The Science INSIDE Webinar Series
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Best practices in venting of medical devices
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Recorded on: Feb. 18, 2021, 11:00 am ET

In this webinar designed for medical device engineers, learn from Porex’s head of healthcare markets, Kyle Harris, how to design the best venting solution for your medical device using custom-engineered porous polymers.  Not only is venting an essential function for any sealed or closed system to relieve pressure and protect the device from the external environment, “active” venting solutions can also maintain the sterility of the device or formulation, provide a bacterial barrier, minimize contamination, control odors, and much more. 

With 17 of the top 20 global medical device companies trusting POREX® venting and filtration media, Porex has decades of experience working with many types of medical devices – from infection prevention to drug delivery systems.  Using examples across multiple medical applications, Kyle will explore the relationship between pore size, back pressure, and airflow to help you identify the material that is best suited to vent your specific medical device.  Take a tour of all types of porous materials used for medical device venting – from sintered polyethylene (PE) and PTFE, to track-etched membranes – and understand the benefits and limitations of each venting solution.

When you attend this webinar, you will:

  • Understand the science behind active and passive venting specific to medical devices
  • Discover the benefits of design flexibility for venting using porous polymers (e.g. complex 3D components, adhesive vents, etc.)
  • Learn how porous materials can be used to add functionality to the device beyond “traditional” passive venting
  • Learn what questions to ask in order to find the right venting solution for your medical device
  • See the various material options in action with specific medical device examples

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Kyle Harris

Host: Kyle Harris, Vice President, Healthcare Markets, Porex

Kyle Harris is the Vice President of Healthcare Markets. He joined POREX in 2011. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harris has extensive experience working in a variety of customer-facing global roles supporting Porex’s growth, including Applications Manager, Market Development Manager, Director of Business Development. He was previously a Research Scientist with Expression Therapeutics, an Atlanta based preclinical biotechnology company developing gene therapy-based cures for hemophilia A and B, among other disease indications. Mr. Harris has his Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry both from the University of Georgia.