Corrosion Impacts in Biomedical Devices

Corrosion Technical Series

Corrosion Impacts in Biomedical Devices

April 5-6, 2022
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST each day
Virtual (Zoom)

What truly happens to metallic implants and medical devices when placed in the human body? The biological interaction with metallic biomaterials and corrosion is endlessly complex with potentially beneficial or exceedingly dangerous effects.

This 2-day virtual short course brings together industry and academic experts to explore the many facets of corrosion impacts in metallic biomaterials and biomedical devices from those we intend to corrode (such as biodegradable stents and sutures/clips) to those meant to last (hip and knee implants). Walk away with a firm foundation surrounding the interface between metals and biology; from an introduction into how corrosion works within the human body, to common types of corrosion, the types of alloys you will encounter in the industry, as well as other contributing factors, including surface tribology and corrosion (or tribocorrosion), fretting corrosion, crevice corrosion, and chemical and biological degradation, that play heavily into the life of the device.

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Course highlights

Industry and academic experts will share their knowledge and experiences to give you insights into the types of corrosion you can expect, appropriate testing methods to identify corrosion, and guidance on remediation tactics, including:

  • Asset longevity - what's meant to corrode, what's not
  • Metallic materials in the human body and their applications
  • Choosing the right materials for their service life
  • Simulating in vivo
  • Small and large devices (from stents to joint replacements)
  • Corrosion mitigation methods
  • Test methods and performance tests
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) Methods
  • Advance tribocorrosion methods
  • Implant retrieval analysis
  • What does the future hold for the industry?

    Learning objectives

    • Recognize the impact of corrosion, biology, and chemistry on biomedical devices and metallic biomaterials used in the human body.
    • Distinguish the difference between devices meant to corrode (biodegradable alloys including magnesium) versus those meant to withstand the impacts of biology and corrosion.
    • Identify the effects of corrosion and tribocorrosion ( Medical devices – specific corrosion aspect – when you have degradation and corrosion in body – usually combination conjoint degradation process – other factors that play heavily is surface tribology or mechanics – tribocorrosion – in particular it's fretting corrosion and fretting crevice corrosion – -abrasion of surface and chemistry and then throw in biology around that on biomedical devices and metallic biomaterials).
    • Review the corrosion test methods and standards applicable to biomedical devices.

    Featured lecturers

    • Dr. Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D., FBSE, FAIMBE, Hansjorg Wyss Endowed Chair, Professor of Bioengineering Clemson University and the Director, Clemson – MUSC Bioengineering Program Medical University of South Carolina
    • Dr. Bruce Pound, Senior Managing Scientist and Medical Devices Consultant at Exponent
    • Dr. Michael Bryant, Associate Professor, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Stephanie ​Smith, PhD, Biomedical Engineer, Intracolumnar Spinal Devices Team Food & Drug Administration

      Who should attend

      Professionals from the following company types:

      • OEM
      • Medical Device Engineers
      • Researchers/Academics
      • Regulatory Affairs Experts
      • Alloy Manufacturers
      • Test Laboratory Consultants and Engineers
      • Design Engineers
      • Product Development
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      2 Day Course

      Program pricing

      Advance registration: $295 (ends March 1, 2022)

      Regular registration: $349

      Biocorrosion Special Issue

      This special issue from CORROSION journal provides information on different aspects of materials used as orthopedic implants.

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