Lubricious Coating - HydroSleek2 Information

Posted by Josh Simon on Wed, Jun 06, 2012 @ 10:45

I would like to draw your attention to a new video available that details a new lubricious coating called Hydrosleek2.  To access the video click on the button below, and enjoy.

Within the presentation, you will find information on coefficient of friction and processing of the coating, both before and after sterilization and aging.  In previous posts I have talked about the importance of this sort of data:  a company displaying friction data must qualify whether the data is for aged and/or sterilized coating or virgin coating.  They must also talk about the nature of the testing that was performed on the coating to obtain the friction data, especially for durability.  Recall a study we did on the effects of pinch testing parameters on hydrophilic coatings


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Biocoat Releases Three New Hydrophilic Coatings

Posted by Josh Simon on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 @ 03:50

Biocoat, Inc., maker of lubricious HYDAK® hydrophilic coatings introduced three new hydrophilic coatings for medical devices to its classic lineup. "HydroSleek2", the new successor to the original HydroSleek lubricious coating, with improved processing and biocompatibility. "The HydroSleek Kit" is another variation on the HydroSleek coating, which allows the product to be stored and transported under a wider array of conditions. Third, the "Hydak® T-040 Kit" is a remake of another classic, Hydak® L-110, also allowing for wider availability to Asian and European markets.

All of these coatings are based on high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid (HA). This technology has applications among a range of fields including ophthalmology, urology, cardiology, endoscopy, and neurovascular. HydroSleek coatings have overcome the trade off between lubricity and durability seen in cross-linked coatings. Additionally, HydroSleek involves a heat-cure process so both ID and OD may be coated without the concerns surrounding UV curing.

These new products will act as Biocoat's front line solution to medical device firms seeking to reduce surface friction for their devices. Each of these new products possesses the same beneficial characteristics of the family of HYDAK® coatings, plus advancements device manufacturers have requested.

For further comments or questions, email Dr. Josh Simon, Senior Product Manager at jsimon at biocoat dot com.

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Hydrophilic Coatings Webinar Available Online

Posted by Josh Simon on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 @ 02:11

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An archive of the webinar we recently announced on hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings is now available to everyone for download.  Please stop by and grab the file and listen to it.

Click here to download the hydrophilic coatings webinar.

The webinar was sponsored by Biocoat and Specialty Coating Systems. Half of the presentation by Josh Simon is actually about hydrophilic coatings and the second half by Lonny Wolgemuth talks about hydrophobic coatings. Remember, hydrophilic means "water loving". Hydrophobic means "water fearing". The webinar sets the record straight on which is which and why you would want to use some in specific applications.

For both coatings, lubricity is discussed, i.e. how slippery they are respectively, as well as some basic mechanical properties and medical device applications. 

All in all, I am told this is a pretty good overview of coatings, and it is a nice place to start if you are just beginning your research on this area for possible future products or medical devices. 


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