ABMcomposite - Arctic Biomaterials

Composites inspired by nature

ABM

Arctic Biomaterials Oy is a company producing biodegradable plastic solutions for the medical and technical industries. The biodegradable glass fiber reinforced PLA materials produced with ABMcomposite technology enable us to fulfill customer needs in demanding applications in an environmentally friendly way.

In the medical field we are able to offer bioresorbable composite solutions with increased strength and in the technical field we offer biodegradable composite solutions for demanding technical applications.

Join us on our journey to make sure we give future generations the possibility to enjoy an innovative, green and healthy planet.

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Arctic Biomaterials is a winning player in a field that requires a strong knowledge of materials, processing and product design for each application. We have assembled a strong, talented and experienced team, on which each key person posseses more than 15 years’ experience in the development or manufacturing of biomaterials and medical devices.

We use our world-class science and engineering expertise to create bioresorbable load-bearing replacement products for metals and help our customers to take advantage of demanding market opportunities.

It is our goal and driving ambition to be the trusted partner of choice, delivering high-value bioresorbable composite materials and solutions to our clients. We use our world-class science and engineering to seize market opportunities and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in resorbable polymer chemistry and processing.

Since bioplastics entered technical application and medical device markets, they have lacked the mechanical and/or thermal properties to be fully utilized in either fields. Arctic Biomaterials has now came up with innovative solutions through its ABMcomposite technology, thus closing the property gap between bioplastics and non-biodegradable plastics.

In the Medical field, this will be the first time that bioresorbable materials will be used in load-bearing applications and, in addition to this, manufacturers will be given the design freedom to make competitive implants for titanium or metal alloys. ABMcomposite technology will open also totally new indications and markets for bioresorbable materials.

In the Technical field, ABMcomposite technology will for the first time introduce materials which can truly compete with traditional composites made using conventional processing techniques. This is due to the materials having comparable processability, high heat resistance and excellent mechanical properties.

ABMcomposite - Medical

Medical

For over thirty years, chemists and scientists all over the world have tried to solve the challenge of developing strong bioresorbable material that can be used for medical implants. The breakthrough is a reality now and our customers can commercialize their visions for strong solid bioresorbable implants using the ABMcomposite technology and technical support from Arctic Biomaterials.

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Technical

The ABMcomposite technology offers high-performance biodegradable and biobased alternatives for demanding technical applications.

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The materials are produced on our long-fiber-reinforced-thermoplastic (LFRT) line. This proprietary biodegradable long glass fiber compounding technology increases the PLA temperature resistance and mechanical properties to new levels and opens a variety of possible application areas in the field where technical plastics are being used. Heat deflection temperature (HDTA) of up to 160 °C can be reached.

The environmental aspect and climate care are deeply embroidered in our company’s DNA.

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The two key indicators in a products’ environmental footprint are greenhouse gases (GHGs) and non-renewable energy use. In some cases compared to traditional technical plastics the amount of GHGs and use of non-renewable energy (per kg of polymer produced) can be reduced as much as 60-80% by using ABMc compounds. For the final calculation/comparison, the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) tool should be used.

Comparison Grades

BIO-GLASSFIBER REINFORCED PRODUCTS

ABM composite LFT technology provides:

  • Excellent stiffness and strength
  • Excellent impact resistance
  • Good creep and fatigue behavior
  • Dimensional stability and low warpage

NON-REINFORCED PRODUCTS

ABM composite compounding technology provides:

  • Excellent impact resistance, higher than ABS
  • Excellent stiffness and strength
  • High Temperature resistance
  • Good surface properties

PARTIALLY BIO-BASED PRODUCTS

ABM composite compounding technology provides:

  • Excellent impact resistance comparable to PC/ABS and PC
  • Good temperature resistance
  • Excellent weld line strength
  • Good flowability
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Quality

Arctic Biomaterials Oy is committed to providing its customers with high-quality products and services.

In the medical field we have built and certified our quality management system in accordance with ISO 13485 requirements in order to to serve our customers providing products to the medical device market.

