Issue Date: February 29, 2016
Why chemical companies are investing in high-end polymers
The Finnish start-up Synoste is developing an implant that may soon offer relief to patients whose legs differ in length.
Surgeons insert Synoste’s rod-shaped device into the femur lengthwise. The patient periodically applies a magnetic field to the area, causing the implant to extend like a telescope. New bone then grows around it. The method can lengthen the leg by several centimeters over two to three months.
The device is made, in part, of polyether . . .
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