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Resorbable multifilament yarns and monofilament fibers including poly-4-hydroxybutyrate and copolymers thereof with high tenacity or high tensile strength have been developed. The yarns and fibers are produced by cold drawing the multifilament yarns and monofilament fibers before hot drawing the yarns and fibers under tension at temperatures above the melt temperature of the polymer or copolymer. These yarns and fibers have prolonged strength retention in vivo making them suitable for soft tissue repairs where high strength and strength retention is required. The multifilament yarns have tenacities higher than 8.1 grams per denier, and in vivo, retain at least 65% of their initial strength at 2 weeks. The monofilament fibers retain at least 50% of their initial strength at 4 weeks in vivo. The monofilament fibers have tensile strengths higher than 500 MPa. These yarns and fibers may be used to make various medical devices for various applications.


Implantable fasteners that can be repositioned after implantation, and implants including these repositionable implantable fasteners, have been developed. The fasteners are designed to fixate medical devices and other implantable components in the body, and can be adjusted after initial fixation in tissue to reposition the implanted medical device. The fasteners include a plurality of tissue retainers emanating from a supportive backing, wherein the tissue retainers can swivel from the plane of the supportive backing to engage tissue. The fasteners are fixated in tissue by movement in a first direction, and can be removed when pulled in a direction opposite to the first direction. The fasteners may be attached to medical devices before or after implantation. In one embodiment, the implant is a mastopexy device in the form of a mesh and the repositionable fastener.


Methods to produce micro-fiber webs containing fibers of 4- hydroxybutyrate or copolymers thereof with average diameters from 0.01 to 100 m, have been developed. The micro-fiber webs are produced by centrifugal spinning. These methods allow the micro-fiber webs to be produced without substantial loss of the polymer weight average molecular weight. Webs containing micro-fibers of poly-4-hydroxybutyrate or copolymer thereof, are made by centrifugal spinning. The micro-fibers have average diameters ranging from 0.01 to 100 m and contain crimped fibers with a higher elongation at break fibers when compared to fibers derived by melt-blown extrusion, dry spinning and electrospinning. The fibers of the micro-fiber webs have a high degree of orientation. These micro-fiber webs can be used for a variety of purposes including fabrication of medical devices.


Methods to produce perforated collagen coated meshes for use as implants have been developed. The method involves positioning needles through the pores of the mesh, coating the mesh with a collagen solution, freezing the coated mesh, removing the needles from the frozen coated mesh, drying the collagen coated mesh, and optionally cross-linking the coated mesh. The method allows perforated collagen coated meshes to be prepared with variable thickness, and without damage to the surface of the mesh. The perforations of the collagen coated meshes may be designed to prevent the formation of fluid pockets when the coated meshes are implanted, and to permit rapid incorporation into host tissue. The perforated collagen coated meshes may be used for soft tissue repair, regeneration or remodeling including, for example, hernia repair, mastopexy, treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic floor reconstruction, and ligament and tendon repair.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2017-02-09

A mastopexy implant for maintaining the breast in an elevated and aesthetically pleasing position includes a lower pole support comprising end portions which may be affixed to the chest wall or to a previously installed upper suspension strut. The implant is loaded in an insertion device. The insertion device is inserted through a small incision and into a subcutaneous pocket created in an inferior half of the breast. The lower pole support may have various constructs and in one embodiment includes a unitary conformable mesh having a plurality of arm or band members which are attached across the breast parenchyma and to the chest wall.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2016-07-21

Absorbable polyester fibers, braids, and surgical meshes with prolonged strength retention have been developed. These devices are preferably derived from biocompatible copolymers or homopolymers of 4-hydroxybutyrate. These devices provide a wider range of in vivo strength retention properties than are currently available, and could offer additional benefits such as anti-adhesion properties, reduced risks of infection or other post-operative problems resulting from absorption and eventual elimination of the device, and competitive cost. The devices may also be particularly suitable for use in pediatric populations where their absorption should not hinder growth, and provide in all patient populations wound healing with long-term mechanical stability. The devices may additionally be combined with autologous, allogenic and/or xenogenic tissues to provide implants with improved mechanical, biological and handling properties.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2016-08-22

Toughened compositions of PLA and PLA copolymers are disclosed, which also have low tensile modulus values and greater elongation to break. These toughened compositions are prepared by blending PLA and PLA copolymers with poly-4-hydroxybutyrate, and copolymers thereof. Blending of poly-4-hydroxybutyrate with PLA and its copolymers has been found to impart advantageous properties to the resulting blend. These compositions, and objects formed from these compositions, have improved toughness and lower stiffness than polylactic acid polymers or copolymers alone.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2016-08-22

Toughened compositions of PLA and PLA copolymers are disclosed, which also have low tensile modulus values and greater elongation to break. These toughened compositions are prepared by blending PLA and PLA copolymers with poly-4-hydroxybutyrate, and copolymers thereof. Blending of poly-4-hydroxybutyrate with PLA and its copolymers has been found to impart advantageous properties to the resulting blend. These compositions, and objects formed from these compositions, have improved toughness and lower stiffness than polylactic acid polymers or copolymers alone.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2016-02-11

Compositions of P4HB with high purity have been developed. The compositions are prepared by washing P4HB biomass prior to solvent extraction, and precipitating P4HB from solution. The same solvent is preferably used to wash the P4HB biomass, and as a non-solvent to precipitate the polymer from a P4HB solvent solution. The highly pure P4HB compositions are suitable for preparing implants. The implants may be used for the repair of soft and hard tissues.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2016-09-23

Compositions of P4HB with high purity have been developed. The compositions are prepared by washing P4HB biomass prior to solvent extraction, and precipitating P4HB from solution. The same solvent is preferably used to wash the P4HB biomass, and as a non-solvent to precipitate the polymer from a P4HB solvent solution. The highly pure P4HB compositions are suitable for preparing implants. The implants may be used for the repair of soft and hard tissues.

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