Designing Disinfectant-Ready Medical Devices

On-Demand Available until March 21, 2018

Frequent exposure to aggressive disinfectants and drugs, as well as repeated physical strain, damages medical device housings and hardware made with commonly used materials. Device failures not only impact quality of patient care but also increase overall operational costs. Choosing a material that can withstand these harsh conditions without compromising durability is essential to preventing cracks, crazes, and premature failure and prolonging housing longevity. This is especially true as portability becomes increasingly important in the medical environment. 

Designing devices meant to last longer than the competition requires a close look at why commonly used materials are failing and an understanding of how different plastics perform in the environment in which they will be used. Using the right testing protocol to determine answers to these critical questions is vital. 

In this 60-minute Webinar, Eastman experts will unveil a new 4-step testing protocol that identifies weak points earlier in the development process, allowing for easier adjustments to devices prior to going to market. It’s a protocol that takes only 24 hours to complete. 

In addition, presenters will examine Tritan™ copolyester – how it’s changing device housings and hardware to live up to today’s expectations and how it has undergone rigorous testing to prove itself durable and reliable against hospital infection-control protocols. An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentations.



Yubiao Liu, Ph.D., Medical Application Development Representative and Medical Technology Platform Leader

Yubiao Liu, Ph.D., joined Eastman Chemical Company in 2012 as the Medical Application Development Representative, specializing in Tritan™ copolyester for applications in the medical device industry. In 2006, Yubiao worked at Greatbatch Medical as a research scientist, working on the development of biomimetic coating and on an antimicrobial coating project. He also has eight years of medical industry experience in polymer and biomaterial synthesis and polymer material evaluation. In addition, Yubiao has experience in providing support to 510(k) submissions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in material science and engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Akron. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Akron and Emory University School of Medicine, focusing on polymer synthesis and biomaterial surface modification.


Cynthia Lewis, Market Insight and Strategy Manager

Cynthia Lewis is a Market Insight and Strategy Manager at Eastman Chemical Company, responsible for providing market insights and strategy for the medical portfolio in Eastman’s Specialty Plastics business. Cynthia joined Eastman in 2013 with 40 years of experience working in a variety of market research positions. Most recently, she spent three years as a contract market research expert specializing in technical customer understanding in the medical market. Prior to that, Cynthia was Senior Market Research Manager at Ethicon Endo-Surgery where she drove market research for Ethicon Endo-Surgery’s major minimally invasive device platforms and emerging markets strategies in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with an MBA with emphasis in marketing as well as a master’s degree in market research.

Ellen Turner, Market Development Manager, Medical Device

Ellen Turner is the Market Development Manager for specialty plastics in medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company. She assumed this role in April 2014 and is responsible for leading the North American and global market segment teams for specialty plastics in medical devices. Ellen joined Eastman in 1995 and has worked in a variety of positions. She spent nine years in Eastman’s Fine Chemicals manufacturing and technology organizations, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, and two years in plasticizer technical service. In addition, she worked for eight years in technology, technical service, and application development. Ellen graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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