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SNL Creative and Iridia partner on medical device traceability

To deliver unmatched utility, security, and efficiency in medical device production - ensuring enhanced patient safety and regulatory compliance

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SNL Creative, a Californian additive manufacturing company, and Iridia, a pioneer in embeddable authenticity and traceability solutions, have entered a partnership aimed at revolutionizing the medical device industry. This collaboration promises to deliver unmatched utility, security, and efficiency in medical device production – ensuring enhanced patient safety and regulatory compliance. Iridia’s cutting-edge data embedding solutions will be integrated with SNL Creative’s precision 3D printing capabilities – offering unparalleled benefits to manufacturers, healthcare providers, and patients.

The medical device industry faces several critical challenges including counterfeit devices (8% of medical devices in circulation are estimated to be counterfeit according to the World Health Organization); device recalls (3,202 medical device recalls occurred in 2022 according to the FDA, with Class I recalls increasing by 44% from 2003 to 2012); and patient safety (medical device-related issues are among the top 10 patient safety concerns according to the ECRI Institute).

“Our partnership with Iridia represents a significant leap forward in medical device manufacturing,” said Shawn Zindroski, Founder and COO of SNL Creative. “By merging our precision 3D printing expertise with Iridia’s Embedded Molecular Data technology, we are setting new standards for device authenticity and traceability.”

Iridia’s embedded molecular data technology enables cryptographic security coatings – ensuring the authenticity and integrity of medical devices by providing each device with a unique, verifiable identity; metadata infusion – where patient-specific data can be embedded directly into devices through a durable coating or within device materials; and embedded traceability – allowing for confirmation of origin, destination, and other critical information.

SNL Creative’s expertise covers precision 3D printing of high-quality, precise medical devices and components; a wide range of materials suitable for various medical applications; and tailored finishing solutions to meet specific medical standards and aesthetic requirements.

The collaboration is set to enhance patient safety by ensuring every medical device is authentic and traceable. The integration of patient-specific data within device materials allows for customized treatments, while robust verification methods prevent counterfeit devices from entering the supply chain. Additionally, streamlined production processes and reduced compliance costs will lead to improved workflow efficiency and profitability for manufacturers.

“The integration of our cryptographic molecular identity technology with SNL Creative’s manufacturing expertise marks a new era in medical device safety and reliability,” said Buck Watia, VP of Product and Corporate Development of Iridia. “Together, we are committed to providing healthcare providers and patients with the highest quality devices.”

Companies can partner with SNL Creative and Iridia to produce a new line of devices, where each device can include cryptographic metadata detailing its manufacturing date, batch number, quality control, and even patient data – ensuring compliance with regulatory standards and enhancing patient safety.

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