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Lexington, MA, United States

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.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2014-01-09

Implants for osteo and osteochondral repair have been developed. These implants include a series of channels between the upper and lower surfaces of the implants, such that when implanted the lower surfaces are situated in an area rich in bone marrow and the channels provide a means for the bone marrow to migrate through the implant. Preferably the implants are made from resorbable polymer fibers, preferably arranged in braids that are knitted or woven together such that the braids are substantially parallel with each other. The implants may be rolled into a bundle of braids with the axis of the braids substantially parallel to the axis of the bundle, to provide channels along the axis of the bundle. A preferred embodiment includes P4HB fibers braided and knitted into a structure that is coated with a ceramic, preferably physiologic calcium phosphate.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2015-07-30

Absorbable implants for breast surgery that conform to the breast parenchyma and surrounding chest wall have been developed. These implants support newly lifted breast parenchyma, and/or a breast implant. The implants have mechanical properties sufficient to support a reconstructed breast, and allow the ingrowth of tissue into the implant as it degrades. The implants have a strength retention profile allowing the support of the breast to be transitioned from the implant to regenerated host tissue, without significant loss of support. Three-dimensional implants for use in minimally invasive mastopexy/breast reconstruction procedures are also described, that confer shape to a patients breast. These implants are self-reinforced, can be temporarily deformed, implanted in a suitably dissected tissue plane, and resume their preformed three-dimensional shape. The implants are preferably made from poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB) and copolymers thereof. The implants have suture pullout strengths that can resist the mechanical loads exerted on the reconstructed breast


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2014-07-11

Absorbable implants for breast surgery that conform to the breast parenchyma and surrounding chest wall have been developed. These implants support newly lifted breast parenchyma, and/or a breast implant. The implants have mechanical properties sufficient to support a reconstructed breast, and allow the in-growth of tissue into the implant as it degrades. The implants have a strength retention profile allowing the support of the breast to be transitioned from the implant to regenerated host tissue, without significant loss of support. Three-dimensional implants for use in minimally invasive mastopexy/breast reconstruction procedures are also described, that confer shape to a patients breast. These implants are self-reinforced, can be temporarily deformed, implanted in a suitably dissected tissue plane, and resume their preformed three-dimensional shape. The implants are preferably made from poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB) and copolymers thereof. The implants have suture pullout strengths that can resist the mechanical loads exerted on the reconstructed breast.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2015-08-19

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.

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