CMU-NRCT-NIA-PTT have signed MoU for further Research Conduction of Biomedical Plastic that can be digested in Human Body

22 January 2019

CMU Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)

Chiang Mai University (CMU) together with National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), National Innovation Agency (NIA: Public Organization), and Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration of “ Development of Further Research Conduction in field of Bio-Plastic towards Commerce Phase 2 (in period of marketing test) about Production of High Quality Absorbable Polymer for Medical Instruments on Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 at Phraya Sriwisarnwacha Conference Room, Office of the University, Chiang Mai University.

Clinical Professor Niwes Nantachit, President of Chiang Mai University;
Professor Sirirerk Songwilai, Secretariat of National Research Council of Thailand; Dr.Wiwan Thammongkol, Manager for Research and Technological Development of Petroleum and Pretro-chemical Process, Innovative Institute, PTT. Co. Ltd. (Public); and Ms. Montha Gaihiran, Manager of Innovation Promotion, Center of Business Creation of Agricultural Innovation, National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) have signed MoU together and opening press conference about production and sell plastic beats those can be digested by Biological Process in type of medical grade those can be produced in laboratory where uses agricultural products as raw material of Biomass. When this project has been accomplished, it can reduce the import from abroad 100 % and it can be used as original raw material for medical material that can be digested in human body such as melted silk stitches, tubes leading nerve, controller device for releasing drug into human body and medical instruments such as dental materials, screws and covered sheets.

Assistant Professor Dr. Winita Boonyodom, Head of Research Project and Head of Laboratory of Biological Plastic Production for Medical Using, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University said that 4 offices have altogether invest to encourage project of “Production of High Quality Absorbable Polymer for Medical Instrument”.

In building Laboratory of Biological Plastic Production for Medical Using, Chiang Mai University, it is the first laboratory of Thailand where has been recognized by ISO 13458 (System of Management for Quality of Medical Instruments Industry) from TUV SUD, U.S.A. in scope of “ Design and Developing Production and Selling Medical Polymer” for producing and selling Biological Digested Plastic Beats with medical grade according to international standard of ASTM F 1925-09 (Standard Specification for Semi-Crystaline Pol (lactide) Polymer and Copolymer Resins for Surgical Implants) that had developed technological production of Biological Plastic in Thailand by using new reactional accelerator and it has been already registered by foreign patent in U.S.A. Japan, and People’s Republic of China with patent number of US 9, 637, 507 B2 (May 2017) IP 6246225 (November 2017) CN 104903333B (Jan 2018).

Now, this laboratory has produced and selling for trade by using Business Plan of Chiang Mai University has been dealer of this product.

These Biological Digested Plastic Beats in type of medical polyester can be produced in laboratory from raw biomass material of agricultural products such as corn, sugar- cane, cassava for example poly (allactide), poly (allactide-co-caprolactone) (PLC), poly (allactide-co-glycolide) (PLG) with name for trade is CMU – Bioplasorb r PlG selling in price 78,000-90,000 baht/kg. that is cheaper than import from abroad with higher price at 120,000-200,000 baht/kg. These plastic beats in medical grade can be used as original raw material for producing medical materials that can be digested in human body such as melted sink stitches, tubes for leading nerve, controller device for releasing drug into human body and medical instruments such as dental materials, screws, and covered sheet. However, both of these polymer beats and medical materials can not be produced in Thailand. We have to order from abroad with expensive price.
So, it is the most necessity to push the use of medical materials those have passed recognition of standard and Thailand can produce by himself, this will reduce buying waste materials and medical devices from abroad and economics of Thailand will be better. We can develop quality of Thai people’s life in order to have good health. Doctors and patients have approach to select treatment. Industry of medical materials and medical devices is the one of ending plastic production industry that increases more value. There is rate of swiftly growth with trend of extension continually in future.

Since Thailand is going towards elderly society that has been required to conduct research and developing technology of plastic production and innovation of medical devices and medical instruments.

In present researcher team of Biomedical Plastic Productive Laboratory collaborate with medical team and veterinarian team have taken Biomedical Plastic Beats to further be developed by creating form as melted silk stitches type of one line and it has been sticked with needle and be sterilized and containing in package that is ready for use. This melted silk stitches can be digested by hydrolysis reaction by system of metabolism in human body. So, it can reduce process of treatment. And it is unnecessary for patients to be operated again.Patients don’t need to pay more money and they will not hurt many times. If this project has been accomplished, we can reduce import from abroad 100%.

With all of above reasons, 4 offices have arranged Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) for collaboration of conducting research for further development of Bio-plastic towards commerce phase 2 (in period of marketing test) on topic of “ High Production of Absorbable Polymer for Medical Instruments”. This leads to the MoU signing for collaboration of conducting further research that has been signed by Clinical Professor Niwes Nantachit, President of Chiang Mai University; Professor Sirirerk Songwalai, Secretariat of National Research Council of Thailand; Dr. Pan – art Chairatana, Director of Innovation Agency (Public Organization); and Dr. Wiwan Thammongkol, Manager for Research and Technology, Department of Petroleum, Innovative Institute, Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT), PTT Co. Ltd.(Public).

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Winita Boonyodom, Head of Laboratory for Bio-plastic for Medical Using, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University; mobile phone 081-4810781;
E-mail: winitacmu@gmail.com

Require to buy products, please contact Science and Technology Park, Chiang Mai University (SteP), 2nd Floor (Building A), Directing Building, Science and Technology Park of Northern Part of Thailand (Chiang Mai),
155 Moo 2, Mae-Hea Sub-District, Muang District, Chiang Mai, 50100
Tel. (mobile phone) 081-969-6919; 053-942088-91 ext. 308
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