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Medical Prosthetic Research Doesn’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

photo of a brain implant

It may be the 21st century, but people are still falling apart.  We rely on medical science to keep us up and running, whether we need an artificial limb, a cochlear implant, a false eye, or a neural implant to manage chronic migraines.  Biomedical engineering is moving at a fast pace; in the past twenty years coronary stents have become run-of-the-mill in hospitals all over the US — good news for the half a million Americans who get one every year.

When Bigger Isn’t Better

The galloping growth of biomedical engineering reflects our need to keep pace with modern life. And when you are trying to keep up, bigger isn’t always better. Neural prosthetics must be tiny and flexible to improve biocompatibility in the brain. For example, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have made significant progress with thin-film flexible polymers over silicon for their neural auditory prosthetics.

Put More Money Back Into Your Research

Biomedical research and development labs run lean and, therefore, need dependable and efficient equipment. Priorclave has worked for decades to supply the ideal autoclave for biomedical R&D: long-lived, hard-working, water and energy efficient. Although you’ll still need a more cumbersome medical-grade sterilizer when it comes time for human trials, our research-grade sterilizers are optimized for the daily grunt work of prototyping and durability/life-cycle testing, subjecting your prototypes to exact same stress and strain as an FDA-approved medical-grade sterilizer without the associated high-cost of purchasing, maintaining, and operating such a behemoth.

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