Shape Memory Polymers: Smart Actuators
MedShape’s team of engineers and scientists have a proven track record in understanding and developing SMPs. Though other researchers have developed numerous formulations of SMPs, MedShape was the first company to have FDA cleared and commercialized medical devices manufactured from shape memory polymers. Our proprietary PEEK Altera® biomedical polymer allows devices to enter the target surgical site in a compact geometry and then be mechanically triggered to deploy into the optimal geometry for maximum fixation inside bone.
PEEK Altera offers many clinical advantages over regular PEEK:
- Increased deformability without compromising the material strength and toughness
- Less invasive insertion approach
- Reduced force requirements to deploy
Devices manufactured from PEEK Altera are biocompatible, biostable, radiolucent and MRI safe.
 DL Safranski and JC Griffis. Shape-Memory Polymer Device Design. Elsevier. 2017.