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Stephen Fitzgerald

Stephen Fitzgerald is a Development Engineer and has been with Boyd Technologies since 2018. In his current role he provides engineering expertise on material sourcing, product development, and the commercialization of new products. Stephen received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously he worked with Boston University where he co-authored a paper regarding the behavioral effects of a mechanically confining PEG/Collagen network on cancer cells. In his spare time he enjoys running and strategy games.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Trying to Reverse Engineer Adhesive

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The process of reverse engineering is demanding work: an analyst initially works with limited information about a product and uses that information to analyze it to discover its composition. When reverse engineering is performed for a product that has a chemical composition--as compared to a machine or a software program--the process is also referred to as deformulation. The major and minor components of the composition are separated and broken down in order to be identified.

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A Closer look at Advanced Flexible Materials: Hydrogel

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Join us for a quick video and take a closer look at a hydrogel from our Sourcebook library. 

 

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3D Bioprinting in Orthopedics

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The use of flexible materials in the medical field has revolutionized the treatment of a variety of conditions. Orthopedics, in particular, has the potential to benefit enormously from the recent advances in 3D printing. Flexible materials in the form of hydrogels are dominating the research on hard and soft tissue scaffolding. The techniques using hydrogels to create biocompatible scaffolds allow for scalable, customizable products that encourage regeneration of damaged tissue. 

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Bioprocessing Single-use Technologies - A Primer

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According to BCC Research, the global single-use technology market will reach over $4.3 billion by 2021. The most significant increase will be in the highly adaptable disposable mixing system segment. Mixing systems are used in every form of biopharmaceutical production as well as through stages of testing. 

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The Top 7 Reasons Why Medical Devices Fail

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Medical device failures are typically the result of deficiencies in safety check procedures or a lack of attention to potential risks in the design process. Often displaying an eagerness to expedite a device's introduction to the market, device manufacturers may pay scant attention to the need for testing, robust components, and rigorous quality control procedures. Below is a look at the top seven reasons why medical devices fail along with some tips for avoiding those pitfalls.

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