[caption id="attachment_86958" align="alignright" width="360"] Robert Torgerson, president of RxFiber, uses a tensile tester to measure the mechanical properties of the company's new RxFibron HT medical-grade fiber.[/caption]
WINDSOR -- A local, small manufacturing startup RxFiber, LLC, launched its first commercially available medical-grade fibers.
RxFiber produces custom medical grade fiber used by the medical device industry that is ideal for a wide range of clinical applications, including: endovascular, vascular, orthopedic devices and valves, suture, and biomaterial fiber for other associated uses.
The market for medtech devices that can contain medical-grade fiber is estimated to be $61.42 million within the U.S. alone, according to industry sources.
"We are also the first manufacturer dedicated solely to engineering custom made, medical-grade fibers for the medical device industry, using polyester biomaterial to produce both absorbable and nonabsorbable properties," said Robert Torgerson, a biomaterial engineer, founder and president of RxFiber with 30 years of experience in the medical device industry.
"Our high quality, next generation fiber products are available in both small or large quantities."
[caption id="attachment_86959" align="alignleft" width="302"] Resin pellets are the first stage in the manufacture of custom medical-grade fiber devloped by RxFiber.[/caption]
According to Mr. Torgerson, textile manufacturers in Central America originally made most of the fibers used in implantable medical devices, but they did not have traceable quality systems that met U.S. medtech manufacturer standards. When these firms went out of business, they left a supplier gap for the medtech industry.