable polymeric products
    • New materials development
    • Accelerated and Real Time shelf stability challenges
    • Accelerated and Real Time degradation modeling challenges
    • Sterilization considerations and challenges

    Registration Information

    Registration information will be posted at a later date.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman Scott Taylor Poly-Med, Inc., Anderson, SC, USA, Email: Scott.Taylor@Poly-Med.com, tel: +1 864-723-0708; or Workshop Co-Chairman Byron Hayes, W.L. Gore Associates, Inc., Newark, DE, USA, Email: bhayes@wlgore.com, tel: +1 928-864-3292.


    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at The Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02116.

    Hotel Reservations: The May Committee Week hotel provides prime meeting space for your committee meetings, events and activities. ASTM International is legally bound to fill the contracted guest room block and an inability to fill the block will result in severe financial penalties which could affect negotiations and increase costs for future meetings. Please support ASTM International by reserving your sleeping room at our official May Committee Week Hotel and Meeting site.

    Reservations may be made via the hotel's online reservation system at Boston Marriott Copley Place.. Reservations may also be made by telelphoning the hotel directly at 877-901-2079 (Toll-free Reservations).

    The discounted rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than April 9th, 2020. The ASTM rate is $209 plus tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full. The hotel requires a deposit of one night's room and tax or a major credit card to guarantee your reservation, once submitted a confirmation number will be provided electronically.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent, they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    INTERNET: The Boston Marriott Copley Place offers complimentary in-room basic Wi-fi for all guests under the ASTM group rate.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At The Boston Marriott Copley Place, notice of cancellation must be received 72 hours before your arrival day, in order to avoid incurring one night's room and tax penalty charge.


    Dress and Weather

    Attendees have the option to determine their dress at ASTM meetings. Business casual attire is acceptable at this meeting and appropriate for Boston. The average temperatures in May range from a high of 67 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.


    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee F04 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information about future F04 meetings, please visit F04 Future Meetings.


    Miscellaneous

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    SYMPOSIA REFUND: A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the workshop.

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