In the technical field we are working to integrate the ISO 9001 requirements in to our quality management system. In addition, we are working to integrate also the ISO/TS 16949 requirements to serve our customers in the automotive industry.

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Timo Lehtonen

CTO & Founder

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More that 15 years’ research and development experience from material and medical device development. During his career Timo has succesfully carried through in leading scientific role several development projects from ”mad innovation” discovery lab through scale-up to production under different quality requlations (ISO 9001, ISO 13485, FDA QSR). Timo has strong polymer chemistry background with extensive technical knowledge of polymer synthesis (bioresorbable and non-resorbable), analytical methods, glass formulations, drug delivery (implants & inhalers), melt processing methods and 3DCAD product design. Prior founding Arctic Biomaterials Timo’s experience was gained from companies such as Purac Biomaterials (Corbion), Vivoxid, Akela Pharma, Silecs, Schering (Bayer) and UPM.

Ville Ellä

Principal Scientist

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Dr Ville Ellä has an extensive knowledge and work history in the field of bioresorbable polymers and composites for medical indications. He has worked in the frontline of research with the biomedical industry as well as foreign and domestic universities. With those partners he has worked as a project manager for several projects while working in the Tampere University of Technology in Finland and Biomeditech. The projects topics covered the fields of; process development, tissue engineerering (for e.g. cartilage, cardiovascular,and bone purposes), laser forming, micro-manufacturing, conductive resorbable coatings, and bioresorbable electronics to mention some. While working in the University he did his dissertation on the use and manufacturing of polymeric medical fibres for tissue engineering purposes. He had major teaching responsibilities as well as guidance of students M.Sc. work. He was also a co-founder of Scaffdex Ltd. and was working in the development of RegJoint(TM) implant for small joints. He has more than 24 referee publications total more than 107 publications, and he has co-written three pending patent applications.

Niina Ahola

Laboratory Manager

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More than 10 years of experience in the field of medical biomaterials and biodegradable polymers, especially in controlled drug delivery research. She holds a doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining Arctic Biomaterials, she worked as a lecturer of Biomaterials at the Tampere University of Technology.

Mirva Ekman

QA & QC Director

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Mirva is a quality professional with over 10 years of experience from quality management systems (ISO 9001, ISO 13485, FDA QSR), quality assurance, quality control and process improvement. Mirva has worked with tight customer and regulatory requirements within the telecommunications and medical devices business and has gained knowledge of implementing these requirements effectively to quality management system procedures. Mirva is trained for six sigma and lean management tools and practices and has worked in several process.

Miika Lehtola

COO

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Miika has demonstrated a successful track record during his 15 years’ time in Inion Oy to manage production, purchasing and production development during 2001-2007. Thereafter (2007) he was given additional leadership of Inion Inc. supply chain and Inion Oy Administration, Finance and IT, to commercialize products together with Inion team for CMF, Sport, trauma and Spine. As a certified Lean Director, Miika’s passion is to improve customer value in every part of the value chain. January 2016, Miika joined to Arctic Biomaterials as COO.

Arto Meskanen

Principal Engineer

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Mikko Huttunen

Principal Engineer

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Mikko has 15+ year experience on bioresorbable polymers and composites in medical indications. The experience includes product development, materials research, development of new materials, processing and process development in the environment strictly guided by medical device industry standards and quality regulations. His strong academic background and thorough industrial experience has been in crucial role in the realization of several sports medicine products and in manufacturing of numerous CFM and trauma products.

Contact information

Arctic Biomaterials Oy LTD

+358 10 325 5500
info [at] abmcomposite.com

Tomi Kangas

Sales and Marketing Director
+358 46 922 9900
tomi.kangas [at] abmcomposite.com

Miika Lehtola

Chief Operating Officer
+358 40 847 7537
miika.lehtola [at] abmcomposite.com

Timo Lehtonen

Chief Technical Officer

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Arctic Biomaterials Oy LTD

+358 10 325 5500
info [at] abmcomposite.com