Upcoming Webinars: Medical

Top 3 Factors Impacting the Useful Life of Medical Devices


A proposed EPA rule on ethylene oxide sterilization emissions soon will take effect. How will these new requirements impact you and your customers, and what options exist? Material alternatives beyond metal are available that are compatible with multiple sterilization processes and withstand repeated cycles.

This 30-minute webinar will explore current alternative materials for devices requiring sterilization. In particular, it will present comparative performance data for specialty polyetherimide resin and polysulfones (PPSU, PSU), both before and after undergoing different sterilization processes. Specifically, the webinar will examine data variations for three factors – material strength, durability, and compatibility with sterilization – which can impact the useful life of medical devices.

The presentation includes:

  • A look at non-metal materials that are compatible with multiple sterilization methods and resistant to chemicals
  • A review of comparative performance data for specialty polyetherimide resin and polysulfones
  • An examination of the impacts of sterilization on material strength and durability that can affect device life

A Q&A session with presenters will follow the technical presentation.


Paul Nugent, Senior Business Manager, SABIC Specialties

As Senior Business Manager of SABIC Specialties, Paul Nugent is responsible for ULTEM™ resin product strategy. Since joining SABIC in 2004, he has held roles in application development, business management, and sales. Paul previously served in engineering and product management positions at NCR Corporation and Wiremold, where he was awarded 11 patents. Paul holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Greg Spangler, Senior Leader, Technical Development, SABIC Specialties

Greg Spangler serves as the Senior Leader, Technical Development, at SABIC Specialties, where he is responsible for leading technical programs and application development across North America including in the Medical Device segment. Since joining SABIC in 2011, he has held roles in application development, processing, and sales. Greg holds a master’s degree in engineering for manufacturing systems from Lawrence Technological University.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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