Vallum’s mission is to develop, produce and deliver innovative and disruptive nano-scale surface technologies to affordably improve implantable medical devices and thereby improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
Vallum’s PEEKplus® nanotextured surface is uniquely differentiated in the spinal device market from other advanced PEEK interbody devices because it is not a coating, it is not porous, and no chemicals are infused into the PEEK. Rather, nano-scale concavities of 20-50 nanometers are superimposed into the existing microsurface of the PEEK to create the nanotexture of PEEKplus®. Importantly, nanotexturing (<100 nm) has been shown to be beneficial to osteoblast functions that are necessary to grow bone and promote fusion.”[i],[ii]
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[i] Ganesan Balasundaram and Thomas J. Webster. A perspective on nanophase materials for orthopedic implant applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry, Issue 38, 2006
[ii] Gabriel Colon. Brian C. Ward, Thomas J. Webster. Increased osteoblast and decreased Staphylococcus epidermidis functions on nanophase ZnO and TiO2. Published online 2 June 2006 in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.30789