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Tepha Inc | Date: 2017-06-28

Methods to produce thermoforms from P4HB homopolymer and blends thereof have been developed. These thermoforms are produced from films and sheets including P4HB, wherein the intrinsic viscosity of the P4HB is less than 3.5 dl/g, but greater than 0.35 dl/g, and the thermoforms are produced at a temperature equal to or greater than the softening point of P4HB, and more preferably at a temperature higher than the melting point of P4HB. A preferred embodiment includes a P4HB thermoform wherein a film or sheet including a P4HB polymer is thermoformed at a temperature between its melting point and 150 C. In a particularly preferred embodiment the thermoform is a laminate made from a P4HB film and a P4HB mesh.


Patent
Tepha Inc | Date: 2017-08-02

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: 2017-04-17

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: 2017-04-17

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: 2017-08-02

Oriented resorbable implants made from poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB) and copolymers thereof, have been developed that contain one or more antimicrobial agents to prevent colonization of the implants, and reduce or prevent the occurrence of infection following implantation in a patient. These oriented implants are particularly suitable for use in procedures where prolonged strength retention is necessary and there is a risk of infection. Coverings and receptacles made from poly-4- hydroxybutyrate and copolymers thereof, containing antimicrobial agents, have also been developed for use with implantable devices to prevent colonization of these devices, and to reduce or prevent the occurrence of infection following implantation of these devices in a patient. These coverings and receptacles may be used to hold, or partially or fully cover, devices such as pacemakers and neurostimulators. Preferably, the coverings and receptacles are made from meshes, non-wovens, films, fibers, and foams, and contain rifampin and minocycline.


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.


Resorbable three-dimensional implants that can be temporarily deformed, implanted by minimally invasive means, and resume their original shape in vivo, have been developed. These implants are particularly suitable for use in minimally invasive procedures for tissue reinforcement, repair of hernias, and applications where it is desirable for the implant to contour in vivo to an anatomical shape, such as the inguinofemoral region. In the preferred embodiment, the implants are made from meshes of poly -4- hydroxybutyrate monofilament that have reinforced outlying borders that allow the meshes to form three-dimensional shapes that can be temporarily deformed. These implants can resume three-dimensional shapes after being temporarily deformed that contour to the hosts tissue or an anatomical shape, for example, in the repair of a hernia, and particularly a hernia in the inguinofemoral region. The implants can contour to the hosts tissue for example, of the inguinofemoral region, without the implants wrinkling, bunching or folding.


Absorbable monofilament fibers and self-retaining sutures with high tensile strengths have been developed. The straight pull tensile strengths of the absorbable self-retaining sutures closely approximate, equal or exceed the average minimum knot-pull tensile standards set by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). These higher strength absorbable self-retaining sutures can therefore be used either without needing to oversize the suture for a given procedure, or by oversizing the self-retaining suture by no more than 0.1 mm in diameter. In one embodiment, the absorbable self-retaining sutures are made from poly-4-hydroxybutyrate or copolymers thereof. Methods for producing absorbable self-retaining sutures that have high tensile strengths and pronounced sheath-core structures wherein the sheath is harder than the core are also provided. The self-retaining sutures may be made by spinning and orienting a monofilament fiber of poly-4- hydroxybutyrate or copolymer thereof and inserting retainers in monofilament fibers.


Continuous processing methods are used for making absorbable polymeric non-wovens, with anisotropic properties, improved mechanical properties and without substantial loss of polymer molecular weight during processing. The method includes producing dry spun-non wovens from a polymer, and collecting the fibers using a rotating collector plate, preferably a rotating cylinder, to collect the non-woven instead of a fiberglass stationary collector plate. The non-wovens can be used for a variety of purposes including fabrication of medical devices.


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.

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