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Spire wins US grants for prostheses coating:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Spire Biomedical is to develop coatings that could reduce the wear of and increase the lifetime of two materials used in hip and knee orthopaedic prostheses - ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and cobalt-chrome metal. Using the company's proprietary ion beam deposition process, UHMWPE will be coated with a tough, biocompatible, ceramic coating while the cobalt chrome component will be treated with a metal matrix composite surface, said Bedford, Massachusetts-based Spire. The company has received two grants totalling $200,000 from the US National Institutes of Health.

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